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The 2006–07 NHL season was the 89th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Originally, the NHL would have celebrated its 90th anniversary this season; however, the cancellation of the 2004–05 NHL season pushed the 90th season back until the 2007–08 NHL season. The 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs began on April 11, 2007 and concluded on June 6, with the Anaheim Ducks defeating the Ottawa Senators to win their first Stanley Cup.

League business

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim officially shortened their name to the Anaheim Ducks prior to the season, introducing a new logo and color scheme. This reflected a clean break from their original owners, The Walt Disney Company, who originally named the team after the movie, The Mighty Ducks.

Regular season

The NHL All-Star Game returned after a two-year absence when the Dallas Stars hosted the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game at the American Airlines Centermarker on January 24, 2007. Dallas hosted the All-Star Game for the first time, and it was the first time the Stars franchise had had hosted the game since 1972, when it was hosted by the-then Minnesota North Stars. The West defeated the East by a score of 12–9, with Danny Briere of the Buffalo Sabres being named MVP of the game.

Final standings

Buffalo Sabres won the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the purpose of conference rankings, 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.

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Tiebreaking procedures

If two or more clubs are tied in points during the regular season, the standing of the clubs is determined in the following order:

  1. The fewer number of games played (i.e., superior points percentage).
  2. The greater number of games won.
  3. The greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs.
  4. The greater differential between goals for and against.

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 79 36 84 120 +10 60
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks 82 22 92 114 +24 44
Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning 82 52 56 108 +2 44
Dany Heatley Ottawa Senators 82 50 55 105 +31 74
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning 82 43 59 102 +7 28
Marian Hossa Atlanta Thrashers 82 43 57 100 +18 49
Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 82 36 64 100 +2 46
Jaromir Jagr New York Rangers 82 30 66 96 +26 78
Marc Savard Boston Bruins 82 22 74 96 -19 96
Danny Briere Buffalo Sabres 81 32 63 95 +17 89

Leading goaltenders

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
Player Team GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA
Niklas Backstrom Minnesota Wild 41 2,226 23 8 6 73 5 .929 1.97
Dominik Hasek Detroit Red Wings 56 3,340 38 11 6 114 8 .913 2.05
Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 78 4,696 48 23 7 171 12 .922 2.18
Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks 76 4,490 47 22 6 171 5 .921 2.28
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim Ducks 56 3,244 36 10 8 122 4 .918 2.26


Playoff bracket

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage, which gives them a maximum possible four games on their home ice, with the other team getting a maximum possible three. In the Stanley Cup Final, home ice is determined based on regular season points, giving the Anaheim Ducks home ice for this year's series. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format. This means that the higher-seeded team will have Games 1 and 2, plus 5 and 7 if necessary, played on their home ice, while the lower-seeded team will be at home for the other games. The format ensures that the team with home ice advantage will always have home ice for the "extra" game if there are an odd number of games in a series.


Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators

Date Away Score Home Score Notes NBC
May 28 Ottawa 2 Anaheim 3
May 30 Ottawa 0 Anaheim 1
June 2 Anaheim 3 Ottawa 5
June 4 Anaheim 3 Ottawa 2
June 6 Ottawa 2 Anaheim 6
Anaheim win series 4–1VS-CBC, VS-CBC, NBC-CBC, NBC-CBC, NBC-CBC.
Scott Niedermayer wins Conn Smythe Trophy

NHL awards

2006-2007 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s)
Stanley Cup: Anaheim Ducks
Presidents' Trophy: Buffalo Sabres
Prince of Wales Trophy: Ottawa Senators
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Anaheim Ducks
Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins
Calder Memorial Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Conn Smythe Trophy: Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes
Hart Memorial Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jack Adams Award: Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Lester B. Pearson Award: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy: Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild
Vezina Trophy: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
William M. Jennings Trophy: Niklas Backstrom & Manny Fernandez, Minnesota Wild
Lester Patrick Trophy: Brian Leetch, Cammi Granato, Stan Fischler, John Halligan

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils G Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning
Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks D Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins C Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators RW Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals LW Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres

Events and milestones

Several former players had their jersey numbers retired during this season:

Numerous players reached major milestones during the season:

The NHL's youth movement continued:

Numerous other milestones, events, and happenings occurred as well:

  • On November 9, 2006, the Anaheim Ducks set an NHL open era record by remaining undefeated in regulation for the first 16 games of the season, with 12 wins and four overtime losses. The previous mark was set by the 1984–85 Edmonton Oilers, who had 12 wins and three ties.

  • On February 22, 2007, eight games went to overtime, setting a record for most on one day. Four of these games went to a shootout. One of the shootouts, between the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres, was the culmination of a game that saw a huge fight, the result of a late hit on Sabres co-captain Chris Drury, that resulted in 100 penalty minutes and three game misconduct ejections.

  • For the first time in NHL history, neither of the previous season's Stanley Cup finalists qualified for the playoffs, as both the Edmonton Oilers and defending champion Carolina Hurricanes failed to qualify. The Hurricanes are also the first Stanley Cup Champion since the 1995-96 New Jersey Devils to miss the playoffs the season after their victory.

  • On June 2, 2007, the Stanley Cup Finals returned to Ottawa for the first time in over 80 years, since the final match between the original Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins on April 13, 1927 was played. As reported by The Canadian Press, 99 year-old Russell Williams is in attendance, who attended the previous Finals game. The Senators won the game, 5–3.


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2006–07:

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2006–07 (listed with their last team):

See also


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