|2006–07 Ottawa Senators · NHL|
|Eastern Conference Champions|
|General Manager||John Muckler|
|Alternate captains|| Chris Phillips|
|Average attendance||19,372 (104.7%)|
|Goals||Dany Heatley (50)|
|Assists||Daniel Alfredsson (58)|
|Points||Dany Heatley (105)|
|Penalties in minutes||Chris Neil (177)|
|Wins||Ray Emery (33)|
|Goals against average||Ray Emery (2.47)|
The 2006–07 Ottawa Senators season (the team's 14th season) saw the team rebound from a disappointing early exit from the 2006 playoffs. The team made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Anaheim Ducks. After numerous personnel changes at the start of the season, the team had a poor record until December. The poor record sparked numerous trade rumours in the media. The team turned their play around to place second in the division and won three playoff series to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, the first in Ottawa in 80 years.
In July 2006, the Senators lost four players to free agency; defencemen Zdeno Chara (who signed a 5–year deal with the Boston Bruins), Brian Pothier (who signed with the Washington Capitals), goalie Dominik Hasek (who signed a 1–year deal with the Detroit Red Wings), and forward Vaclav Varada (who signed with HC Davos of the Swiss Elite League).
Former Carolina Hurricanes starter Martin Gerber was signed to fill the void left by Hasek, and Ottawa also signed defenceman Joe Corvo, formerly of the Los Angeles Kings. A short time later, they traded star forward Martin Havlat and centre Bryan Smolinski to the Chicago Blackhawks for Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka, and a second-round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The club signed Russian centre Alexei Kaigorodov to a two-year entry level contract. They also signed blueliner Jamie Allison and re-signed Antoine Vermette, Chris Neil, and Peter Schaefer to avoid arbitration proceedings. In addition, Ottawa re-signed Chris Kelly and Jason Spezza to two-year contracts each, as well as Christoph Schubert. Midway through the season, the Senators acquired centre Mike Comrie and left wing Oleg Saprykin from the Phoenix Coyotes. They would also acquire defenceman Lawrence Nycholat from the Washington Capitals.
After starting with a 21–18–1 record until the end of December, Ottawa played better from January on (27–7–8).
On January 3, 2007, Ottawa acquired centre Mike Comrie from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for prospect Alexei Kaigorodov. Ottawa was in need of another centre due to injuries and was eager to shed Kaigorodov, who was suspended for refusing an assignment to the Senators' American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, instead opting to play in Russia.
Dany Heatley was the representative for Ottawa at the 2007 All-Star Game for the East, managing a 94.0 Miles per hour slapshot in the skills competition and a goal and two assists in the East's 12–9 loss to the West. For the 'YoungStars' game, sophomore defenceman Andrej Meszaros and forward Patrick Eaves participated.
On February 22, 2007, the Senators were involved in a huge fight with the Buffalo Sabres over an alleged late hit by Neil on Sabres co-captain Chris Drury. Although the referees ruled it was a legal hit (and replays and analysts concurred after the game), a fight ensued after play restarted. Eight players were assessed a total of 100 penalty minutes, and five players, including Senators Ray Emery and Chris Phillips, were ejected. The Senators lost the match, 6–5, in a shootout, one of a record eight overtime games and four shootouts that night.
The team finished second in the Northeast division, behind the Presidents' Trophy-winning Buffalo Sabres, and third in the conference in points (the team was seeded fourth due to the precedence of divisional winners). Because the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs both narrowly missed the playoffs, the Senators were the only Canadian-based team in the Eastern Conference to qualify for the playoffs.
