The 2005-06 NHL season was the 88th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). The season lasted from October 5, 2005 to June 19, 2006.
This was the season after the non-existent 2004-05 season which was canceled due to a labour dispute with the NHL Players' Association over the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the league and its players.
On July 13, 2005, the NHL, and NHLPA jointly announced that they had tentatively agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement which would allow the resumption of hockey for the 2005-06 season.
The agreement was voted on July 21, 2005 by NHLPA members and approved by a nearly 7-to-1 margin. The following day, the NHL's board of governors (owners) voted unanimously to approve the new agreement.
A new logo for the NHL was also unveiled, with "NHL" printed in upward-reading letters to project a vibrant, optimistic image, and having silver as the dominant color to pay homage to the Stanley Cup.
Also, new Eastern and Western Conference logos were unveiled before the Olympic break, with red as the dominant East color, and blue as the dominant West hue.
American television also had a new look. OLN took over broadcasting rights after ESPN decided not to renew their rights on cable television.
The network, owned by Comcast, had Monday and Tuesday night games during the regular season under an exclusivity clause prohibiting local telecasts those nights in the two participating teams' markets.
Comcast high-speed cable internet customers could watch at least seven games a week over the internet as part of the new TV deal.
After experimenting with many rule changes in 2004-05 in the American Hockey League, many of the rule changes from the previous year were adopted, with changes:
- The shootout features only three shots per team, and if it is still tied, the shootout becomes sudden death.
In preseason games (regardless of the outcome) shootouts were held. This rule is similar to the one used in 2004-05 in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
For 2005-06, however, the AHL and ECHL shootouts remained at five shots, and the SPHL adopted the five shot format. Shootouts are only in effect for regular-season games. Playoff games will continue with twenty-minute periods until a sudden-death goal is scored.)
- The no-touch icing rule used in the AHL in 2004-05 is abolished. However, the ECHL continues no-touch icing.
- The neutral zone becomes smaller by four feet (1.2 m).
- All blue and red lines are returned to the traditional width of 12 inches (31 cm). The double-width lines used in the AHL 2004-05 season were abandoned.
- If a team ices the puck, it is not allowed to make a line change afterwards. (This rule was not experimented with in the 2004-05 AHL season.)
- Linesmen are given more discretion when it comes to waving off icing calls when they are accidentally made as the result of a failed pass attempt.
- A longstanding ECHL rule in which players who instigate a fight in the last five minutes of a game will be given a game misconduct penalty plus a one-game suspension is adopted. Furthermore, the player's coach will be fined $10,000 (US).
- All referees are equipped with wireless microphones so they can now announce penalties over the public address system, similar to NFL referees.
- With multiple penalties, only the first will be announced by the referee calling the penalty, with the others being announced by the arena's ice-side PA announcer.
- Any player that shoots the puck over the glass (without deflection) from his own defensive zone will be penalized for delay of game. After the 2006 Olympic break, the rule has been modified to read that the puck must cross the glass before crossing the blue line.
- After the 2006 Olympic break, all sticks to be used in the shootout will be measured prior to use.
The rule experimentation was based on the previous season of play in the American Hockey League, and was based on creating a more exciting game and will create more scoring opportunities, and therefore more goals.
Furthermore, a new Competition Committee was formed to discuss future rule changes, and players were invited to participate in the discussion.
The NHL season began on October 5, and for the first time in the league's history, all of the league's thirty teams played a game on opening night. In the first period of each game, all teams wore a jersey (sweater) with a special patch as the league and players association auctioned off those jerseys for the benefit of the Red Cross in both the USA and Canada earmarking the proceeds for Hurricane Katrina victims (the Islanders' ECHL affiliate in Biloxi, Mississippi suspended operations for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons because of this disaster; furthermore, the NHL had a Stanley Cup tour of ECHL cities to raise additional funds for relief efforts; Hurricane Rita also affected the Minnesota Wild, as their AA affiliates.).
On opening night of this season, Jean-Pierre Dumont of the Buffalo Sabres scored the first goal of the regular season, and Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley, of the Ottawa Senators became the first players to score the winning goals for a shoot out in NHL history, both scoring against Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour. Their sticks were subsequently sent to the nearby Hockey Hall of Fame.
The NHL All-Star Game, which would have been in Phoenix, Arizona this year, did not take place (the city will host the event in a future year as a replacement); the league instead took a break in February so that many of its players could participate in the 2006 Winter OlympicsGames in Turin, Italy.
The new schedule features more intra-division games in order to promote division rivalries. Consequently, there are whole divisions in the opposite conference that teams never played during the season.
