2006–07 San Jose Sharks season

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2006–07 San Jose Sharks
Division 2nd Pacific
Conference 5th Western
2006–07 record 51–26–5
Home record 25–12–4
Road record 26–14–1
Goals for 258
Goals against 199
Team information
General Manager Doug Wilson
Coach Ron Wilson
Captain Patrick Marleau
Alternate captains Scott Hannan
Joe Thornton
Arena HP Pavilion at San Jose
Average attendance 17,496
Team leaders
Goals Jonathan Cheechoo (37)
Assists Joe Thornton (92)
Points Joe Thornton (114)
Penalties in minutes Mark Bell (83)
Plus/minus Joe Thornton (+24)
Wins Vesa Toskala (26)
Goals against average Evgeni Nabokov (2.29)
<2005–06 2007–08>

The San Jose Sharks 2006–07 season was the 16th season played by the franchise.

Offseason[edit]

During the 2006 offseason, the San Jose Sharks made significant changes in order to bolster their defense and team grit. The Sharks signed Mike Grier from the Buffalo Sabres and former Shark Curtis Brown from the Chicago Blackhawks, two forwards noted for their defense prowess on both sides of the ice. After signing the two veterans, Doug Wilson traded their top offensive defenceman in 2005–2006, Tom Preissing, to the Ottawa Senators for centerman Mark Bell of the Chicago Blackhawks in a 3-way trade involving Martin Havlat going from Ottawa to the Blackhawks. Wilson then traded underachieving winger Ekman to Pittsburgh. In August, to round off their flurry of trades, the Sharks signed veterans Mathieu Biron and Patrick Traverse. The Sharks also signed many players such as Graham Mink and Scott Ferguson for their AHL affiliate. On October 2, 2006, the Sharks acquired Vladimir Malakhov and a first-round conditional draft pick in exchange for Jim Fahey and Alexander Korolyuk, who is playing in Russia.

Regular season[edit]

The Sharks got off to a sizzling 20–7–0 start, the best in franchise history. Soon however, several key players missed a few games each with injuries, and the Sharks continued to struggle with consistency as their results dropped off. At the end of February, they lost four games in a row, their longest losing streak of the season.

When the trading deadline approached, Wilson used some of his carefully acquired assets to address the team's areas of need, trading draft picks and prospects for Craig Rivet from the Montreal Canadiens and Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues. With Rivet playing quality minutes on defense and Guerin scoring goals on offense, the Sharks began winning at a torrid pace, finishing the last 16 games of the regular season with a record of 13–1–3. They concluded the regular season with a total record of 51–26–5 for 107 points, the most wins and points in franchise history. However, in the stacked Western Conference, their record was only good enough for the #5 playoff seed, and they had to open the playoffs on the road.

Unique to note is that the Sharks spent most of the season rotating their two goaltenders, Vesa Toskala and Evgeni Nabokov every other game. The only time either one has played for any extended period of time was when the other was injured or otherwise unable to play. When Toskala injured his groin, Nabokov made 14 straight starts and played arguably the best hockey of his career, significantly contributing to the Sharks' late-season spate of victories. As a result, even when Toskala returned from injury, Coach Ron Wilson retained Nabokov as the #1 goalie to finish off the regular season and going into the playoffs.

The Sharks iced four rookies during the season: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Matt Carle, Ryane Clowe, and Joe Pavelski, with each making significant contributions to the team's success. Vlasic, at just 19 years old, was not even expected to make the team, but he put together a stellar preseason and was on the Sharks' opening night roster. He went on to play 81 games, leading all NHL rookie defensemen in average ice time at over 21 minutes a game, and was arguably the Sharks' most consistent defenceman the whole season.

In the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sharks again met the Nashville Predators, and advanced to the second round after defeating them 4 games to 1 for the second straight season. They then fell to the Detroit Red Wings in the semi-finals in 6 games.

