Semifinal Round Recap and Team Stat Leaders after Five Rounds

Let’s do the sweep first. The top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens clinched yet another trip to the Ultimate NHL Playoff Final and this time by sweeping the 12th-seeded ’84-’85 Philadelphia Flyers. Game 1 was decided in overtime with Pete Mahovlich scoring the OT-winner. The rest of the series went off without a hitch for Les Habs. The closest margin of victory of the next three games was three (twice). The two Guy’s led the way offensively for Montreal in the series, Guy Lafleur and Guy Lapointe. Meanwhile, there weren’t too many PP opportunities in the four games, but both team’s were very good with the man advantage. The Flyers went 2-for-4 while the Canadiens went 6-for-7.

Meanwhile, the other Semifinal went the distance. The 6th-seeded ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers were finally able to dispatch the 15th-seeded ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche with an 8-5 win in Game 7. In terms of shots and chances, the two sides were not that far off as Edmonton only out shot Colorado on average by three shots per game. However, it was goaltending that was the Avalanche’s downfall. Goalie Patrick Roy has struggled in this tournament as a whole, which is surprising, but had an especially hard time in this series. Granted the opposition that kind of explains it, but his .868 save percentage over the seven games is dreadful. When Edmonton won in this series, it was by at least three goals every time, but whenever Colorado won, it was one-goal margin each time.

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

Goals per game:

  1. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 5.60   (84 in 15 GP)
  2. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 5.40   (108 in 20 GP)
  3. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 5.21   (99 in 19 GP)
  4. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 5.12   (87 in 17 GP)
  5. ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues – 4.88   (39 in 8 GP)

Goals allowed per game:

  1. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings – 1.67   (25 in 15 GP)
  2. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 2.00   (34 in 17 GP)
  3. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 2.50   (30 in 12 GP)
  4. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 2.60   (39 in 15 GP)
  5. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 2.73   (30 in 11 GP)

Shots per game:

  1. ’80-’81 St. Louis Blues – 49.6   (397 in 8 GP)
  2. ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings – 48.3   (290 in 6 GP)
  3. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 47.7   (906 in 19 GP)
  4. ’88-’89 Calgary Flames – 47.2   (472 in 10 GP)
  5. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 46.1   (691 in 15 GP)

Shots allowed per game:

  1. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 23.1   (393 in 13 GP)
  2. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings – 25.9   (389 in 15 GP)
  3. ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres – 27.6   (414 in 15 GP)
  4. ’71-’72 New York Rangers – 30.9   (495 in 16 GP)
  5. ’70-’71 Boston Bruins – 31.2   (187 in 6 GP)

Power play efficiency:

  1. ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators – 50.0%   (9-for-18 in 11 GP)
  2. ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens – 44.0%   (11-for-25 in 17 GP)
  3. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 40.5%   (17-for-42 in 20 GP)
  4. ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim – 33.3%   (13-for-39 in 19 GP)
  5. ’75-’76 California Golden Seals – 33.3%   (4-for-12 in 5 GP)

Penalty kill efficiency:

  1. ’12-’13 Chicago Blackhawks – 100.0%   (9-for-9 in 12 GP)
  2. ’83-’84 Quebec Nordiques – 94.4%   (17-for-18 in 7 GP)
  3. ’02-’03 Dallas Stars – 92.9%   (13-for-14 in 11 GP)
  4. ’82-’83 Edmonton Oilers – 90.9%   (40-for-44 in 20 GP)
  5. ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche – 88.6%   (39-for-44 in 22 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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