Semifinal Round Recap and Team Stat Leaders through Five Rounds

We are now ready to begin the Ultimate NHL Final, but first a look back at the Semifinals. One series was mostly dominated by one team, but the other much much better. The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens dominated their bitter rivals, the ’73-’74 Boston Bruins, in a five-game series. I was personally hoping for better from arguably the most bitter rivalry in all of sports, let alone hockey. On the flip side, the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames needed seven games to reach the final over the ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres despite being up 3-0 in the series at one point.

The Flames took the first three games by scores of 3-2, 2-0 and 3-2 again. So, they were close games. In Game 4, the Sabres were trailing late in the third, but got a goal in the final minute by Danny Gare to force overtime where they would get an OT winner from Tony McKegney to stave off elimination. Buffalo then got a late winner in the third period to take Game 5 by a score of 3-2 to force a Game 6 where the Sabres would dominate and win 6-3 to force a Game 7. Calgary held a 5-3 lead late in the third period, but Buffalo scored two goals in seven seconds to tie it and force a Game 7 OT where Hakan Loob would finally send the Flames to the inaugural Ultimate NHL Final.

Now, here are the team stats leaders through the Semifinal!

Goals per game:

  1. ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers – 5.00
  2. ’83-’84 Edmonton Oilers – 4.77
  3. ’78-’79 New York Islanders – 4.55
  4. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 4.54
  5. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 4.42

Goals allowed per game:

  1. ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks – 1.50
  2. ’96-’97 New Jersey Devils – 1.75
  3. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 2.07
  4. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 2.10
  5. ’02-03 Dallas Stars – 2.33

Shots per game:

  1. ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers – 47.7
  2. ’98-’99 Carolina Hurricanes – 44.7
  3. ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues – 43.8
  4. ’08-’09 Florida Panthers – 42.8
  5. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 42.8

Shots allowed per game:

  1. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 21.6
  2. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 24.8
  3. ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks – 25.1
  4. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 25.3
  5. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 26.5

Power play efficiency:

  1. ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets – 44.44% (4-for-9)
  2. ’37-’38 New York Americans – 40.00% (2-for-5)
  3. ’12-’13 Pittsburgh Penguins – 37.50% (3-for-8)
  4. ’03-’04 Tampa Bay Lightning – 35.29% (6-for-17)
  5. ’79-’80 Minnesota North Stars – 30.00% (3-for-10)

Penalty kill efficiency:

  1. ’73-’74 Boston Bruins (35-for-35), ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets (12-for-12), ’61-’62 Toronto Maple Leafs (6-for-6), ’25-’26 Pittsburgh Pirates (2-for-2) – 100.00%
  2. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 92.31% (24-for-26)
  3. ’78-’79 New York Islanders (22-for-24), ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks (11-for-12) – 91.67%
  4. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 90.91% (60-for-66)
  5. ’06-’07 Anaheim Ducks – 89.58% (43-for-48)

There you have it as far as the stat leaders among overall teams. I’m now gonna work on a post for skater and goalie stat leaders and have that posted shortly.

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