Rangers defenseman Marek Malik scored the winning goal in the 15th round, pulling the puck between his own legs to defeat Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, giving the Rangers the victory by the final score of 3-2.
Three early-season games had to be rescheduled due to various events. Hurricane Wilma had forced the NHL to reschedule two Florida Panthers home games.
It was rescheduled to January 23, 2006 with the game starting 1-0 for Nashville as Greg Johnson's goal from the original date was allowed to stand. The game that was originally scheduled for January 23rd at Nashville between the two teams was moved to March 30, 2006.
On January 14th the New York Rangers retired the Number 11 of long-time captain Mark Messier to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. The Rangers would beat Messier's former team, the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in overtime.
Ovechkin was checked to the ice by Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara on a breakaway between the Coyotes' faceoff circles, but rolled to his back, reached over his head with his stick and hooked the puck in behind goaltender Brian Boucher.
On January 19, Los Angeles Kings veteran left-winger Luc Robitaille scored his 550th, 551st, and 552nd goals as a member of the Kings, eclipsing Marcel Dionne's franchise record (550). The 40-year old Robitaille retired at season's end.
The season was rocked with scandal in early February when it came to light that Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet was found to be involved in a $1.6 million illegal sports gambling ring with Mafia ties.
Apparently no betting on NHL games was being done, but bets were being placed on college and professional football and college and basketball.
Although Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky denied any knowledge or involvement in the ring, initial reports stated that wiretapped phone conversations he had proved that he not only knew about the ring, but was trying to find ways to conceal his wife's involvement in it. He was later cleared of these accusations, but long-term implications to his reputation are still unknown. For more information, see Operation Slapshot.
Mason was given the goal as he was the last Predator to have touched the puck. It was the ninth regular season that a goal was scored by a goaltender in NHL history.
The last goal of the regular season was scored by Kyle Calder of the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, which ended the 2005-06 regular season at 10:50 EDT on April 18, 2006.
Red-shaded team won the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Orange-shaded team clinched the other conference.
Yellow-shaded teams clinched the other four divisions.
Green-shaded teams clinched the remaining ten playoff berths.
Numbers in parentheses indicate ranking in conference. Division leaders are automatically ranked 1-3. These three, plus the next five teams in the conference standings, earn playoff berths at the end of the season.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
|New Jersey Devils (3)||82||46||27||9||242||229||101|
|Philadelphia Flyers (5)||82||45||26||11||267||259||101|
|New York Rangers (6)||82||44||26||12||257||215||100|
|New York Islanders (12)||82||36||40||6||230||278||78|
|Pittsburgh Penguins (15)||82||22||46||14||244||316||58|
|Ottawa Senators (1)||82||52||21||9||314||211||113|
|Buffalo Sabres (4)||82||52||24||6||281||239||110|
|Montreal Canadiens (7)||82||42||31||9||243||247||93|
|Toronto Maple Leafs (9)||82||41||33||8||257||270||90|
|Boston Bruins (13)||82||29||37||16||230||266||74|
|Carolina Hurricanes (2)||82||52||22||8||294||260||112|
|Tampa Bay Lightning (8)||82||43||33||6||252||260||92|
|Atlanta Thrashers (10)||82||41||33||8||281||275||90|
|Florida Panthers (11)||82||37||34||11||240||257||85|
|Washington Capitals (14)||82||29||41||12||237||306||70|
|Detroit Red Wings (1)||82||58||16||8||305||209||124|
|Nashville Predators (4)||82||49||25||8||259||227||106|
|Columbus Blue Jackets (13)||82||35||43||4||223||279||74|
|Chicago Blackhawks (14)||82||26||43||13||211||285||65|
|St. Louis Blues (15)||82||21||46||15||197||292||57|
|Calgary Flames (3)||82||46||25||11||218||200||103|
|Colorado Avalanche (7)||82||43||30||9||283||257||95|
|Edmonton Oilers (8)||82||41||28||13||256||251||95|
|Vancouver Canucks (9)||82||42||32||8||256||255||92|
|Minnesota Wild (11)||82||38||36||8||231||215||84|
|Dallas Stars (2)||82||53||23||6||265||218||112|
|San Jose Sharks (5)||82||44||27||11||266||242||99|
|Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (6)||82||43||27||12||254||229||98|
|Los Angeles Kings (10)||82||42||35||5||249||270||89|
|Phoenix Coyotes (12)||82||38||39||5||246||271||81|
If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order: 
- The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
- The greater number of games won.
