Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff Award Winners!!!

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Conn Smythe/Hart Memorial (MVP):

From the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff Champions, the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, defenseman Larry Robinson!!! I know right? In 21 games played, he posted five goals and 37 assists, second-most in the tournament, for 42 points. He was also a +32, tied for second in the tournament, with 125 shots on goal, one game-winning goal and just six penalty minutes. He also posted a team-high 23 star points.

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  • 2nd – EDM – C – Wayne Gretzky – 24 GP   32 G   38 A   70 P   +25   187 S   4 GWG   8 PIM   34 Star Points
  • 3rd – PHX – G – Mike Smith – 16 GP   16 GS   8-6-2   3.06 GAA   .925 SV%   21 Star Points

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Maurice “Rocket” Richard (Most Goals):

From the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers, center Wayne Gretzky with 32 goals in 24 games played!

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  • 2nd – MDA – RW – Teemu Selanne – 27   (in 19 GP)
  • 3rd – EDM – RW – Glenn Anderson – 21   (in 24 GP)

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Art Ross (Most Points):

From the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers, center Wayne Gretzky with 70 points in 24 games played!

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  • EDM – RW – Glenn Anderson – 54   (in 24 GP)
  • MDA – C – Andy McDonald – 50   (in 19 GP)

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Vezina (Best Goalie):

From the 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings, goaltender Rogie Vachon! He started all 15 games for the Kings and posted a 11-3-1 record to go along with a 1.67 goals against average, best in the UNP, and a .936 save percentage, second-best in the UNP! He also posted the most shutouts in the tournament with three!

Recent Hall of Fame inductee, Rogie Vachon. (Photo via kings.nhl.com)

  • 2nd – PHX – G – Mike Smith – 16 GP   16 GS   8-6-2   3.06 GAA   .925 SV%   21 Star Points
  • 3rd – CAR – G – Cam Ward – 9 GP   9 GS   4-4-1   2.67 GAA   .930 SV%   12 Star Points

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Lady Byng (Sportsmanship/High Standard of Play):

From the 19th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, center Andy McDonald! In 19 games played, McDonald finished as the tournament’s third-leading scorer with 50 points (16 G, 34 A). His 34 assists were also good for third in the tournament. He was also a +31 with 118 shots on goal and one game-winning goal. He was tied for second in the tournament in Star Points with 26 and did it all with taking just two minor penalties in the tournament.

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  • 2nd – EDM – C – Wayne Gretzky – 24 GP   32 G   38 A   70 P   +25   187 S   4 GWG   8 PIM   34 Star Points
  • 3rd – MDA – RW – Teemu Selanne – 19 GP   27 G   19 A   46 P   +31   145 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   26 Star Points

James Norris Memorial (Best Defenseman):

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From the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff Champions, the top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, as well as UNP Most Valuable Player, defenseman Larry Robinson!

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  • 2nd – MTL – D – Guy Lapointe – 21 GP   13 G   29 A   42 P   +34   149 S   2 GWG   8 PIM   20 Star Points
  • 3rd – CGY – D – Al MacInnis – 10 GP   7 G   11 A   18 P   +8   48 S   1 GWG   16 PIM   10 Star Points

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Ted Lindsay (Outstanding Player):

From the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers, center Wayne Gretzky!

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  • 2nd – MDA – C – Andy McDonald – 19 GP   16 G   34 A   50 P   +31   118 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   26 Star Points
  • 3rd – BUF – C – Gilbert Perreault – 15 GP   19 G   22 A   41 P   +31   96 S   6 PIM   19 Star Points

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Tiger Williams (Most PIM):

From the 15th-seeded ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche, winger Chris Simon! In 22 games played in the tournament, Simon finished with 61 penalties in minutes, which included three ejections!

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  1. PHI – D – Glen Cochrane – 60   (in 18 GP; includes four ejections)
  2. WSH – D – Scott Stevens – 50   (in 15 GP; includes two ejections)

That does it for the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff Award winners!!! The end of this post officially marks the beginning of the UNP offseason, which includes team recaps before the qualifying tournaments for the Fourth Annual UNP!

