2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 9th Eastern
2005–06 record 41–33–8
Goals for 254
Goals against 263
Team information
General Manager John Ferguson, Jr.
Coach Pat Quinn
Captain Mats Sundin
Alternate captains Tomas Kaberle
Bryan McCabe
Arena Air Canada Centre
Team leaders
Goals Mats Sundin (31)
Assists Bryan McCabe (49)
Points Mats Sundin (78)
Penalties in minutes Bryan McCabe (116)
Wins Ed Belfour (22)
Goals against average Jean-Sebastien Aubin (2.21)

The 2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 89th season of the franchise, 79th season as the Maple Leafs.

Off season[edit]

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season[edit]

  • October 5, 2005 – The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators participate in the first NHL shootout. Daniel Alfredson of the Senators scores the first shootout goal in NHL history.
  • October 14, 2005 – The Maple Leafs defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 9–1 at Philips Arena, scoring seven power-play goals on 16 opportunities (43.75%).
  • December 19, 2005 – Ed Belfour passes Terry Sawchuk for second all-time in wins by a goaltender in a 9–6 Maple Leafs' victory over the New York Islanders. It was the highest-scoring game of 2005–06 regular-season.
  • April 11, 2006 – Captain Mats Sundin scores four goals and adds two assists for six points in a 6–5 overtime win against the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre.

The Maple Leafs would go on to lead all 30 teams with most power-play goals scored during the regular season, with 107.[1] Captain Mats Sundin, who scored only 13 goals in his first 49 games of the season, scored 18 goals in his final 21 games, for the 12th 30-goal season of his career. The 32-year-old veteran Eric Lindros, signed by the Maple Leafs on August 11, 2005, had a solid start to the season, scoring seven goals in his first eight games. However, wrist injuries would limit him to 33 games played for the year; he finished with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points. Tomas Kaberle, Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker would all have career years, finishing with 68, 67 and 61 points, respectively.

Defensively, the Maple Leafs finished 21st out of 30 in goaltending, allowing 263 goals (excluding seven shootout goals allowed). It was the most goals allowed by a Maple Leafs team since the 1996–97 squad allowed 273. Toronto finished 26th in power-play goals allowed, with 99 and 24th in penalty killing, with 80.04%. While goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin posted a 9–0–2 record with a .924 save percentage, a 2.22 goals against average (GAA) and one shutout, Ed Belfour and Mikael Tellqvist each posted GAAs of over 3.00 and save percentages of under .900. Furthermore, for the first time since the 1988–89 season, Belfour did not record a shutout during the regular season.

The Maple Leafs finished the regular season with a 41–33–8 record for 90 points, two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who captured the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Their ninth-place finish meant that the Maple Leafs would miss the playoffs for the first time since 1998. Throughout the season, Toronto struggled against their provincial and divisional rivals, the Ottawa Senators, winning only one game out of eight meetings with a 1–5–2 record. Excluding shootout goals, the Maple Leafs were outscored 39 to 19 and were shut-out twice. Goaltender Ed Belfour went 0–5–2 against the Senators with 34 goals allowed, a 5.20 GAA and a save percentage of .834.

Season standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Ottawa Senators 82 52 21 9 314 211 113
2 4 Buffalo Sabres 82 52 24 6 281 239 110
3 7 Montreal Canadiens 82 42 31 9 243 247 93
4 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 41 33 8 257 270 90
5 13 Boston Bruins 82 29 37 16 230 266 74

[2] Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime/Shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Eastern Conference[3]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- Ottawa Senators NE 82 52 21 9 314 211 113
2 Y- Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 52 22 8 294 260 112
3 Y - New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 27 8 242 229 101
4 X- Buffalo Sabres NE 82 52 24 6 242 239 110
5 X-Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 45 26 11 267 259 101
6 X– New York Rangers AT 82 44 26 12 257 215 100
7 X-Montreal Canadiens NE 82 42 31 9 243 247 93
8 X- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 43 33 6 252 260 92
8.5
9 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 41 33 8 257 270 90
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 41 33 8 281 275 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 37 34 11 240 257 85
12 New York Islanders AT 82 36 40 6 230 278 78
13 Boston Bruins NE 82 29 37 16 230 266 74
14 Washington Capitals SE 82 29 41 12 237 306 70
15 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 22 46 14 244 316 58

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Torino Olympics[edit]

