Team Recap: 25th-Seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators

The #25 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '05-'06 Ottawa Senators.

The #25 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators.

  • Daniel Alfredsson (RW)
    • 9 GP   7 G   6 A   13 P   -2   44 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   11 Stars
  • Brandon Bochenski (RW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   +3   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Zdeno Chara (D)
    • 9 GP   2 G   5 A   7 P   -1   14 S   0 GWG   27 PIM   6 Stars
  • Patrick Eaves (RW)
    • 9 GP   3 G   3 A   6 P   +5   12 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   2 Stars
  • Ray Emery (G)
    • 2 GP   0-0-0   1.00 GAA   .909 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Mike Fisher (C)
    • 9 GP   2 G   6 A   8 P   +5   20 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Dominik Hasek (G)
    • 9 GP   5-4-0   2.89 GAA   .884 SV%   1 SO   4 Stars
  • Dany Heatley (LW)
    • 9 GP   2 G   9 A   11 P   -3   50 S   1 GWG   6 PIM   2 Stars
  • Chris Kelly (C)
    • 9 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   17 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brian McGrattan (RW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Andrej Meszaros (D)
    • 9 GP   1 G   5 A   6 P   +4   20 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Chris Neil (RW)
    • 8 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -1   25 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   1 Stars
  • Chris Phillips (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brian Pothier (D)
    • 9 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +5   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wade Redden (D)
    • 9 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -5   14 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter Schaefer (LW)
    • 9 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   +5   14 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Christoph Schubert (D)
    • 9 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bryan Smolinski (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   20 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jason Spezza (C)
    • 9 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -3   28 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Vaclav Varada (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +3   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Antoine Vermette (C)
    • 9 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -1   12 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Anton Volchenkov (D)
    • 9 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   +4   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 5-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 32
  • Goals/Game: 3.56
  • Goals Allowed: 28
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.11
  • Shots: 381
  • Shots Allowed: 247
  • Shots/Game: 42.3
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 27.4
  • # of PP’s: 19
  • PPG’s: 3
  • PP%: 15.8%
  • TSH: 15
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 86.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 57

This team was pretty damn good. The ’05-’06 Senators won 19 of their first 22 games. A very similar team the next season went to the Stanley Cup Final. However, in this tournament, a dynasty was in their way and ended their tournament pretty early.

1st Round:

Swept 40th-seeded ’77-’78 Colorado Rockies, 4-0

2nd Round:

Defeated by 8th-seeded ’78-’79 New York Islanders, 4-1

Under head coach Bryan Murray, who is currently the GM of the franchise, the ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators finished the regular season with a record of 52-21-9, which was good for 113 points and 1st in the Northeast Division. This Sens team was ranked 1st in the league in goals for with 314 and 3rd in the league in goals against with 211. Hockey Reference ranked Ottawa’s strength of schedule at 23rd in the league, but their SRS rating system had Ottawa as the best team in the league that year. However, they ran into a familiar foe in the playoffs that ended their season prematurely. They easily dispatched of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Conference Quarterfinals in five games. In the Conference Semifinals, they were eliminated by the Buffalo Sabres in five games with three losses coming in overtime. The Sens would get revenge in the playoffs the following year.

The ’05-’06 Senators were powered by the CASH Line or the Pizza Line. Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza were a very special trio. Heatley and Alfredsson both posted 103 points and Spezza posted 90 in just 68 games played. The next highest point total was 50 from both Peter Schaefer and defenseman Wade Redden. Heatley and Alfredsson were also the top two on the team in goals with 50 and 43, respectively. Mike Fisher was third on the team in goals with 22. Spezza led the team in assists with 71, again, in just 68 games played. Alfredsson and Heatley were second and third on the team in assists with 60 and 53, respectively. Defensemen Wade Redden and Andrej Meszaros were the top two in plus/minus on the team at +35 and +34, respectively. Alfredsson and Heatley, along with defenseman Bryan Pothier, were tied for third on the team in plus/minus at +29. Goaltending was almost virtually split for the Sens between Dominik Hasek and Ray Emery. Hasek made 43 appearances and posted a 2.09 goals against average and a .925 save percentage with five shutouts. Emery made 39 appearances and posted a 2.82 goals against average and a .902 save percentage with three shutouts. However, this was caused by an injury to Hasek in the 2006 Winter Olympics and ultimately why Emery was the team’s starting goaltender in the playoffs that year.

Up next is the #26 seed, the ’08-’09 Washington Capitals!

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