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Skater and Goalie Stat Leaders at Conclusion of Tournament

Now here are the major stat leaders among all skaters and goaltenders at the conclusion of the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff!

Here is the link to the Google Doc listing every skaters’ stats.

Skater stat leaders at the conclusion of the tournament:

Goals:

  1. EDM – C – Wayne Gretzky –  32   (in 24 GP)
  2. MDA – RW – Teemu Selanne – 27   (in 19 GP)
  3. EDM – RW – Glenn Anderson – 21   (in 24 GP)
  4. BUF – C – Gilbert Perreault – 19   (in 15 GP)
  5. MTL – LW – Steve Shutt – 19   (in 21 GP)

Assists:

  1. EDM – C – Wayne Gretzky – 38   (in 24 GP)
  2. MTL – D – Larry Robinson – 37   (in 21 GP)
  3. MDA – C – Andy McDonald – 34   (in 19 GP)
  4. EDM – RW – Glenn Anderson – 33   (in 24 GP)
  5. MDA – D – Scott Niedermayer – 30   (in 19 GP)

Points:

  1. EDM – C – Wayne Gretzky – 70   (in 24 GP)
  2. EDM – RW – Glenn Anderson – 54   (in 24 GP)
  3. MDA – C – Andy McDonald – 50   (in 19 GP)
  4. MDA – RW – Teemu Selanne – 46   (in 19 GP)
  5. EDM – C – Mark Messier – 44   (in 24 GP)

Plus/Minus:

  1. MTL – D – Guy Lapointe – +34   (in 21 GP)
  2. BUF – D – Jim Schoenfeld – +34   (in 15 GP)
  3. MTL – D – Larry Robinson – +32   (in 21 GP)
  4. MDA – C – Andy McDonald/MDA – RW – Teemu Selanne – +31   (in 19 GP)
  5. BUF – RW – Danny Gare/BUF – C – Gilbert Perreault/BUF – D – John Van Boxmeer – +31   (in 15 GP)

Shots:

  1. EDM – C – Wayne Gretzky – 187   (in 24 GP)
  2. EDM – C – Mark Messier – 152   (in 24 GP)
  3. MTL – D – Guy Lapointe – 149   (in 21 GP)
  4. EDM – RW – Glenn Anderson – 149   (in 24 GP)
  5. COL – RW – Claude Lemieux – 146   (in 22 GP)

Game-winning goals:

  1. VAN – C – Ryan Kesler – 5   (in 14 GP)
  2. EDM – C – Mark Messier – 5   (in 24 GP)
  3. SJS – LW – Dany Heatley – 4   (in 19 GP)
  4. MTL – C – Pete Mahovlich – 4   (in 21 GP)
  5. COL – C – Joe Sakic – 4   (in 22 GP)

Penalties in minutes:

  1. COL – LW – Chris Simon – 61   (in 22 GP; includes three ejections)
  2. PHI – D – Glen Cochrane – 60   (in 18 GP; includes four ejections)
  3. WSH – D – Scott Stevens – 50   (in 15 GP; includes two ejections)
  4. HAR – RW – Kevin Dineen – 33   (in 17 GP; includes one ejection)
  5. EDM – D – Ken Linseman – 33   (in 24 GP; includes one ejection)

Star Points (3 points for being 1st star of a game, 2 points for being 2nd star of a game, 1 point for being 3rd star of a game):

  1. EDM – C – Wayne Gretzky – 34   (in 24 GP)
  2. MDA – C – Andy McDonald/MDA – RW – Teemu Selanne – 26   (in 19 GP)
  3. MTL – D – Larry Robinson – 23   (in 21 GP)
  4. PHX – G – Mike Smith – 21   (in 16 GP)
  5. PHI – LW – Brian Propp – 21   (in 22 GP)

Here is the link to the Google Doc listing every goalies’ stats.

