Team Recap: 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators

The 26th-seeded '05-'06 Ottawa Senators

The 26th-seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators

  • Daniel Alfredsson (RW)
    • 12 GP   9 G   14* A   23* P   +4   72 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   12* Stars
  • Zdeno Chara (D)
    • 12 GP   4 G   6 A   10 P   +8*   30 S   2* GWG   12* PIM   3 Stars
  • Patrick Eaves (RW)
    • 12 GP   3 G   2 A   5 P   -1   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ray Emery (G)
    • 1 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (4 SA)   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Mike Fisher (C)
    • 12 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   24 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dominik Hasek (G)
    • 12 GP   12 GS   7-4-1   3.42 GAA   .905 SV%   0 SO   8 Stars
  • Dany Heatley (LW)
    • 12 GP   14* G   9 A   23* P   +4   82* S   2* GWG   4 PIM   12* Stars
  • Chris Kelly (C)
    • 12 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   10 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brian McGrattan (RW)
    • 10 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Andrej Meszaros (D)
    • 12 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -4   15 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Neil (RW)
    • 12 GP   4 G   2 A   6 P   +1   18 S   2* GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brian Pothier (D)
    • 12 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -4   15 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wade Redden (D)
    • 12 GP   0 G   8 A   8 P   +7   10 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter Schaefer (LW)
    • 12 GP   3 G   3 A   6 P   -1   20 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Christoph Schubert (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jason Spezza (C)
    • 12 GP   2 G   9 A   11 P   -2   37 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   1 Stars
  • Antoine Vermette (C)
    • 12 GP   4 G   3 A   7 P   +7   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Anton Volchenkov (D)
    • 12 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 7-4-1
  • Goals Scored: 43
  • Goals/Game: 3.58
  • Goals Allowed: 41
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.42
  • Shots: 370
  • Shots Allowed: 435
  • Shots/Game: 30.8
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 36.3
  • # of PP’s: 19
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 5.26% – Worst in tournament
  • TSH: 24
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 87.5% – 6th-best in tournament, excluding teams that were 100% on PK
  • Penalties in minutes: 56

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. They have represented the reincarnation of the original Ottawa Senators in both Ultimate NHL Playoffs, with similar results.

First Round:

Defeated 39th-seeded ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames, 4-1

Second Round:

Led 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in series, but lost in seven games

Under head coach Bryan Murray, also longtime 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 (3.83/game) and 3rd in the league in goals against with 211 (2.57/game). 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 with a 1.18 rating, which is the best in the Senators’ history. 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. Those same two were tops for Ottawa in Point Share with Heatley posting a 12.9 and Alfie posting a 12.3 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 are the 25th-seeded ’83-’84 Washington Capitals!

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