15th-seeded ’95-’96 Avalanche Eliminate 31st-seeded ’06-’07 Predators in Six Games

The sometimes controversial ______ Lemieux was nothing but stellar for the Avs in this series. (Photo via nhl.com)

The sometimes controversial Claude Lemieux was nothing but stellar for the Avs in this series. (Photo via nhl.com)

This series looked like it was gonna get out of hand early on. The 15th-seeded ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche won the first two games by a combined score of 11-2. The 31st-seeded ’06-’07 Nashville Predators got into the series with a big win of their own in Game 3 by a final of 5-1. After that, the final three games of the series were decided by only one goal.

Claude Lemieux led the way offensively for the Avs with an impressive 12 points in the six games. Captain Joe Sakic was behind him in second with 10 points while the final member of the top line, Valeri Kamensky, was third in scoring with nine points. It was pretty much the same in terms of goal scoring for Colorado, as well. Lemieux scored six times to lead the pack while Sakic was second with five with Kamensky tied for third with three goals with Peter Forsberg. Martin Rucinsky was the only other Av to score more than once in the series with his two goals. Lemieux also ended up tied for the team lead in assists at six with Kamensky. Sakic was tied for second with five helpers with defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh. In goal, Patrick Roy hasn’t been all that great in this tournament, but his numbers in this series line up with how he’s performed all round. He posted a 4-2-0 record to go along with a 2.83 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.

It was a three-man show offensively for Nashville. Paul Kariya and David Legwand were tied for the team lead in scoring with seven points while defenseman Kimmo Timonen was right behind them with six. No other Pred finished with more than three points. Kariya was also the team’s leading goal-scorer with five. Scott Hartnell finished second with three while Legwand and Martin Erat were the only other Predators to score more than once with their two goals apiece. Legwand and Timonen were tied for the team lead in helpers at five apiece. Forsberg, yeah Foppa, he was on this team, was alone in second with three assists. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Ryan Suter, along with Kariya, were the only other Predators to tally more than one assist. Goaltending has been a bit of an issue for Nashville in this tournament this year and it sort of carried over here. Chris Mason took over for Tomas Vokoun in the opening round of the tournament and has ran with it since, but he was pulled twice in this series. Mason finished the series with a 2-2-1 record, with Vokoun taking a loss in one of his two appearance, to go along with a 3.33 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. COL – RW – Claude Lemieux – 6 GP   6 G   6 A   12 P   +8   37 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   8 Star Points
  2. COL – C – Joe Sakic – 6 GP   5 G   5 A   10 P   +9   24 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   7 Star Points
  3. COL – LW – Valeri Kamensky – 6 GP   3 G   6 A   9 P   +9   13 S   0 PIM   4 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 0 0 1 1
#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche 1 3 3 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘95-’96 COL – 7   ‘06-’07 NSH – 1   (1-0   ‘95-’96 COL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 COL – 9:04 – COL: V. Kamensky (2) assisted by C. Leschyshyn (3)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 0 COL – 5:01 – COL: J. Sakic (4) assisted by C. Lemieux (7)
  • 3 – 0 COL – 16:15 – COL: C. Lemieux (3) assisted by S. Ozolinsh (3), V. Kamensky (5)
  • 4 – 0 COL – 17:12 – COL: P. Forsberg (4) unassisted

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 0 COL – 8:05 – COL: V. Kamensky (3) assisted by J. Sakic (2), C. Lemieux (8)
    • NSH replaces starting goalie C. Mason w/backup T. Vokoun
  • 6 – 0 COL – 9:53 – COL: S. Young (2) assisted by A. Deadmarsh (2), A. Gusarov (1)
  • 7 – 0 COL – 13:30 – COL: C. Lemieux (4) assisted by M. Ricci (2), C. Simon (2)
  • 7 – 1 COL – 19:28 – NSH: S. Hartnell (2) assisted by D. Hamhuis (6)

