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2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes season

The 2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes season was the franchise's 34th season, 27th season in the National Hockey League and 9th as the Hurricanes. On April 7, the Hurricanes scored three short-handed goals in a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals.[1] The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup to win the second championship in team history. In 1973, the Whalers won the inaugural championship of the World Hockey Association.

Offseason

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

NHL Draft

Main article: 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 3 Jack Johnson Defense  United States U.S. National Team Development Program
2 58 Nate Hagemo Defense  United States University of Minnesota (WCHA)
3 64 Joe Barnes Center  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
4 94 Jakub Vojta Defense  Czech Republic HC Sparta Praha Jr. (Czech)
4 123 Ondrej Otcenas Center/Winger  Slovakia Trenčín Jr. (Slovakia)
5 145 Tim Kunes Center  United States New England Jr. Falcons (EJHL)
5 159 Risto Korhonen Winger  Finland Kärpät Jr. (Finnish Jr.)
6 192 Nicolas Blanchard Center  Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
7 198 Kyle Lawson Defense  United States U.S. National Team Development Program

Free agency

  • On August 6, 2005, Whitney signed a 2-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL's Eastern Conference paying him $1.5 million per year.
  • During the free agent signing period following the end of the 2004–2005 NHL lockout, Stillman agreed to a three-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on August 2, 2005.

Regular season

Final standings

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.

Game log

October

Record for month 8-2-1 (Home 5-0-0 Away 3-2-1)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 2005 2–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 0–1–0
2 W October 7, 2005 3–2 SO Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 1–1–0
3 L October 8, 2005 2–3 @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 1–2–0
4 W October 12, 2005 7–2 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 2–2–0
5 W October 15, 2005 6–1 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 3–2–0
6 L October 20, 2005 4–5 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 3–2–1
7 W October 22, 2005 4–0 @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 4–2–1
8 W October 24, 2005 3–2 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 5–2–1
9 W October 26, 2005 4–3 OT Boston Bruins (2005–06) 6–2–1
10 W October 28, 2005 8–6 Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 7–2–1
11 W October 29, 2005 5–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 8–2–1

November

Record for month 8-5-0 (Home 4-4-0 Away 4-1-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
12 W November 3, 2005 4–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 9–2–1
13 W November 5, 2005 2–0 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 10–2–1
14 W November 9, 2005 5–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 11–2–1
15 W November 11, 2005 1–0 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 12–2–1
16 L November 12, 2005 0–9 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 12–3–1
17 W November 15, 2005 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 13–3–1
18 W November 17, 2005 5–1 New York Rangers (2005–06) 14–3–1
19 L November 19, 2005 3–4 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 14–4–1
20 L November 20, 2005 2–5 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 14–5–1
21 L November 22, 2005 3–5 Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 14–6–1
22 W November 25, 2005 4–3 SO Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 15–6–1
23 L November 27, 2005 2–5 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 15–7–1
24 W November 29, 2005 4–3 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 16–7–1

December

Record for month 8-3-3 (Home 6-0-1 Away 2-3-2)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
25 L December 2, 2005 4–5 SO @ Dallas Stars (2005–06) 16–7–2
26 L December 3, 2005 4–8 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2005–06) 16–8–2
27 W December 6, 2005 6–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06) 17–8–2
28 W December 8, 2005 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (2005–06) 18–8–2
29 L December 10, 2005 3–4 @ San Jose Sharks (2005–06) 18–9–2
30 W December 13, 2005 5–3 Chicago Blackhawks (2005–06) 19–9–2
31 W December 15, 2005 2–1 Columbus Blue Jackets (2005–06) 20–9–2
32 W December 17, 2005 4–1 New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 21–9–2
33 W December 20, 2005 6–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 22–9–2
34 W December 23, 2005 4–3 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 23–9–2
35 L December 26, 2005 4–5 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 23–9–3
36 L December 28, 2005 2–6 @ Ottawa Senators (2005–06) 23–10–3
37 L December 29, 2005 3–4 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 23–10–4
38 W December 31, 2005 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 24–10–4

January

Record for month 13-1-0 (Home 8-0-0 Away 5-1-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
39 W January 4, 2006 4–3 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 25–10–4
40 W January 6, 2006 4–1 New York Islanders (2005–06) 26–10–4
41 W January 7, 2006 3–0 @ New York Islanders (2005–06) 27–10–4
42 W January 10, 2006 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (2005–06) 28–10–4
43 W January 13, 2006 5–4 OT Nashville Predators (2005–06) 29–10–4
44 W January 15, 2006 4–2 St. Louis Blues (2005–06) 30–10–4
45 W January 17, 2006 4–3 SO @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 31–10–4
46 W January 19, 2006 4–3 New York Islanders (2005–06) 32–10–4
47 L January 21, 2006 2–5 @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 32–11–4
48 W January 23, 2006 7–3 Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 33–11–4
49 W January 25, 2006 4–3 SO @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 34–11–4
50 W January 26, 2006 5–1 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 35–11–4
51 W January 28, 2006 4–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 36–11–4
52 W January 31, 2006 8–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 37–11–4