|3||9||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||40||31||11||258||269||91|
Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
|1||October 4||Ottawa||4 – 1||Toronto||Gerber||19,520||1–0–0||2|
|2||October 5||Toronto||6 – 0||Ottawa||Gerber||19,237||1–1–0||2|
|3||October 7||Buffalo||4 – 3||Ottawa||Gerber||19,202||1–2–0||2|
|4||October 12||Calgary||1 – 0||Ottawa||Emery||18,404||1–3–0||2|
|5||October 14||Ottawa||3 – 2||Montreal||SO||Emery||21,273||2–3–0||4|
|6||October 19||Colorado||2 – 1||Ottawa||Gerber||17,728||2–4–0||4|
|7||October 21||New Jersey||1 – 8||Ottawa||Emery||19,166||3–4–0||6|
|8||October 24||Ottawa||6 – 2||Toronto||Gerber||19,485||4–4–0||8|
|9||October 26||Toronto||2 – 7||Ottawa||Emery||19,178||5–4–0||10|
|10||October 28||Ottawa||1 – 2||Boston||Gerber||13,281||5–5–0||10|
|11||October 31||Ottawa||2 – 4||Montreal||Emery||21,273||5–6–0||10|
|12||November 4||Carolina||4 – 2||Ottawa||Gerber||19,548||5–7–0||10|
|13||November 6||Ottawa||3 – 4||Washington||OT||Gerber||10,485||5–7–1||11|
|14||November 8||Ottawa||4 – 5||Atlanta||Gerber||16,253||5–8–1||11|
|15||November 10||Ottawa||6 – 3||Pittsburgh||Gerber||17,052||6–8–1||13|
|16||November 11||Ottawa||3 – 4||Boston||Gerber||15,772||6–9–1||13|
|17||November 13||Montreal||6 – 3||Ottawa||Gerber||20,051||6–10–1||13|
|18||November 15||Ottawa||4 – 2||Buffalo||Emery||18,690||7–10–1||15|
|19||November 17||Ottawa||2 – 3||New Jersey||Emery||15,133||7–11–1||15|
|20||November 18||Buffalo||1 – 4||Ottawa||Emery||19,770||8–11–1||17|
|21||November 20||Minnesota||3 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||18,094||9–11–1||19|
|22||November 22||Ottawa||3 – 2||Philadelphia||OT||Emery||18,990||10–11–1||21|
|23||November 24||Ottawa||6 – 4||Florida||Emery||16,544||11–11–1||23|
|24||November 26||Ottawa||1 – 3||Tampa Bay||Emery||19,819||11–12–1||23|
|25||November 28||Ottawa||4 – 1||Carolina||Gerber||14,393||12–12–1||25|
|26||November 30||Florida||0 – 6||Ottawa||Emery||17,814||13–12–1||27|
|27||December 2||Tampa Bay||2 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||18,618||14–12–1||29|
|28||December 5||Ottawa||4 – 2||NY Islanders||Gerber||8,741||15–12–1||31|
|29||December 6||Ottawa||2 – 6||Washington||Emery||10,926||15–13–1||31|
|30||December 9||NY Rangers||3 – 1||Ottawa||Emery||19,192||15–14–1||31|
|31||December 10||Ottawa||2 – 6||Columbus||Gerber||15,797||15–15–1||31|
|32||December 12||Ottawa||3 – 2||Detroit||Emery||20,066||16–15–1||33|
|33||December 14||Ottawa||0 – 6||Nashville||Emery||12,718||16–16–1||33|
|34||December 16||Ottawa||3 – 1||Buffalo||Emery||18,690||17–16–1||35|
|35||December 19||Boston||7 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||19,153||17–17–1||35|
|36||December 21||Tampa Bay||4 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||18,603||17–18–1||35|
|37||December 23||Ottawa||6 – 3||Philadelphia||Gerber||19,268||18–18–1||37|
|38||December 27||NY Islanders||0 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||20,192||19–18–1||39|
|39||December 29||NY Rangers||0 – 1||Ottawa||Emery||20,214||20–18–1||41|
|40||December 30||Ottawa||3 – 2||Toronto||OT||Emery||19,483||21–18–1||43|
|41||January 1||Atlanta||3 – 2||Ottawa||OT||Emery||19,707||21–18–2||44|
|42||January 3||Buffalo||3 – 6||Ottawa||Emery||19,777||22–18–2||46|