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Anaheim Ducks 82 48 20 14 258 208 110
2 5 San Jose Sharks 82 51 26 5 258 199 107
3 6 Dallas Stars 82 50 25 7 226 197 107
4 14 Los Angeles Kings 82 27 41 14 227 283 68
5 15 Phoenix Coyotes 82 31 46 5 216 284 67

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime/shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 5 St. Louis 4 – 5 San Jose OT Toskala 17,496 1–0–0 2
2 October 7 NY Islanders 0 – 2 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 2–0–0 4
3 October 9 San Jose 4 – 1 Calgary Toskala 19,289 3–0–0 6
4 October 12 San Jose 4 – 6 Edmonton Nabokov 16,839 3–1–0 6
5 October 13 San Jose 6 – 4 Vancouver Toskala 18,630 4–1–0 8
6 October 17 Dallas 0 – 2 San Jose Nabokov 16,380 5–1–0 10
7 October 19 Detroit 1 – 5 San Jose Toskala 17,496 6–1–0 12
8 October 21 Minnesota 4 – 1 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 6–2–0 12
9 October 23 San Jose 3 – 0 Columbus Toskala 16,067 7–2–0 14
10 October 25 San Jose 1 – 2 Detroit Nabokov 20,066 7–3–0 14
11 October 26 San Jose 3 – 4 Nashville Toskala 13,436 7–4–0 14
12 October 29 San Jose 4 – 2 Tampa Bay Nabokov 19,904 8–4–0 16
13 October 31 San Jose 2 – 1 Florida Toskala 10,081 9–4–0 18

November[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
14 November 2 NY Rangers 3 – 1 San Jose Nabokov 17,091 9–5–0 18
15 November 4 Pittsburgh 2 – 3 San Jose Toskala 17,496 10–5–0 20
16 November 7 Minnesota 1 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,233 11–5–0 22
17 November 9 San Jose 7 – 3 Los Angeles Toskala 16,618 12–5–0 24
18 November 11 San Jose 2 – 1 Phoenix Toskala 15,036 13–5–0 26
19 November 13 San Jose 2 – 4 Los Angeles Toskala 16,667 13–6–0 26
20 November 15 San Jose 4 – 3 Colorado Nabokov 18,007 14–6–0 28
21 November 18 Philadelphia 1 – 6 San Jose Toskala 17,496 15–6–0 30
22 November 21 San Jose 0 – 5 Anaheim Nabokov 15,013 15–7–0 30
23 November 22 Los Angeles 3 – 6 San Jose Toskala 17,496 16–7–0 32
24 November 25 New Jersey 0 – 2 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 17–7–0 34
25 November 28 San Jose 2 – 0 St. Louis Toskala 8,679 18–7–0 36
26 November 29 San Jose 2 – 1 Minnesota Nabokov 18,568 19–7–0 38

December[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
27 December 2 San Jose 3 – 2 Detroit Toskala 20,066 20–7–0 40
28 December 4 San Jose 0 – 1 Dallas Nabokov 17,056 20–8–0 40
29 December 7 Colorado 5 – 2 San Jose Toskala 17,039 20–9–0 40
30 December 9 Nashville 1 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 21–9–0 42
31 December 11 Phoenix 0 – 4 San Jose Toskala 16,717 22–9–0 44
32 December 12 San Jose 3 – 1 Los Angeles Nabokov 15,204 23–9–0 46
33 December 14 Los Angeles 4 – 2 San Jose Toskala 17,496 23–10–0 46
34 December 16 Anaheim 3 – 4 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 24–10–0 48
35 December 21 Dallas 3 – 0 San Jose Toskala 17,496 24–11–0 48
36 December 23 Calgary 1 – 4 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 25–11–0 50
37 December 26 Anaheim 4 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 25–12–0 50
38 December 28 Phoenix 3 – 2 San Jose Toskala 17,496 25–13–0 50
39 December 30 San Jose 0 – 8 Phoenix Nabokov 17,643 25–14–0 50
40 December 31 San Jose 4 – 2 Dallas Toskala 18,584 26–14–0 52

January[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
41 January 4 Detroit 4 – 9 San Jose Toskala 17,496 27–14–0 54
42 January 6 Columbus 2 – 5 San Jose Toskala 17,496 28–14–0 56
43 January 10 Edmonton 3 – 2 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 28–15–0 56
44 January 11 San Jose 5 – 2 Los Angeles Toskala 17,054 29–15–0 58
45 January 13 San Jose 4 – 1 Phoenix Toskala 16,642 30–15–0 60
46 January 15 Colorado 1 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 31–15–0 62
47 January 18 Phoenix 2 – 5 San Jose Toskala 17,496 32–15–0 64
48 January 20 St. Louis 1 – 0 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 32–16–0 64
49 January 26 San Jose 5 – 1 Edmonton Toskala 16,839 33–16–0 66
50 January 28 San Jose 1 – 3 Vancouver Nabokov 18,630 33–17–0 66
51 January 30 Dallas 3 – 2 San Jose SO Toskala 17,496 33–17–1 67