February

Record for month 2-3-0 (Home 1-1-0 Away 1-2-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
53 L February 3, 2006 0–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 37–12–4
54 W February 5, 2006 4–3 SO @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 38–12–4
55 L February 9, 2006 3–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 38–13–4
56 L February 10, 2006 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 38–14–4
57 W February 12, 2006 4–3 SO Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 39–14–4

March

Record for month 9-5-2 (Home 5-2-0 Away 4-3-2)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
58 W March 1, 2006 4–3 Boston Bruins (2005–06) 40–14–4
59 W March 3, 2006 5–2 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 41–14–4
60 W March 4, 2006 7–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06) 42–14–4
61 W March 6, 2006 2–1 @ New York Rangers (2005–06) 43–14–4
62 L March 8, 2006 2–3 SO @ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06) 43–14–5
63 L March 10, 2006 3–5 @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 43–15–5
64 L March 11, 2006 3–4 OT @ Florida Panthers (2005–06) 43–15–6
65 W March 14, 2006 5–3 New York Rangers (2005–06) 44–15–6
66 W March 16, 2006 5–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06) 45–15–6
67 L March 18, 2006 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (2005–06) 45–16–6
68 L March 21, 2006 2–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06) 45–17–6
69 W March 22, 2006 4–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 46–17–6
70 L March 25, 2006 1–3 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 46–18–6
71 W March 27, 2006 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 47–18–6
72 L March 29, 2006 1–5 Washington Capitals (2005–06) 47–19–6
73 W March 31, 2006 3–2 Florida Panthers (2005–06) 48–19–6

April

Record for month 4-3-2 (Home 2-1-1 Away 2-2-1)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
74 L April 1, 2006 2–5 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 48–20–6
75 W April 3, 2006 6–5 OT Washington Capitals (2005–06) 49–20–6
76 W April 5, 2006 4–3 SO @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 50–20–6
77 W April 7, 2006 4–3 @ Washington Capitals (2005–06) 51–20–6
78 L April 8, 2006 2–5 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06) 51–21–6
79 L April 11, 2006 3–4 OT New Jersey Devils (2005–06) 51–21–7
80 W April 14, 2006 5–4 SO Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 52–21–7
81 L April 15, 2006 2–3 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06) 52–21–8
82 L April 18, 2006 0–4 Buffalo Sabres (2005–06) 52–22–8

Player stats

Forwards

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Eric Staal 82 45 55 100 -8 81
Cory Stillman 72 21 55 76 -9 32
Justin Williams 82 31 45 76 1 60
Rod Brind'Amour 78 31 39 70 8 68
Erik Cole 60 30 29 59 19 54
Ray Whitney 63 17 38 55 0 42
Matt Cullen 78 25 24 49 4 40
Kevyn Adams 82 15 8 23 0 36
Craig Adams 67 10 11 21 1 51
Doug Weight 23 4 9 13 -6 25
Chad LaRose 49 1 12 13 7 35
Andrew Ladd 29 6 5 11 0 4
Josef Vasicek 23 4 5 9 3 8
Mark Recchi 20 4 3 7 -8 12
Niklas Nordgren 43 4 2 6 -4 40
Radim Vrbata 16 2 3 5 0 6
Michael Zigomanis 21 1 0 1 1 4
David Gove 1 0 1 1 2 0
Keith Aucoin 7 0 1 1 -4 4
Jesse Boulerice 26 0 0 0 -3 51

Defensemen

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Frantisek Kaberle 77 6 38 44 8 46
Bret Hedican 74 5 22 27 11 58
Aaron Ward 71 6 19 25 2 62
Oleg Tverdovsky 72 3 20 23 -1 37
Mike Commodore 72 3 10 13 12 138
Andrew Hutchinson 36 3 8 11 -2 18
Glen Wesley 64 2 8 10 10 46
Niclas Wallin 50 4 4 8 2 42
Anton Babchuk 22 3 2 5 -2 6
Danny Richmond 10 0 1 1 -3 7

Goaltending

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L OTL SO GAA
Martin Gerber 60 38 14 6 3 2.78
Cam Ward 28 14 8 2 0 3.68

Playoffs

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Carolina Hurricanes (2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (7)

Game-by-game Score CAR goals MTL goals
1 April 22 Canadiens 6, at Hurricanes 1 Cullen Bouillon, Bonk, Kovalev 2, Higgins, Souray
2 April 24 2:32, 2nd OT Canadiens 6, at Hurricanes 5 Cullen, Brind'Amour 2, Whitney, Stillman Bulis, Ryder 2, Bonk, Kovalev, Zednik
3 April 26 3:38, OT Hurricanes 2, at Canadiens 1 Brind'Amour, Staal Zednik
4 April 28 Hurricanes 3, at Canadiens 2 Williams, A. Ward, Brind'Amour Perezhogin, Souray
5 April 30 at Hurricanes 2, Canadiens 1 Staal, Cullen Kovalev
6 May 2 1:19, OT Hurricanes 2, at Canadiens 1 Recchi, Stillman Souray
Hurricanes win series 4–2 Brind'Amour 4, 4 with 2 Kovalev 4, 2 with 2