Goalie stat leaders at the conclusion of the tournament:

Goals against average:

  1. LAK – Rogie Vachon – 1.67   (in 15 GP)
  2. MTL – Ken Dryden – 2.38   (in 21 GP)
  3. VAN – Roberto Luongo – 2.57   (in 14 GP)
  4. CHI – Corey Crawford – 2.58   (in 12 GP)
  5. BUF – Don Edwards – 2.60   (in 15 GP)

Save percentage:

  1. CLE – Gilles Meloche – .948%   (in 5 GP)
  2. LAK – Rogie Vachon – .936%   (in 15 GP)
  3. CAR – Cam Ward – .930%   (in 9 GP)
  4. SLE – Bill Beveridge – .929%   (in 4 GP)
  5. CBJ – Steve Mason – .928%   (in 6 GP)

Shutouts:

  1. LAK – Rogie Vachon – 3   (in 15 GP)
  2. MTL – Ken Dryden – 2   (in 21 GP)
  3. STL – Mike Liut – 1   (in 8 GP)
  4. MNS – Cesare Maniago/FLA – Mike Vernon – 1   (in 9 GP)
  5. CGY – Mike Vernon – 1   (in 10 GP)

Star Points among goalies only(3 points for being 1st star of a game, 2 points for being 2nd star of a game, 1 point for being 3rd star of a game):

  1. PHX – Mike Smith – 21   (in 16 GP)
  2. LAK – Rogie Vachon – 15   (in 15 GP)
  3. PHI – Pelle Lindbergh – 14   (in 22 GP)
  4. HAR – Mike Liut – 13   (in 17 GP)
  5. CAR – Cam Ward – 12   (in 9 GP)

Now it is time to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Ultimate NHL Awards! That post will be up tonight!

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Team Stat Leaders at Conclusion of Tournament

Now that the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff has ended, it is time to look at which teams were the best at each major statistic.

Here is the link to the Google Doc listing every teams’ stats.

Team stats leaders at the conclusion of the tournament:

Goals per game:

  1. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 5.60   (84 in 15 GP)
  2. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 5.29   (111 in 21 GP)
  3. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 5.21   (99 in 19 GP)
  4. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 5.17   (124 in 24 GP)
  5. ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues – 4.88   (39 in 8 GP)

Goals allowed per game:

  1. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings – 1.67   (25 in 15 GP)
  2. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 2.38   (50 in 21 GP)
  3. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 2.50   (30 in 12 GP)
  4. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 2.60   (39 in 15 GP)
  5. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 2.73   (30 in 11 GP)

Shots per game:

  1. ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues – 49.6   (397 in 8 GP)
  2. ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings – 48.3   (290 in 6 GP)
  3. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 47.7   (906 in 19 GP)
  4. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 47.2   (472 in 10 GP)
  5. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 46.1   (691 in 15 GP)

Shots allowed per game:

  1. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 23.4   (491 in 21 GP)
  2. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings – 25.9   (389 in 15 GP)
  3. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 27.6   (414 in 15 GP)
  4. ’71-’72 New York Rangers – 30.9   (495 in 16 GP)
  5. ’70-’71 Boston Bruins – 31.2   (187 in 6 GP)

Power play efficiency:

  1. ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators – 50.0%   (9-for-18 in 11 GP)
  2. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 45.0%   (18-for-40 in 21 GP)
  3. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 39.1%   (18-for-46 in 24 GP)
  4. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 33.3%   (13-for-39 in 19 GP)
  5. ’75-’76 California Golden Seals – 33.3%   (4-for-12 in 5 GP)

Penalty kill efficiency:

  1. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 100.0%   (9-for-9 in 12 GP)
  2. ’83-’84 Quebec Nordiques – 94.4%   (17-for-18 in 7 GP)
  3. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 92.9%   (13-for-14 in 11 GP)
  4. ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche – 88.6%   (39-for-44 in 22 GP)
  5. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 87.5%   (21-for-24 in 10 GP)

Following this post will be the list of the final skater and goalie stat leaders. That will post will be up within the hour.