February[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
52 February 1 Dallas 4 – 2 San Jose Toskala 17,496 33–18–1 67
53 February 3 Chicago 2 – 4 San Jose Toskala 17,496 34–18–1 69
54 February 6 Anaheim 7 – 4 San Jose Toskala 17,496 34–19–1 69
55 February 7 San Jose 3 – 2 Anaheim Toskala 17,466 35–19–1 71
56 February 13 San Jose 6 – 5 St. Louis Toskala 9,235 36–19–1 73
57 February 14 San Jose 0 – 5 Nashville Toskala 13,836 36–20–1 73
58 February 16 San Jose 0 – 3 Columbus Nabokov 16,045 36–21–1 73
59 February 18 San Jose 2 – 5 Dallas Nabokov 17,849 36–22–1 73
60 February 21 San Jose 3 – 2 Washington SO Nabokov 13,622 37–22–1 75
61 February 22 San Jose 2 – 0 Chicago Nabokov 10,125 38–22–1 77
62 February 24 San Jose 4 – 7 Calgary Nabokov 19,289 38–23–1 77
63 February 26 Anaheim 3 – 2 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 38–24–1 77
64 February 28 Nashville 4 – 3 San Jose SO Nabokov 17,496 38–24–2 78

March[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
65 March 2 San Jose 1 – 3 Anaheim Nabokov 17,174 38–25–2 78
66 March 4 San Jose 4 – 0 Dallas Nabokov 18,002 39–25–2 80
67 March 6 San Jose 3 – 0 Minnesota Nabokov 18,568 40–25–2 82
68 March 9 Vancouver 2 – 1 San Jose OT Nabokov 17,496 40–25–3 83
69 March 11 Edmonton 0 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 41–25–3 85
70 March 13 Chicago 1 – 7 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 42–25–3 87
71 March 15 San Jose 5 – 1 Phoenix Nabokov 17,744 43–25–3 89
72 March 16 Columbus 0 – 3 San Jose Toskala 17,496 44–25–3 91
73 March 18 San Jose 3 – 4 Colorado OT Nabokov 18,007 44–25–4 92
74 March 21 San Jose 4 – 1 Chicago Nabokov 10,374 45–25–4 94
75 March 22 San Jose 5 – 1 Atlanta Toskala 16,367 46–25–4 96
76 March 24 San Jose 4 – 6 Carolina Toskala 18,763 46–26–4 96
77 March 27 Los Angeles 1 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 47–26–4 98
78 March 30 Phoenix 2 – 4 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 48–26–4 100

April[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
79 April 1 Los Angeles 2 – 6 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 49–26–4 102
80 April 4 San Jose 3 – 2 Anaheim SO Nabokov 17,440 50–26–4 104
81 April 5 Calgary 3 – 4 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 51–26–4 106
82 April 7 Vancouver 4 – 3 San Jose OT Nabokov 17,496 51–26–5 107
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

The San Jose Sharks ended the 2006–07 regular season as the Western Conference's fifth seed.

Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (4) Nashville Predators[edit]

San Jose wins series 4–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 11 San Jose 5 – 4 Nashville 2OT Nabokov 17,113 1 – 0
2 April 13 San Jose 2 – 5 Nashville Nabokov 17,113 1 – 1
3 April 16 Nashville 1 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 2 – 1
4 April 18 Nashville 2 – 3 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 3 – 1
5 April 20 San Jose 3 – 2 Nashville Nabokov 17,113 4 – 1

Western Conference Semi-finals: vs. (1) Detroit Red Wings[edit]

