2011-12 NHL season highlights

April, 9, 2012
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From the official NHL release:

STAMKOS’ 60 GOALS, WINGS’ RECORD HOME STREAK
AMONG HIGHLIGHTS OF THRILLING 2011-12 SEASON



NEW YORK (April 9, 2012) – The 2011-12 National Hockey League regular season was a six-month thrill ride that crowned four new division champions and qualified four teams for the playoffs who had missed the postseason last spring.


The campaign began with the League’s return to Winnipeg and ended with South Florida’s return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It produced a 60-goal-scorer (Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos) for just the second time in 16 years and an astonishing eight-point game by Edmonton’s Sam Gagner – only the 11th such performance by one player in League history. It saw the Detroit Red Wings reel off a record 23 consecutive home victories amid remarkable competitive balance that required the last of 1,230 games to determine the first-round playoff matchups.


Among the many 2011-12 highlights:

Playoff Bound
Four teams (Florida, New Jersey, Ottawa and St. Louis) qualified for the
2012 postseason after missing the 2011 playoffs.

Firsts
" One season after finishing last in the East, Florida won its division
– becoming the first team to achieve such a feat since the NHL
adopted the two-conference format in 1974-75. The Panthers won the
Southeast and clinched their first playoff berth since 2000, ending
the longest drought in the League.

" Florida’s Stephen Weiss will make his playoff debut after 637
regular-season games.

" Prior to this season, no NHL division included four teams that
collected 100 or more points. This season, there were two such
divisions – the Central (St. Louis 109, Nashville 104, Detroit 102,
Chicago 101) and the Atlantic (NY Rangers 109, Pittsburgh 108,
Philadelphia 103 and New Jersey 102).

Shuffle the Deck
Only Vancouver (first in the West) and Pittsburgh (fourth in the East) open the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the same seeding as 2011.

Only Boston (Northeast) and Vancouver (Northwest) repeated as division champion. The Rangers became the third Atlantic champ in three years (Philadelphia last year, New Jersey in 2010). Florida replaced Washington, which had won four straight Southeast titles. St. Louis followed Detroit (last season) and Chicago (2010) to the top of the Central, and Phoenix ended San Jose’s four-season run atop the Pacific.

The Longest Waits
Washington’s Roman Hamrlik has played the most regular-season games (1,379) without playing for a Cup winner. Next in line among playoff-competing
teams: Shane Doan, Phoenix (1,198 games).

Players in this playoff who have played the most playoff games without being on a Cup winner: Patrick Marleau, San Jose, 124 playoff games; Joe Thornton, San Jose, 109; Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa, 107; Simon Gagne, Los Angeles (injured), 105; plus Ottawa’s Chris Phillips, Washington’s Roman Hamrlik and Philadelphia’s Danny Briere, all at 97.

Attendance
While the average announced attendance of 17,445 per game was 25 spectators per game short of the record 17,470 in 2008-09, NHL teams played to 95.6% of capacity in 2011-12 compared to 94.8% of capacity in 2008-09.

Stamkos Becomes Second 60-Goal-Scorer in Past 16 Years Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored 60 goals to capture his second Maurice Richard Trophy (2009-10), finishing ahead of Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin
(50) and the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik (41) . . . Stamkos scored his 60th goal in Tampa Bay’s season finale Saturday at Winnipeg, becoming the first player to score 60 goals since 2007-08 (Alex Ovechkin, 65); before Ovechkin, the last time a player hit 60 was 1995-96 (Mario Lemieux, 69; Jaromir Jagr, 62) . . . He tied for the League lead with Phoenix’s Radim Vrbata in game-winning goals (12) and scored an NHL-record five overtime goals . . . Stamkos totaled 48 even-strength scores, the most of any player since 1992-93 . . . He has 156 goals since the start of the 2009-10 season,
36 more than the next-closest player (Ovechkin, 120).

Gagner’s Eight-Point Game (Feb. 2 vs. CHI) Sam Gagner had 4-4—8 in Edmonton’s 8-4 victory, tying Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey for the Oilers franchise record for points in a game . . .
Gagner became the 11th player in NHL history and first since Mario Lemieux
(5-3—8 against New Jersey Dec. 31, 1988) to register eight points in a game. He and Lemieux are the only two players ever to register eight points when their team only scores eight goals . . . Gagner set an NHL record for most points in one game with none in the first period. The previous record was seven by Yvan Cournoyer (Feb. 15, 1975) and Gretzky (Nov. 6,
1983) . . . Darryl Sittler holds the NHL single-game record with 10 points for Toronto against Boston Feb. 7, 1976

Red Wings Set Home Mark
The Red Wings set an NHL record with 23 straight home wins Nov. 5 – Feb.
19, breaking the record of 22 set by the Bruins (over two seasons) and the single-season mark of 20 (also set by the Bruins and matched by the Flyers).