Six members of the Maple Leafs competed in Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Bryan McCabe represented Canada; Nik Antropov competed for the Kazakhstan; Aki Berg competed for Finland; Tomas Kaberle for the Czech Republic; and Mats Sundin and Mikael Tellqvist captured the gold medal while representing Sweden. Sundin also held the distinction of serving as captain for Sweden

Playoffs[edit]

This marked the first time since the Maple Leafs joined the Eastern Conference in the 1998–99 season that the team did not make the playoffs.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 2005 2–3 SO Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 0–0–1
2 L October 8, 2005 4–5 Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 0–1–1
3 L October 10, 2005 5–6 SO @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 0–1–2
4 W October 11, 2005 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 1–1–2
5 W October 14, 2005 9–1 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 2–1–2
6 W October 15, 2005 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 3–1–2
7 W October 20, 2005 5–4 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 4–1–2
8 L October 22, 2005 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 4–2–2
9 W October 24, 2005 5–4 SO Boston Bruins (2005–06) 5–2–2
10 L October 27, 2005 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 5–3–2
11 L October 29, 2005 0–8 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 5–4–2
12 W October 31, 2005 2–1 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 6–4–2
13 L November 3, 2005 3–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 6–5–2
14 W November 5, 2005 † 5–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 7–5–2
15 L November 6, 2005 4–5 @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 7–6–2
16 W November 8, 2005 6–4 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 8–6–2
17 L November 11, 2005 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 8–7–2
18 W November 12, 2005 5–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 9–7–2
19 W November 15, 2005 2–1 New York Rangers (2005–06) 10–7–2
20 W November 17, 2005 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 11–7–2
21 W November 19, 2005 5–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 12–7–2
22 L November 23, 2005 1–5 Boston Bruins (2005–06) 12–8–2
23 L November 25, 2005 3–4 SO @ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 12–8–3
24 W November 26, 2005 4–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 13–8–3
25 W November 28, 2005 2–1 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 14–8–3
26 L November 30, 2005 1–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 14–9–3
27 W December 1, 2005 4–0 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 15–9–3
28 L December 3, 2005 4–5 San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 15–10–3
29 L December 6, 2005 1–2 Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 15–11–3
30 L December 10, 2005 1–2 Dallas Stars (2005–06) 15–12–3
31 W December 12, 2005 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 16–12–3
32 L December 17, 2005 2–8 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 16–13–3
33 W December 19, 2005 9–6 New York Islanders (2005–06) 17–13–3
34 L December 22, 2005 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 17–14–3
35 W December 23, 2005 2–1 Boston Bruins (2005–06) 18–14–3
36 W December 26, 2005 2–1 New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 19–14–3
37 W December 27, 2005 3–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 20–14–3
38 W December 29, 2005 4–3 SO Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 21–14–3
39 W December 31, 2005 6–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 22–14–3
40 W January 2, 2006 3–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 23–14–3
41 L January 6, 2006 0–1 @ Calgary Flames (2005–06) 23–15–3
42 W January 7, 2006 3–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (2005–06) 24–15–3
43 L January 10, 2006 3–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (2005–06) 24–16–3
44 L January 14, 2006 3–4 Phoenix Coyotes (2005–06) 24–17–3
45 L January 17, 2006 3–5 @ Colorado Avalanche (2005–06) 24–18–3
46 L January 18, 2006 3–5 @ Minnesota Wild (2005–06) 24–19–3
47 L January 21, 2006 0–7 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 24–20–3
48 L January 23, 2006 3–4 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 24–21–3
49 L January 26, 2006 4–8 Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 24–22–3
50 L January 28, 2006 3–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 24–22–4
51 W January 30, 2006 4–2 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 25–22–4
52 L January 31, 2006 2–3 SO @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 25–22–5
53 L February 3, 2006 1–4 @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 25–23–5
54 W February 4, 2006 4–2 New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 26–23–5
55 W February 7, 2006 4–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 27–23–5
56 L February 10, 2006 2–4 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 27–24–5
57 L February 11, 2006 2–4 New York Rangers (2005–06) 27–25–5
58 L February 28, 2006 3–5 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 27–26–5
59 L March 3, 2006 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 27–27–5
60 L March 4, 2006 2–4 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 27–28–5
61 W March 7, 2006 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 28–28–5
62 L March 10, 2006 1–2 SO @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 28–28–6
63 W March 11, 2006 5–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 29–28–6
64 W March 14, 2006 5–4 SO Boston Bruins (2005–06) 30–28–6
65 L March 16, 2006 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 30–29–6
66 L March 18, 2006 2–5 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 30–30–6
67 W March 19, 2006 1–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 31–30–6
68 W March 21, 2006 3–2 Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06) 32–30–6
69 L March 23, 2006 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 32–31–6
70 L March 25, 2006 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 32–32–6
71 W March 26, 2006 4–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 33–32–6
72 W March 28, 2006 3–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 34–32–6
73 W April 1, 2006 7–0 Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 35–32–6
74 L April 3, 2006 2–3 SO Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 35–32–7
75 W April 5, 2006 3–2 New York Islanders (2005–06) 36–32–7
76 L April 6, 2006 2–3 SO @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 36–32–8
77 W April 8, 2006 5–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 37–32–8
78 W April 11, 2006 6–5 OT Florida Panthers (2005–06) 38–32–8
79 W April 13, 2006 4–3 OT @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 39–32–8
80 W April 15, 2006 5–1 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 40–32–8
81 L April 16, 2006 0–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 40–33–8
82 W April 18, 2006 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 41–33–8

