The 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs
for the National Hockey League
(NHL) championship began on April 21, 2006, following the 2005–06 regular season
. The sixteen teams that qualified, seeded one through eight from each conference, played best-of-seven series
with re-seeding after the conference quarterfinals. The Conference Champions played a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup
The finals concluded on June 19 with the Carolina Hurricanes
winning the Stanley Cup, defeating the Edmonton Oilers
in the final series four games to three. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward
was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy
as Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.
While the 2005–06 NHL season
introduced a shootout to break ties after 5 minutes of 4-on-4 overtime
, the Stanley Cup playoffs retained their traditional format of unlimited 20-minute periods of 5-on-5 sudden-death overtime
to break ties.
The Western Conference made history in the first round when all four series were won by the lower-seeded teams (conversely, all four series in the Eastern Conference were won by the higher-seeded teams). The eighth and lowest seeded Edmonton Oilers proceeded to win the Western Conference and participate in the Stanley Cup Finals.
After the 2005–06 NHL season
, a total of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings
were the Presidents' Trophy
winners with the best record at 124 points (58 wins, 16 regulation losses, 8 overtime losses), while the Ottawa Senators
won on the last day... Read More