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Robinson’s OT Goal Clinches Third UNP Title as Top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens Sweep 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Oilers

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Much like in Game 2, it was the 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers who broke out to an early lead. It took just five minutes and ten seconds for Wayne Gretzky to score his 30th of the tournament. Then, halfway through the opening period, the Oilers added to their lead with Glenn Anderson‘s 21st of the tournament. Gretzky registered the primary assist. Edmonton opened up a 3-0 lead when defenseman Randy Gregg scored his first goal of the tourney with about a minute and forty second remaining in the first. The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, with just 16 seconds left, ended Edmonton’s run with defenseman Serge Savard‘s first goal of the tournament.

The game remained 3-1 in favor of Edmonton going into the second period and just after the eight minute mark, Guy Lafleur interfered with Oilers goalie Andy Moog sending Edmonton to the game’s first PP. The Canadiens PK was able to kill it off and shortly after Lafleur left the box, Yvan Cournoyer scored his 13th to cut the lead down to one. A little over a minute later Anderson was given a double-minor for high-sticking, which sent a red hot Montreal PP to work. It only took 33 seconds into the first minor for Steve Shutt to score his 18th, unassisted, to tie the game at three. The second minor was killed off by the Oilers, but they were shorthanded again in the final couple minutes of the middle frame when defenseman Charlie Huddy was called for holding. They would be able to kill that one off.

After two periods, the Oilers held a slight shot advantage 17-15. They then retook their lead three and a half minutes into the third when Gretzky scored his second of the night. Mark Messier, again, tallied the only helper. Almost five minutes later, the Oilers took another multi-goal lead when Ken Linseman notched his seventh of the tourney. However, less than a minute later, Doug Risebrough scored his third to make it a one-goal game again. Then, a couple minutes later, Edmonton retook a two-goal lead when Gretzky completed his hat trick bid. He now has 32 goals on the tournament. After missing out on an opportunity on the PP, the Canadiens did narrow the lead back to one courtesy of Shutt’s second of the game.

That left just under five minutes left in regulation. Montreal would not need all five of those minutes though as defenseman Guy Lapointe tied it with about three minutes and 20 second remaining. It remained tied after regulation, but Edmonton continued to have a slight lead in shots. That would not last early on in overtime. Defenseman Larry Robinson scored 6:21 into overtime to clinch the title for the Canadiens as Montreal wins their third UNP title out of three tries. During those six plus minutes of play, the Canadiens outshot the Oilers 5-1. So, the Oilers held 3-0, 5-3 and 6-4 leads, but could not close the door on Montreal’s offense, which nobody really did all tournament long.  Continue reading

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Three Goals in Second Period Help Lead Top-seeded ’76-’77 Canadiens to 3-0 Series Lead with 5-3 Win

Two goals and three points from Pete Mahovlich have the Canadiens one game away from sweeping the Oilers for their third straight UNP Championship! (via icehockey.wikia.com)

The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens scored first this time around and it was Pete Mahovlich who got it started with his seventh goal of the tournament almost nine minutes into the opening period. Defenseman Larry Robinson continued his solid series with yet another assist on Mahovlich’s goal. The 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers responded with a couple minutes left in the period when Glenn Anderson scored his 19th of the tournament from defenseman Lee Fogolin Jr. It only took until a little over three minutes into the second period for Montreal to retake their lead. Murray Wilson scored his sixth of the tournament with helpers from Mahovlich and defenseman Pierre Bouchard. It would not be a UNP game without a PP goal from Montreal and that happened about halfway through the second period. Anderson was called for holding and then halfway through the PP, Jacques Lemaire scored his sixth to give the Habs a 3-1 lead.

Then with a little under five minutes left in the second, defenseman Charlie Huddy was called for boarding. That gave the very hot Montreal PP a second chance and this time it was Guy Lafleur scoring his 14th to give the Canadiens a 4-1 lead. Anderson scored his second of the game just a minute later to cut the lead in half heading into the third period. After successfully killing off a Montreal PP, Edmonton got their own PP when Bouchard was called for holding four and a half minutes into the third. However, a shorthanded goal from Mahovlich would put a nail in the Oilers’ coffin while ending Andy Moog‘s night in net as Edmonton pulled him for backup Grant Fuhr. The Oilers would get one back from Wayne Gretzky, his 29th, a couple minutes later, but Montreal would hold on for a 5-3 win and a 3-0 series lead.  Continue reading

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