|43||January 6||New Jersey||3 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||19,548||22–19–2||46|
|44||January 7||Philadelphia||1 – 6||Ottawa||Gerber||18,509||23–19–2||48|
|45||January 9||Boston||2 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||18,292||24–19–2||50|
|46||January 11||Ottawa||6 – 4||NY Rangers||Emery||18,200||25–19–2||52|
|47||January 13||Montreal||3 – 8||Ottawa||Emery||20,038||26–19–2||54|
|48||January 16||Washington||2 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||18,810||27–19–2||56|
|49||January 18||Vancouver||2 – 1||Ottawa||Emery||19,161||27–20–2||56|
|50||January 20||Ottawa||3 – 0||Boston||Emery||17,565||28–20–2||58|
|51||January 27||Boston||1 – 3||Ottawa||Emery||19,846||29–20–2||60|
|52||January 29||Ottawa||1 – 3||Montreal||Emery||21,273||29–21–2||60|
|53||January 30||Washington||2 – 3||Ottawa||Gerber||19,178||30–21–2||62|
|54||February 3||Toronto||3 – 2||Ottawa||SO||Emery||20,112||30–21–3||63|
|55||February 7||Ottawa||2 – 3||Buffalo||Emery||18,690||30–22–3||63|
|56||February 8||Montreal||1 – 4||Ottawa||Emery||19,915||31–22–3||65|
|57||February 10||Ottawa||5 – 3||Montreal||Emery||21,273||32–22–3||67|
|58||February 14||Florida||0 – 4||Ottawa||Gerber||18,561||33–22–3||69|
|59||February 17||Atlanta||3 – 5||Ottawa||Gerber||19,881||34–22–3||71|
|60||February 20||Edmonton||3 – 4||Ottawa||SO||Gerber||19,716||35–22–3||73|
|61||February 22||Ottawa||5 – 6||Buffalo||SO||Gerber||18,690||35–22–4||74|
|62||February 24||Buffalo||5 – 6||Ottawa||Emery||20,040||36–22–4||76|
|63||February 27||Ottawa||4 – 2||Carolina||Gerber||17,812||37–22–4||78|
|64||February 28||Carolina||0 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||19,261||38–22–4||80|
|65||March 2||Ottawa||2 – 4||Atlanta||Emery||16,190||38–23–4||80|
|66||March 4||Ottawa||3 – 4||Chicago||SO||Gerber||13,917||38–23–5||81|
|67||March 6||Pittsburgh||5 – 4||Ottawa||SO||Emery||20,074||38–23–6||82|
|68||March 8||Toronto||1 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||20,018||39–23–6||84|
|69||March 10||Ottawa||3 – 4||Toronto||OT||Emery||19,527||39–23–7||85|
|70||March 13||Ottawa||3 – 2||NY Rangers||Emery||18,200||40–23–7||87|
|71||March 15||NY Islanders||2 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||19,989||41–23–7||89|
|72||March 17||Philadelphia||2 – 3||Ottawa||Emery||19,639||42–23–7||91|
|73||March 18||Ottawa||3 – 4||Pittsburgh||SO||Emery||17,132||42–23–8||92|
|74||March 20||Ottawa||4 – 2||St. Louis||Gerber||13,188||43–23–8||94|
|75||March 22||Ottawa||4 – 2||Florida||Emery||14,202||44–23–8||96|
|76||March 24||Ottawa||7 – 2||Tampa Bay||Emery||20,342||45–23–8||98|
|77||March 27||Boston||3 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||19,786||45–24–8||98|
|78||March 30||Montreal||2 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||20,185||46–24–8||100|
|79||March 31||Ottawa||5 – 2||NY Islanders||Gerber||15,598||47–24–8||102|
|80||April 3||Ottawa||1 – 2||New Jersey||SO||Emery||11,642||47–24–9||103|
|81||April 5||Pittsburgh||3 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||20,064||47–25–9||103|
|82||April 7||Ottawa||6 – 3||Boston||Emery||17,565||48–25–9||105|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates regulation loss.