 

TEAM STATS:

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche

1

Goals

7

26

Shots

58

0/2

PP

0/2

2/2

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Sakic (3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Claude Lemieux (COL
  • 2nd Star: Valeri Kamensky (COL)
  • 3rd Star: Joe Sakic (COL)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 0 1 0 1
#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche 2 0 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘95-’96 COL – 4   ‘06-’07 NSH – 1   (2-0   ‘95-’96 COL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 COL – 3:06 – COL: A. Gusarov (1) assisted by C. Lemieux (9)
  • 2 – 0 COL – 13:30 – PP – COL: J. Sakic (5) assisted by C. Wolanin (1), V. Kamensky (6)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 COL – 9:27 – NSH: P. Kariya (9) assisted by D. Legwand (13)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 COL – 9:22 – COL: P. Forsberg (5) assisted by M. Rucinsky (4), A. Kovalenko (8)
  • 4 – 1 COL – 16:34 – COL: J. Sakic (6) assisted by V. Kamensky (7), C. Lemieux (10)

 

TEAM STATS:

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche

1

Goals

4

22

Shots

28

PP

1/1

0/1

SH

PP%

100%

0%

PK%

GWG

J. Sakic (4)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Joe Sakic (COL)
  • 2nd Star: Claude Lemieux (COL)
  • 3rd Star: Valeri Kamensky (COL)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche 1 0 0 1
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 0 2 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘06-’07 NSH – 5   ‘95-’96 COL – 1   (2-1   ‘95-’96 COL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 COL – 5:45 – COL: C. Lemieux (5) assisted by V. Kamensky (8), J. Sakic (3)

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 1 tie – 5:42 – NSH: P. Kariya (10) assisted by D. Legwand (14), R. Suter (3)
  • 13:13 – S. Ozolinsh (COL) is given a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct (arguing with referee over penalty call)
  • 2 – 1 NSH – 16:08 – NSH: J. Dumont (3) assisted by P. Forsberg (6)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 1 NSH – 7:51 – NSH: P. Kariya (11) assisted by D. Legwand (15), K. Timonen (9)
  • 4 – 1 NSH – 11:26 – NSH: S. Hartnell (3) assisted by D. Legwand (16)
  • 5 – 1 NSH – 14:18 – NSH: S. Hartnell (4) unassisted

 

TEAM STATS:

#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

1

Goals

5

30

Shots

32

0/2

PP

0/4

4/4

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

GWG

J. Dumont (2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Paul Kariya (NSH)
  • 2nd Star: Scott Hartnell (NSH)
  • 3rd Star: David Legwand (NSH)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche 2 2 2 6
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 3 0 2 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘95-’96 COL – 6   ‘06-’07 NSH – 5   (3-1   ‘95-’96 COL)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 NSH – 1:17 – NSH: M. Erat (6) assisted by J. Arnott (4), R. Suter (4)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 3:50 – COL: M. Rucinsky (5) assisted by P. Forsberg (7), S. Ozolinsh (4)
  • 2 – 1 NSH – 11:28 – NSH: J. Arnott (5) assisted by K. Timonen (10), M. Erat (3)
  • 3 – 1 NSH – 13:30 – NSH: D. Legwand (9) assisted by P. Kariya (14)
  • 3 – 2 NSH – 19:01 – COL: A. Kovalenko (2) assisted by S. Ozolinsh (4), P. Forsberg (7)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 3 tie – 3:02 – COL: J. Sakic (7) assisted by C. Lemieux (11)
  • 4 – 3 COL – 3:09 – COL: J. Sakic (8) assisted by A. Gusarov (2), V. Kamensky (9)
  • 9:22 – C. Simon (COL) is given a five-minute major for boarding and a 10-minute game misconduct