- The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
- The greater differential between goals for and against.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
|Joe Thornton||Boston Bruins/San Jose Sharks||81||29||96||125||+31||61|
|Jaromir Jagr||New York Rangers||82||54||69||123||+34||72|
|Alexander Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||81||52||54||106||+2||52|
|Dany Heatley||Ottawa Senators||82||50||53||103||+29||86|
|Daniel Alfredsson||Ottawa Senators||77||43||60||103||+29||50|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||81||39||63||102||-1||110|
|Eric Staal||Carolina Hurricanes||82||45||55||100||-8||81|
|Ilya Kovalchuk||Atlanta Thrashers||78||52||46||98||-6||68|
|Marc Savard||Atlanta Thrashers||82||28||69||97||+7||100|
|Jonathan Cheechoo||San Jose Sharks||82||56||37||93||+23||25|
Minimum 1,000 minutes played.
Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
|Miikka Kiprusoff||Calgary Flames||74||4379:40||42||20||11||151||10||.923||2.07|
|Dominik Hasek||Ottawa Senators||43||2583:58||28||10||4||90||5||.925||2.09|
|Manny Legace||Detroit Red Wings||51||2905:09||37||8||3||106||7||.915||2.19|
|Cristobal Huet||Montreal Canadiens||36||2102:59||18||11||4||77||7||.929||2.20|
|Henrik Lundqvist||New York Rangers||53||3111:53||30||12||9||116||2||.922||2.24|
|Manny Fernandez||Minnesota Wild||58||3411:14||30||18||7||130||1||.919||2.29|
|Ilja Bryzgalov||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||31||1575:13||13||12||1||66||1||.910||2.51|
|Marty Turco||Dallas Stars||68||3910:12||41||19||5||166||3||.898||2.55|
|Vesa Toskala||San Jose Sharks||37||2039:13||23||7||4||87||2||.901||2.56|
|Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||73||4364:35||43||23||7||187||5||.911||2.57|
Stanley Cup playoffsEdit
- Main article: 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference QuarterfinalsEdit
Western Conference QuarterfinalsEdit
Eastern Conference SemifinalsEdit
Western Conference SemifinalsEdit
Eastern Conference FinalsEdit
Western Conference FinalsEdit
Stanley Cup FinalsEdit
- Main article: 2006 Stanley Cup Finals
|Carolina vs. Edmonton|
|June 5||Edmonton 4||5 Carolina|
|June 7||Edmonton 0||5 Carolina|
|June 10||Carolina 1||2 Edmonton|
|June 12||Carolina 2||1 Edmonton|
|June 14||Edmonton 4||3 Carolina||OT|
|June 17||Carolina 0||4 Edmonton|
|June 19||Edmonton 1||3 Carolina|
|Carolina wins series 4–3 and Stanley Cup|
|Cam Ward (Carolina) wins Conn Smythe Trophy|
The following are players of note who played their first NHL game in 2005-06:
- Colby Armstrong, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Keith Ballard, Phoenix Coyotes
- Kevin Bieksa, Vancouver Canucks
- Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche
- Chris Campoli, New York Islanders
- Matt Carle, San Jose Sharks
- Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Jussi Jokinen, Dallas Stars
- Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
- Andrew Ladd, Carolina Hurricanes
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
- Andrej Meszaros, Ottawa Senators
- Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
- Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
- Corey Perry, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Dustin Penner, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames
- Petr Prucha, New York Rangers
- Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers
- Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks
- Alexander Steen, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Lee Stempniak, St. Louis Blues
- Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres
- Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes
- Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
- Ian White, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Ryan Whitney, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Wojtek Wolski, Colorado Avalanche
The following is a list of players who played their last NHL game in 2005-06:
- Dave Andreychuk, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Andrew Cassels, Washington Capitals
- Eric Daze, Chicago Blackhawks
- Eric Desjardins, Philadelphia Flyers
- Tie Domi, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Jiri Fischer, Detroit Red Wings
- Tom Fitzgerald, Boston Bruins
- Brett Hull, Phoenix Coyotes
- Steve Konowalchuk, Colorado Avalanche
- Greg Johnson, Nashville Predators (statistical quirk showed he scored goal before start of a game)
- Brian Leetch, Boston Bruins
- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Bryan Marchment, Calgary Flames
- Alexander Mogilny, New Jersey Devils
- Zigmund Palffy, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings
- Eric Weinrich, Vancouver Canucks
- Scott Young, St. Louis Blues
- Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
See also Edit
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- 2005 NHL Entry Draft
- 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs
- 2005-06 NHL Transactions
- NHL All-Rookie Team