- White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.
- For more details on this topic, see 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Ottawa Senators ended the 2006–07 regular season as the Eastern Conference's fourth seed.
The Senators started the playoffs against the fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins, whom they defeated four games to one. The second-seeded New Jersey Devils were their next opponent, with the same four-games-to-one result, again in favor of the Senators. In the Eastern Conference Final, the Senators faced the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres. Once again, Ottawa won in five games, which gave the Senators their first ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. This was also the Sens' first series win against the Sabres.
- For more details on this topic, see 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.
The Anaheim Ducks were their opponent in the finals and the four-games-to-one result stayed the same for the Senators, the only difference being this time it was in the opposing team's favor. The Ducks were successful in shutting down the Senators's top line to the point where it was broken up in game five. All games were close except for game five which the Senators lost 6–2, when two goals went in off Senators defencemen and Phillips caused an own-goal, which turned out to be the game-winning and Cup-winning goal attributed to Travis Moen, and possibly the only such goal in Finals history. Alfredsson was the Senators' top forward in the series as he had been all playoffs, scoring four goals. Heatley and Spezza were held to one goal and two assists in total.
After a poor start to the season, several players picked up their play and the Senators played well from December to the Stanley Cup Finals. The defence pairing of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov won praise from the media for their "shutdown effectiveness" against opposing top lines. The 'CASH line' of Spezza, Heatley, and Alfredsson was outstanding offensively, scoring nearly half of the Senators' goals in the post-season, appearing on The Hockey News cover for their play. The line tied for the NHL and team scoring lead with 22 points in 20 playoff games. Goaltender Ray Emery played all 20 games and posted 13 wins.
Eastern Conference Quarter-final: vs. (5) Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit
|1||April 11||Pittsburgh||3 – 6||Ottawa||Emery||19,611||1 – 0|
|2||April 14||Pittsburgh||4 – 3||Ottawa||Emery||20,133||1 – 1|
|3||April 15||Ottawa||4 – 2||Pittsburgh||Emery||17,132||2 – 1|
|4||April 17||Ottawa||2 – 1||Pittsburgh||Emery||17,132||3 – 1|
|5||April 19||Pittsburgh||0 – 3||Ottawa||Emery||20,179||4 – 1|
Ottawa wins series 4–1
Eastern Conference Semi-final: vs. (2) New Jersey DevilsEdit
|1||April 26||Ottawa||5 – 4||New Jersey||Emery||15,512||1 – 0|
|2||April 28||Ottawa||2 – 3||New Jersey||2OT||Emery||19,040||1 – 1|
|3||April 30||New Jersey||0 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||19,636||2 – 1|
|4||May 2||New Jersey||2 – 3||Ottawa||Emery||20,248||3 – 1|
|5||May 5||Ottawa||3 – 2||New Jersey||Emery||19,040||4 – 1|
Ottawa wins series 4–1
Eastern Conference Final: vs. (1) Buffalo SabresEdit
|1||May 10||Ottawa||5 – 2||Buffalo||Emery||18,690||1 – 0|
|2||May 12||Ottawa||4 – 3||Buffalo||2OT||Emery||18,690||2 – 0|
|3||May 14||Buffalo||0 – 1||Ottawa||Emery||20,171||3 – 0|
|4||May 16||Buffalo||3 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||20,294||3 – 1|
|5||May 19||Ottawa||3 – 2||Buffalo||OT||Emery||18,690||4 – 1|
Ottawa wins series 4–1
Stanley Cup Final: vs. (W2) Anaheim DucksEdit
|1||May 28||Ottawa||2 – 3||Anaheim||Emery||17,274||0 – 1|
|2||May 30||Ottawa||0 – 1||Anaheim||Emery||17,258||0 – 2|
|3||June 2||Anaheim||3 – 5||Ottawa||Emery||20,500||1 – 2|
|4||June 4||Anaheim||3 – 2||Ottawa||Emery||20,500||1 – 3|
|5||June 6||Ottawa||2 – 6||Anaheim||Emery||17,372||1 – 4|
Anaheim wins series 4–1
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates loss.
