2005–06 Washington Capitals season

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2005–06 Washington Capitals
Division 5th Southeast
Conference 14th Eastern
2005–06 record 29–41–12
Goals for 237
Goals against 306
Team information
General Manager George McPhee
Coach Glen Hanlon
Captain Jeff Halpern
Alternate captains Dainius Zubrus
Brian Sutherby
Brendan Witt
Arena MCI Center
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (52)
Assists Alexander Ovechkin (54)
Points Alexander Ovechkin (106)
Penalties in minutes Brendan Witt (141)
Wins Olaf Kolzig (20)
Goals against average Brent Johnson (3.44)

The Washington Capitals season involved Alexander Ovechkin's rookie season. Following the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Alexander Ovechkin played his first game with the Washington Capitals on October 5, 2005, scoring two goals in a 3–2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In a shootout against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal in a 5–4 win. The Capitals finished the 2005–06 season in fifth and last place of the Southeast Division with a 29–41–12 campaign, having 12 more points than the 2003–04 season, good for 27th out of the 30 NHL teams. Yet the team played close in every game, playing in 42 one-goal games, although losing two-thirds of those games. A notable first was that Washington area native Jeff Halpern was named captain of the hometown Capitals. At the 2006 trade deadline, March 8, Witt was traded to the Nashville Predators. Several Capitals achieved career highs in several offensive categories, including Matt Pettinger and Dainius Zubrus, who both achieved career highs in all offensive categories. Jeff Halpern set a new career high in assists for the second consecutive season.

Off-season[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 14 Sasha Pokulok (D)  Canada Cornell University (ECAC)
1 27 Joe Finley (D)  United States University of North Dakota (NCAA)

Regular season[edit]

Many longtime Capitals had career years, with Dainius Zubrus netting 57 points, Halpern having a career-best 33 assists, Matt Pettinger putting in a career-best 20-goal, 38-point effort and seven others on the relatively young team topping 20 points for the first time. Two notable landmarks were also hit by Capitals, as the team's longest tenured Capital, Olaf Kolzig, won his 250th game in goal and Andrew Cassels became the 204th player to play 1,000 games, although he did not finish out his season with the team.

  • November 22, 2005 – Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin face each other for the first time
  • On January 13, 2006 in Anaheim, Ovechkin scored his first career hat trick against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to help Washington win the game. His hat trick goals went past Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his first ever hat trick game.
  • January 29, 2006 – Dainius Zubrus scored the Game Winning Goal in a 2-1 victory for the Capitals.
  • April 1, 2006 – Brent Johnson earned a shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
  • April 7, 2006 – In a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Olaf Kolzig played his 600th game as a Washington Capitals.
  • April 13, 2006 – Alexander Ovechkin becomes the second rookie in history to record 50 goals and 100 points in a season. Teemu Selanne was the first rookie to reach the accomplishment.

The Capitals were the most penalized team during the regular season, with 550 power-play opportunities against. They also allowed the most power-play goals, with 116, and the most short-handed goals, with 18.[1]

Alexander Ovechkin[edit]

Ovechkin's rookie season exceeded the hype, as he led all 2005-06 NHL rookies in goals, points, power-play goals and shots. He finished third overall in the NHL in scoring and tied for third in goals; and his 425 shots not only led the league, but also set an NHL rookie record and was the fourth-highest total in NHL history. Ovechkin's rookie point total was the second-best in Washington Capitals history, and his goal total was tied for third in franchise history. He had 21 power play goals and a plus-minus rating of plus 2. Ovechkin won the Calder Memorial Trophy, beating out Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

Final standings[edit]

Southeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Carolina Hurricanes 82 52 22 8 294 260 112
2 8 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 43 33 6 252 260 92
3 10 Atlanta Thrashers 82 41 33 8 281 275 90
4 11 Florida Panthers 82 37 34 11 240 257 85
5 14 Washington Capitals 82 29 41 12 237 306 70

[2] Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime 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


Schedule and results[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Capitals missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin LW 81 52 54 106 52 2 21 3 5
Zubrus, DainiusDainius Zubrus C 71 23 34 57 84 3 13 0 5
Halpern, JeffJeff Halpern C 70 11 33 44 79 -8 6 0 1
Willsie, BrianBrian Willsie RW 82 19 22 41 77 -19 8 1 2
Clark, ChrisChris Clark RW 78 20 19 39 110 9 1 3 0
Pettinger, MattMatt Pettinger LW 71 20 18 38 39 -2 4 5 2
Clymer, BenBen Clymer RW 77 16 17 33 72 -7 3 0 3
Sutherby, BrianBrian Sutherby C 76 14 16 30 73 -17 0 2 0
Heward, JamieJamie Heward D 71 7 21 28 54 -5 4 0 2
Muir, BryanBryan Muir D 72 8 18 26 72 -9 4 0 0
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich C 73 7 14 21 26 -9 1 0 1
Bradley, MattMatt Bradley RW 74 7 12 19 72 -8 0 0 1
Eminger, SteveSteve Eminger D 66 5 13 18 81 -12 1 0 0
Morrisonn, ShaoneShaone Morrisonn D 80 1 13 14 91 7 0 0 0
Biron, MathieuMathieu Biron D 52 4 9 13 50 -11 3 0 0
Cassels, AndrewAndrew Cassels C 31 4 8 12 14 -3 2 0 0
Witt, BrendanBrendan Witt D 58 1 10 11 141 -5 0 0 0
Majesky, IvanIvan Majesky D 57 1 8 9 66 -2 0 1 0
Friesen, JeffJeff Friesen LW 33 3 4 7 24 -11 0 0 0
Yonkman, NolanNolan Yonkman D 38 0 7 7 86 1 0 0 0
Fata, RicoRico Fata RW 21 3 3 6 8 3 1 0 0
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora C 10 2 2 4 6 0 0 0 0
Klepis, JakubJakub Klepis C 25 1 3 4 8 -11 0 0 0
Green, MikeMike Green D 22 1 2 3 18 -8 0 0 0
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig G 59 0 3 3 14 0 0 0 0
Fleischmann, TomasTomas Fleischmann LW 14 0 2 2 0 -7 0 0 0
Gordon, BoydBoyd Gordon C 25 0 1 1 4 -4 0 0 0
Kane, BoydBoyd Kane LW 5 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
Beech, KrisKris Beech C 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Cassivi, FredericFrederic Cassivi G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doull, DougDoug Doull LW 2 0 0 0 19 -1 0 0 0
Fehr, EricEric Fehr RW 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Forbes, ColinColin Forbes C 9 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Johansson, JonasJonas Johansson RW 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson G 26 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Mink, GrahamGraham Mink C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peat, StephenStephen Peat RW 1 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Robitaille, LouisLouis Robitaille LW 2 0 0 0 5 -1 0 0 0
Steckel, DaveDave Steckel C 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tenute, JoeyJoey Tenute C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 3506 59 20 28 11 206 3.53 0 1987 1781 .896
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 1413 26 9 12 1 81 3.44 1 854 773 .905
Cassivi, FredericFrederic Cassivi 59 1 0 1 0 4 4.07 0 30 26 .867
Team: 4978 82 29 41 12 291 3.51 1 2871 2580 .899

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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;

Awards and records[edit]

Roster[edit]

Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

Farm teams[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 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Ovechkin Named NHL Rookie of the Month". Retrieved 2006-09-18. 
  6. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.14, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5