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Carolina Hurricanes (2) vs. New Jersey Devils (3)

Game-by-game Score CAR goals NJ goals
1 May 6 at Hurricanes 6, Devils 0 Whitney 2, Staal, Stillman, Weight, Brind'Amour none (Ward shutout)
2 May 8 3:09, OT at Hurricanes 3, Devils 2 Recchi, Staal, Wallin Langenbrunner, Gomez
3 May 10 Hurricanes 3, at Devils 2 Cullen, Williams, Brind'Amour Brylin, Elias
4 May 13 at Devils 5, Hurricanes 1 Recchi Gomez 2, Pandolfo, Brylin, Madden
5 May 14 at Hurricanes 4, at Devils 1 Kaberle, Stillman, Whitney, Staal Gionta
Hurricanes win series 4–1 Staal 3, Whitney 3, 4 with 2 Gomez 3, 1 with 2

Eastern Conference Finals

Carolina Hurricanes (2) vs. Buffalo Sabres (4)

Game-by-game Score CAR goals BUF goals
1 May 20 Sabres 3, at Hurricanes 2 Brind'Amour, Commodore Tallinder, Briere, McKee
2 May 22 at Hurricanes 4, Sabres 3 Kaberle, Whitney 2, Williams Vanek, Drury, Roy
3 May 24 at Sabres 4, Hurricanes 3 Stillman 2, Staal Drury, Briere 2, Kotalik
4 May 26 Hurricanes 4, at Sabres 0 Recchi, Staal, Ladd, Hedican none (Gerber shutout)
5 May 28 8:46, OT at Hurricanes 4, at Sabres 3 Williams, Recchi, Brind'Amour, Stillman Drury, Roy, Lydman
6 May 30 4:22, OT at Sabres 2, Hurricanes 1 Hedican Dumont, Briere
7 June 1 at Hurricanes 4, Sabres 2 Commodore, Weight, Brind'Amour, Williams Janik, Hecht
Hurricanes win series 4–3 Brind'Amour 3, Williams 3, 4 with 2 Briere 4, 3 with 2

Stanley Cup Finals

Carolina Hurricanes (E2) vs. Edmonton Oilers (W8)

Game-by-game Score CAR goals EDM goals
1 June 5 at Hurricanes 5, Oilers 4 Brind'Amour 2, Whitney 2, Williams Hemsky, Moreau, Pisani, Pronger
2 June 7 at Hurricanes 5, Oilers 0 Kaberle, Ladd, Recchi, Stillman, Weight none (Ward shutout)
3 June 10 at Oilers 2, Hurricanes 1 Brind'Amour Horcoff, Smyth
4 June 12 Hurricanes 2, at Oilers 1 Recchi, Stillman Samsonov
5 June 14 3:31, OT Oilers 4, at Hurricanes 3 Staal 2, Whitney Pisani 2, Hemsky, Peca
6 June 17 at Oilers 4, Hurricanes 0 none (Markkanen shutout) Horcoff, Pisani, Smyth, Torres
7 June 19 at Hurricanes 3, Oilers 1 Kaberle, A. Ward, Williams Pisani
Hurricanes win series 4–3 Brind'Amour 3, Whitney 3, 4 with 2 Pisani 5, 3 with 2

Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup champions

Roster

  Centres



Nine players remained from the 2002 Carolina team that lost in the finals - Craig Adams, Kevyn Adams, Rod Brind'Amour, Erik Cole, Bret Hedican, Josef Vasicek, Niclas Wallin, Glen Wesley, Aaron Ward. Jeff Daniels also played in 2002, but was an Assistant Coach in 2006. Assistant Coach Kevin McCarthy was the only remaining member of 2002 Carolina Coaching Staff.

  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Peter Karmanos Jr. (CEO/Owner/Governor), Thomas Thewes (Owner)
  • Jim Rutherford (President/General Manager), Davin Olsen (Vice President-Arena Manager),
  • Jason Karmanos (Vice President/Ass’t General Manager), Mike Amendola (Chief Financial Officer)
  • Peter Laviolette (Head Coach), Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Daniels (Ass’t Coaches)
  • Greg Stefan (Goaltending Coach/Pro Scout), Chris Huffine (Video Coordinator),
  • Skip Cunningham, Wally Tatomir, Bob Gorman (Equipment Managers),
  • Peter Freisen (Athletic Therapist/Strength-Conditioning Coach), Chris Stewart (Ass’t Athletic Therapist)
  • Brian Tatum (Director of Team Services), Kelly Kirwin (Event Coordinator-Hockey Operations),
  • Sheldon Ferguson (Director Amateur Scouting), Marshall Johnston (Director Pro Scouting)
  • Claude Larose, Ron Smith, Tony MacDonald, Martin Madden, Bert Marshall (Scouts),
  • Mike Sundheim (Director of Media Relations), Kyle Hanlin (Manager of Media Relations).


Awards and honors

References

  • Hurricanes on Hockey Database
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