Player stats Edit
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T/OT = Ties/overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;
Awards and recordsEdit
|July 10, 2006|| To Chicago Blackhawks |
| To Ottawa Senators |
Chicago's second-round pick in 2008 Draft (Patrick Wiercioch)
|January 3, 2007|| To Phoenix Coyotes |
| To Ottawa Senators |
|January 5, 2007|| To New York Islanders |
| To Ottawa Senators |
|February 26, 2007|| To Washington Capitals |
Ottawa's sixth-round pick in 2007 Draft (Justin Taylor)
| To Ottawa Senators |
|February 27, 2007|| To Phoenix Coyotes |
Ottawa's second-round pick in 2008 Draft (Jared Staal)
| To Ottawa Senators|
Phoenix's seventh-round pick in 2007 Draft (pick traded to Tampa)
Free Agents AcquiredEdit
|D Joe Corvo||Los Angeles Kings|
|G Martin Gerber||Carolina Hurricanes|
|F Serge Payer||Florida Panthers|
|F Dean McAmmond||St. Louis Blues|
Free Agents LostEdit
|D Zdeno Chara||Boston Bruins|
|D Brian Pothier||Washington Capitals|
|F Tyler Arnason||Colorado Avalanche|
|G Mike Morrison||Phoenix Coyotes|
|G Dominik Hasek||Detroit Red Wings|
|D Filip Novak||Columbus Blue Jackets|
Lost on WaiversEdit
|F Denis Hamel||Atlanta Thrashers|
2006-07 Ottawa Senators
- NHL.com - Player Search. NHL. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||28||Nick Foligno (LW)||United States||Sudbury Wolves (OHL)|
|3||68||Eric Gryba (D)||Canada||Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)|
|3||91||Kaspars Daugavins (LW)||Latvia||HK Riga 2000 (Latvian Hockey League)|
|4||121||Pierre-Luc Lessard (D)||Canada||Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)|
|5||151||Ryan Daniels (G)||Canada||Saginaw Spirit (OHL)|
|6||181||Kevin Koopman (D)||Canada||Beaver Valley Nitehawks (KIJHL)|
|7||211||Erik Condra (RW)||United States||Notre Dame (NCAA)|
- ↑ NHL Attendance - 2006. ESPN. Retrieved on 2009-12-07.
- ↑ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). in Dave McCarthy et al: THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League, 157. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
- ↑ Garrioch, Bruce (2007-05-22), "NHL Team Reports", The Hockey News: pg. 22
- ↑ Warren, Ken (2007-05-22), "Top Line Makes Sens", The Hockey News: 18–19
- ↑ 2006-07 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
- ↑ 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed December 9, 2006
|2006–07 NHL season by team|
|Atlantic||New Jersey • NY Islanders • NY Rangers • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh|
|Northeast||Boston • Buffalo • Montreal • Ottawa • Toronto|
|Southeast||Atlanta • Carolina • Florida • Tampa Bay • Washington|
|Central||Chicago • Columbus • Detroit • Nashville • St. Louis|
|Northwest||Calgary • Colorado • Edmonton • Minnesota • Vancouver|
|Pacific||Anaheim • Dallas • Los Angeles • Phoenix • San Jose|
|See also||2006 NHL Entry Draft • All-Star Game • Stanley Cup Playoffs • Finals • Transactions|
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