Longest Home Winning Streaks, NA Major Professional Sports Leagues
NBA: Chicago Bulls (1995-96), 37
NFL: Miami Dolphins (1971-74), 27
MLB (since 1919): Boston Red Sox (1988) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1978), 24
NHL: Detroit Red Wings (2011-12), 23

Longest Single-Season Home Winning Streaks, NHL History
2011-12 Detroit Red Wings, 23: 11/05-11 – 2/19/12
1929-30 Boston Bruins, 20: 12/03/29 – 3/18/30
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, 20: 1/04/76 – 4/03/76
1970-71 Boston Bruins, 19: 11/22/70 – 2/06/71

Blues’ Record-Setting Season
The Blues set a club record with points in 21 straight home games Dec. 6 – Feb. 18 (18-0-3) . . . They also set a club record with their 30th home win March 27 vs. NSH and set a franchise home points record with their 65th April 4 vs. DET . . . Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott became first tandem in club history each with 20 wins in a season and the first tandem in NHL history to each record six shutouts or more in the same season . . . Halak and Elliott set a club record for a goalie tandem with 15 combined shutouts, tying the modern day NHL record set by Chicago in 1969-70 . . .
Elliott set a St. Louis single-season shutout mark with nine, a new club consecutive shutout minutes record at 241:33 and tied a franchise record for consecutive shutout games record with three.

Bruins Dominate November
The Bruins went 12-0-1 in November, outscoring opponents, 57-24; their 25 points in the month were their most since a 25-point March in 1978 in which they went 11-2-3 . . . It was Boston’s first full calendar month without a regulation loss since finishing January, 1969 with a 10-0-4 record . . .
Tim Thomas went 9-0 with three shutouts and a 1.76 goals-against average.
Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand each recorded 14 points . . .
The Bruins had a 10-game win streak Nov. 1-23, tied for the fourth-longest streak in team history . . . They had a 15-game point streak (14-0-1) Nov.
1 – Dec. 5, their longest such stretch since 1983.

Milestones
New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur surpassed 70,000 minutes played for his career (70,028), extending his own record. Brodeur now has played nearly 10,000 minutes more than Patrick Roy, who is second all-time with 60,235 . . .
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom finished the season plus-21 and now is plus-450 for his career – tops among active players . . . Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,600th career point Oct. 6 and finished the season with
1,653 . . . Calgary’s Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career goal Jan.
7 . . . Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne recorded his 1,400th career point March
14 . . . Phoenix’s Ray Whitney recorded his 1,000th career point March 31, becoming the 79th player in NHL history to reach that milestone . . . Matt Moulson (Dec. 3), Lars Eller (Jan. 4) and Sam Gagner (Feb. 2) each posted four-goal games.

Notes
Florida’s Brian Campbell led the League in total ice time with 2,205 minutes and 31 seconds, but was on the ice for only 76 goals against (and
101 goals for) . . . Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was on the ice for 132 of the Penguins’ 282 goals and only 66 against – a differential of 66 . . .
Ottawa scored 249 goals and Erik Karlsson was on the ice for 135 of them – tops in the League . . . Hits in 2011-12: 55,985. Hits in 2010-11:
55,911 . . Score was tied, or within a goal, 72.6% of the playing time . . . The Bruins swept the top five in plus-minus: Patrice Bergeron (+36), Tyler Seguin (+34), Zdeno Chara (+33), Chris Kelly (+33), Brad Marchand (+31) . . . Top five “plus” players on the road: Patrice Bergeron (+18), Philadelphia’s Matt Read (+16), Boston’s Brad Marchand (+14), the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh (+14) and Ottawa’s Filip Kuba (+14) . . . In addition to leading the League in scoring, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin led the NHL in shots with 339, followed by teammate James Neal (329) . . .
Ottawa’s Jason Spezza led the League in face-offs taken (1,700) and was second to Patrice Bergeron in face-offs won. Spezza won 909, Bergeron won 973, including 760 at even strength . . . New Jersey yielded a League-low
27 power-play goals.

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