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 3 COL – 0:35 – COL: V. Kamensky (4) assisted by J. Sakic (4)
    • NSH replaces starting goalie C. Mason w/backup T. Vokoun
  • 5 – 4 COL – 18:05 – NSH: S. Sullivan (5) assisted by K. Timonen (11), P. Kariya (15)
  • 5 – 5 tie – 19:00 – NSH: M. Erat (6) assisted by K. Timonen (12)
  • 6 – 5 COL – 19:49 – COL: S. Lefebvre (2) assisted by C. Lemieux (11)

 

TEAM STATS:

#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

6

Goals

5

45

Shots

41

0/1

PP

0/3

3/3

SH

1/1

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

S. Lefebvre (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Joe Sakic (COL)
  • 2nd Star: Martin Erat (NSH)
  • 3rd Star: Valeri Kamensky (COL)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 0 2 2 4
#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘06-’07 NSH – 4   ‘95-’96 COL – 3   (3-2   ‘95-’96 COL)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 NSH – 1:59 – SH – NSH: D. Legwand (10) assisted by K. Timonen (13), A. Radulov (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 2:41 – PP – COL: C. Lemieux (6) assisted by J. Sakic (5), V. Kamensky (10)
  • 2 – 1 COL – 6:58 – COL: M. Rucinsky (6) assisted by P. Forsberg (9), S. Ozolinsh (6)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 9:20 – NSH: P. Kariya (12) assisted by D. Legwand (17), S. Sullivan (12)

 

3rd Period:

  • 3 – 2 NSH – 5:05 – NSH: K. Timonen (5) assisted by J. Dumont (8), P. Forsberg (10)
  • 4 – 2 NSH – 9:47 – NSH: S. Weber (4) assisted by P. Forsberg (7)
  • 4 – 3 COL – 16:28 – COL: C. Lemieux (7) assisted by S. Ozolinsh (7), C. Simon (3)

 

TEAM STATS:

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche

4

Goals

3

31

Shots

31

0/3

PP

1/3

2/3

SH

3/3

0%

PP%

33%

66%

PK%

100%

S. Weber (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Kimmo Timonen (NSH)
  • 2nd Star: Claude Lemieux (COL)
  • 3rd Star: David Legwand (NSH)

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche 0 1 0 1 2
#31 ‘06-’07 Predators 0 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘95-’96 COL – 6   ‘06-’07 NSH – 5   (4-2   ‘95-’96 COL)

1st Period:

 

2nd Period:

  • 1 – 0 NSH – 3:46 – NSH: P. Kariya (13) assisted by D. Hamhuis (7)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 6:30 – COL: P. Forsberg (6) assisted by M. Rucinsky (5), A. Gusarov (3)

 

3rd Period:

 

Overtime:

  • 2 – 1 COL – 5:18 – COL: C. Lemieux (8) assisted by J. Sakic (6), C. Leschyshyn (4)

 

TEAM STATS:

#15 ‘95-’96 Avalanche

#31 ‘06-’07 Predators

2

Goals

1

42

Shots

35

0/2

PP

0/1

1/1

SH

2/2

0%

PP%

0%

100%

PK%

100%

C. Lemieux (1)

GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Patrick Roy (COL)
  • 2nd Star: Chris Mason (NSH)
  • 3rd Star: Claude Lemieux (COL)

In their return to the Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’95-’96 Avalanche are heading to the Quarterfinal for their first time, but for the second time in the franchises history. Last year’s representative set the franchise mark by reaching the Semifinal. The ’95-’96 Avs will have a tough time getting their this year as they will face the 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers, who defeated the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres earlier in the Third Round. The ’06-’07 Predators were making their second straight appearance in the UNP and were able to tie the franchise mark by making it to the Third Round. Last year, they were out in the Second Round, but this year they reached the Third Round matching what the franchises representative accomplished in the inaugural UNP.

This concludes the Third Round of the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff! Up next will be a round recap post and a couple posts of the team/skater/goalie stat leaders after the opening round! Then….the Quarterfinal begins!

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