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sundin, MatsMats Sundin 70 31 47 78 58 7 16 2 2
McCabe, BryanBryan McCabe 73 19 49 68 116 -1 13 0 6
Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle 82 9 58 67 46 -1 6 0 2
Tucker, DarcyDarcy Tucker 74 28 33 61 100 -12 18 0 4
Allison, JasonJason Allison 66 17 43 60 76 -18 9 0 2
Steen, AlexanderAlexander Steen 75 18 27 45 42 -9 9 1 3
Wellwood, KyleKyle Wellwood 81 11 34 45 14 0 3 0 0
Ponikarovsky, AlexeiAlexei Ponikarovsky 81 21 17 38 68 15 2 4 3
O'Neill, JeffJeff O'Neill 74 19 19 38 64 -19 14 0 6
Antropov, NikNik Antropov 57 12 19 31 56 13 2 1 0
Kilger, ChadChad Kilger 79 17 11 28 63 -6 1 1 2
Stajan, MattMatt Stajan 80 15 12 27 50 5 3 4 5
Lindros, EricEric Lindros 33 11 11 22 43 -3 4 0 2
Domi, TieTie Domi 77 5 11 16 109 -10 1 0 0
Klee, KenKen Klee 56 3 12 15 66 -1 1 0 1
Khavanov, AlexanderAlexander Khavanov 64 6 6 12 60 -11 2 1 0
Wilm, ClarkeClarke Wilm 60 1 7 8 43 -15 0 0 0
Berg, AkiAki Berg 75 0 8 8 56 -5 0 0 0
Colaiacovo, CarloCarlo Colaiacovo 21 2 5 7 17 0 1 0 0
White, IanIan White 12 1 5 6 10 2 0 0 0
Czerkawski, MariuszMariusz Czerkawski 19 4 1 5 6 -2 1 0 0
Pohl, JohnJohn Pohl 7 3 1 4 4 2 1 0 0
Belak, WadeWade Belak 55 0 3 3 109 -13 0 0 0
Richardson, LukeLuke Richardson 21 0 3 3 41 -1 0 0 0
Williams, JeremyJeremy Williams 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Belfour, EdEd Belfour 49 0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0
Harrison, JayJay Harrison 8 0 1 1 2 5 0 0 0
Kronwall, StaffanStaffan Kronwall 34 0 1 1 14 -3 0 0 0
Wozniewski, AndyAndy Wozniewski 13 0 1 1 13 -8 0 0 0
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bell, BrendanBrendan Bell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ondrus, BenBen Ondrus 22 0 0 0 18 -10 0 0 0
Perrott, NathanNathan Perrott 3 0 0 0 2 -5 0 0 0
Suglobov, AleksanderAleksander Suglobov 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Tellqvist, MikaelMikael Tellqvist 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L OTL GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Belfour, EdEd Belfour 2897 49 22 22 4 159 3.29 0 1476 1317 .892
Tellqvist, MikaelMikael Tellqvist 1399 25 10 11 2 73 3.13 2 697 624 .895
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 677 11 9 0 2 25 2.22 1 330 305 .924
Team: 4973 82 41 33 8 257 3.10 32503 2246 .897

[4]

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;

Awards and records[edit]

  • Mats Sundin, Molson Cup (Most game star selections for Toronto Maple Leafs)

