Third Round Recap and Team Stat Leaders After Three Rounds

The Third Round of the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff featured four matchups that went at least six games, while the other four matchups….did not, obviously. There was only one matchup that went a full seven and that was between the 5th-seeded ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks and the 12th-seeded ’84-’85 Philadelphia Flyers. The two teams took turns winning games for the first six games until the Flyers won consecutive games in Game’s 6 and 7. However, Philly needed an overtime winner to complete the seeded upset and return to the Quarterfinal round for the second year in a row. Another “seeded” upset took place when the 25th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks defeated the 24th-seeded ’84-’85 Washington Capitals in five games, but I would certainly not characterize that as a real upset.

The very first series of the round was between the 19th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the 30th-seeded ’85-’86 Hartford Whalers and that almost looked like it was going to be an upset as it was Hartford who held an early advantage on the high-flying Ducks. They took two of the first three games by only outscoring Anaheim by one combined goal, however, the Mighty Ducks’ offense exploded after that as Anaheim took the next three to win the series in six. One possible surprise was that the 7th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers were able to defeat the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres. This is the opposite of what occurred in last year’s Third Round where Buffalo got the upper hand on their instate rivals in what is arguably the most even matchup of the round.

Now, here are the team stat leaders through the Third Round:

Goals per game:

  1. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 5.60   (84 in 15 GP)
  2. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 5.53   (83 in 15 GP)
  3. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 5.33   (48 in 9 GP)
  4. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 5.11   (46 in 9 GP)
  5. ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues – 4.88   (39 in 8 GP)

Goals allowed per game:

  1. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings – 1.00   (8 in 8 GP)
  2. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 1.89   (17 in 9 GP)
  3. ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche – 2.50   (25 in 10 GP)
  4. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 2.50   (30 in 12 GP)
  5. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 2.60   (39 in 15 GP)

Shots per game:

  1. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 50.0   (750 in 15 GP)
  2. ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues – 49.6   (324 in 8 GP)
  3. ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings – 48.3   (290 in 6 GP)
  4. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 47.6   (428 in 9 GP)
  5. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 47.2   (472 in 10 GP)

Shots allowed per game:

  1. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 21.2   (191 in 9 GP)
  2. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings – 25.8   (206 in 8 GP)
  3. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 27.6   (414 in 15 GP)
  4. ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche – 28.2   (282 in 10 GP)
  5. ’71-’72 New York Rangers – 30.6   (337 in 11 GP)

Power play efficiency:

  1. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 50.0%   (10-for-20 in 9 GP)
  2. ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators – 50.0%   (9-for-18 in 11 GP)
  3. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 36.6%   (11-for-30 in 15 GP)
  4. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings – 36.4%   (4-for-11 in 8 GP)
  5. ’75-’76 California Golden Seals – 33.3%   (4-for-12 in 5 GP)

Penalty kill efficiency:

  1. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 100%   (9-for-9 in 12 GP)
  2. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 95.8%   (23-for-24 in 9 GP)
  3. ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche – 94.7%   (18-for-19 in 10 GP)
  4. ’83-’84 Quebec Nordiques – 94.4%   (17-for-18 in 7 GP)
  5. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 92.9%   (13-for-14 in 11 GP)

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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