Detroit wins series 4–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 26 San Jose 2 – 0 Detroit Nabokov 18,712 1 – 0
2 April 28 San Jose 2 – 3 Detroit Nabokov 19,113 1 – 1
3 April 30 Detroit 1 – 2 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 2 – 1
4 May 2 Detroit 3 – 2 San Jose OT Nabokov 17,496 2 – 2
5 May 5 San Jose 1 – 4 Detroit Nabokov 19,937 2 – 3
6 May 7 Detroit 2 – 0 San Jose Nabokov 17,496 2 – 4
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton C 82 22 92 114 44 24 10 0 5
Marleau, PatrickPatrick Marleau C 77 32 46 78 33 9 14 0 9
Cheechoo, JonathanJonathan Cheechoo RW 76 37 32 69 69 11 15 0 5
Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek RW 78 26 40 66 36 17 11 0 9
Carle, MattMatt Carle D 77 11 31 42 30 9 8 0 1
Clowe, RyaneRyane Clowe RW 58 16 18 34 78 4 4 0 3
Grier, MikeMike Grier RW 81 16 17 33 43 -5 2 3 1
Ehrhoff, ChristianChristian Ehrhoff D 82 10 23 33 63 8 6 0 2
Bernier, SteveSteve Bernier RW 62 15 16 31 29 5 6 0 4
Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski C 46 14 14 28 18 4 5 0 3
Vlasic, Marc-EdouardMarc-Edouard Vlasic D 81 3 23 26 18 13 2 0 0
Hannan, ScottScott Hannan D 79 4 20 24 38 1 0 1 1
Rissmiller, PatrickPatrick Rissmiller LW 79 7 15 22 22 1 1 0 0
Bell, MarkMark Bell C 71 11 10 21 83 -9 3 0 2
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 78 8 12 20 56 -2 0 2 3
McLaren, KyleKyle McLaren D 67 5 12 17 61 10 1 0 0
Goc, MarcelMarcel Goc C 78 5 8 13 24 -2 0 1 0
Smith, MarkMark Smith C 41 3 10 13 42 -4 2 0 0
Guerin, BillBill Guerin RW 16 8 1 9 14 2 2 0 1
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 17 1 7 8 12 8 0 0 0
Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges D 47 1 3 4 26 -3 0 0 0
Murray, DouglasDouglas Murray D 35 0 3 3 31 0 0 0 0
Toskala, VesaVesa Toskala G 38 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
Nieminen, VilleVille Nieminen LW 30 1 1 2 14 -7 0 0 0
Davison, RobRob Davison D 22 0 2 2 27 -2 0 0 0
Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov G 50 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Parker, ScottScott Parker RW 11 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 0
Plihal, TomasTomas Plihal C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L OTL GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Toskala, VesaVesa Toskala 2142 38 26 10 1 84 2.35 4 915 831 .908
Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov 2778 50 25 16 4 106 2.29 7 1227 1121 .914
Team: 4920 82 51 26 5 190 2.32 11 2142 1952 .911
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton C 11 1 10 11 10 2 0 0 0
Clowe, RyaneRyane Clowe RW 11 4 2 6 17 -2 0 0 1
Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek RW 11 4 2 6 4 3 0 0 1
Cheechoo, JonathanJonathan Cheechoo RW 11 3 3 6 6 1 1 0 1
Marleau, PatrickPatrick Marleau C 11 3 3 6 2 -5 1 0 1
Carle, MattMatt Carle D 11 2 3 5 0 3 1 0 1
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet D 11 2 3 5 18 -5 1 0 0
Grier, MikeMike Grier RW 11 2 2 4 27 1 0 0 0
Rissmiller, PatrickPatrick Rissmiller LW 11 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 1
McLaren, KyleKyle McLaren D 11 0 4 4 10 -2 0 0 0
Goc, MarcelMarcel Goc C 11 2 1 3 4 3 0 0 0
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 11 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0
Ehrhoff, ChristianChristian Ehrhoff D 11 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 0
Guerin, BillBill Guerin RW 9 0 2 2 12 -3 0 0 0
Hannan, ScottScott Hannan D 11 0 2 2 33 4 0 0 0
Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski C 6 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Bernier, SteveSteve Bernier RW 11 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Vlasic, Marc-EdouardMarc-Edouard Vlasic D 11 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 0
Bell, MarkMark Bell C 4 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, MarkMark Smith C 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Nabokov, EvgeniEvgeni Nabokov 701 11 6 5 26 2.23 1 323 297 .920
Team: 701 11 6 5 26 2.23 1 323 297 .920

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free Agents Acquired[edit]

Free Agents Lost[edit]

Waiver Losses[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006-07 San Jose Sharks Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
2006–07 San Jose Sharks Roster

Goaltenders:

20 – Nabokov 35 – Toskala 

Defensemen

3 – Murray 4 – McLaren 5 – Davison 10 – Ehrhoff 18 – Carle 22 – Hannan 44 – Vlasic 52 – Rivet 

Forwards

7 – Bell 8 – Pavelski 9 – Michalek 11 – Goc 12 – Marleau 13 – Guerin 14 – Cheechoo 16 – Smith 19 – Thornton 25 – Grier 26 – Bernier 29 – Clowe 34 – Rissmiller 37 – Brown 39 – Plihal 49 – Darche 

General ManagerDoug Wilson •  CoachRon Wilson