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  Player is still active or individual record
Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Ed Belfour Passes Terry Sawchuk for second all-time in wins by a goaltender December 19, 2005
Jay Harrison 1st NHL Assist January 30, 2006
Staffan Kronwall 1st NHL Game October 29, 2005
Staffan Kronwall 1st NHL Assist February 7, 2006
Alexei Ponikarovsky 1st 20 Goal Season
Alexander Steen 1st NHL Goal October 8, 2005
Mats Sundin 1,150th NHL Point -
Mikael Tellqvist 1st NHL Shutout December 1, 2005
Kyle Wellwood 1st NHL Multi-Point Game October 14, 2005
  • Jason Allison, Fifth Time in Career, 40 Assists in a Season
  • Bryan McCabe, Highest Season Point Total in Career
  • Mats Sundin, Fourth Consecutive Season, 30 Goals or More

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2005–06 season.

Trades[edit]

July 30, 2005 To Carolina Hurricanes
4th round pick in 2006 (Reto Berra)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Jeff O'Neill
August 24, 2005 To St. Louis Blues
Future Considerations
To Toronto Maple Leafs
John Pohl
November 6, 2005 To Dallas Stars
Nathan Perrott
To Toronto Maple Leafs
6th round pick in 2006 (Leo Komarov)
March 8, 2006 To New Jersey Devils
Ken Klee
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Aleksander Suglobov
March 8, 2006 To Columbus Blue Jackets
5th round pick in 2006 (Nick Sucharski)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Luke Richardson
June 15, 2006 To Boston Bruins
Petr Tenkrat
To Toronto Maple Leafs
7th round pick in 2006 (Chris Frank)
June 24, 2006 To Boston Bruins
Tuukka Rask
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Andrew Raycroft
June 24, 2006 To Chicago Blackhawks
3rd round pick in 2006 (Tony Lagerstrom)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
4th round pick in 2006 (James Reimer)
4th round pick in 2006 (Korbinian Holzer)
June 24, 2006 To Phoenix Coyotes
7th round pick in 2006 ()(Chris Frank)
7th round pick in 2006 (Benn Ferriero)
To Toronto Maple Leafs
6th round pick in 2006 (Viktor Stalberg)

Waivers[edit]

March 8, 2006 To Boston Bruins
Mariusz Czerkawski

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Jason Allison Los Angeles Kings
Alexander Khavanov St. Louis Blues
Eric Lindros New York Rangers
Jean-Sebastien Aubin Pittsburgh Penguins
Mariusz Czerkawski New York Islanders
Brad Brown Buffalo Sabres
Alex Foster Undrafted free agent
Player New Team
Alexander Mogilny New Jersey Devils
Brian Leetch Boston Bruins
Gary Roberts Florida Panthers
Joe Nieuwendyk Florida Panthers
Jason MacDonald Boston Bruins
Bryan Marchment Calgary Flames

Draft picks[edit]

The 2005 NHL Entry Draft was the 43rd NHL Entry Draft. As a lockout cancelled the 2004–05 NHL season, the draft order was determined by lottery on July 22, 2005. Teams were assigned 1 to 3 balls based on their playoff appearances and first overall draft picks from the past three years. According to the draft order, the selection worked its way up to 30 as usual; then instead of repeating the order as in past years, the draft "snaked" back down to the team with the first pick. Therefore, the team with the first pick overall would not pick again until the 60th pick. The team with the 30th pick would also get the 31st pick. The draft was only seven rounds in length, compared to nine rounds in years past. The labor dispute caused the shortened draft.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 21 Tuukka Rask Goaltender  Finland Ilves Jr. (Finland)
3 82 Phil Oreskovic Defence  Canada Brampton Battalion (OHL)
5 153 Alex Berry  United States Bruins Jr. (EJHL)
6 173 Johan Dahlberg  Sweden Modo Hockey Jr. (Sweden)
7 216 Anton Stralman Defence  Sweden Skovde (Sweden 2)
7 228 Chad Rau  United States Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

  • The Maple Leafs farm club was the Toronto Marlies. In their first season, the Marlies had 41 wins, 29 losses, and posted 92 points for the season. The club finished in fourth place in the North Division. In the playoffs, the Marlies lost in the first round 4 games to 1 to Grand Rapids. Marc Moro was the team captain and Paul Maurice was the head coach.

The Maple Leafs were also affiliated with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL.[5]

Roster[edit]

2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2006.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162. 
  3. ^ "2005–2006 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.14, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5