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Old 01-25-2017, 08:36 PM   #81
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ah...my beloved Sabres...perhaps a dynasty?
I appreciate you following along and I could see your Sabres winning another Cup or two over the next couple of years.

The big line of Pierre Turgeon between Ray Sheppard and Dave Andreychuk rivals any in the league. Sheppard is coming off two straight 50 goal seasons and is just 24 years old. Andreychuk is 27 and had a career best 105 points last year while the 21 year old Turgeon had 67 points despite being limited to 53 games last season.

Alexander Mogilny is coming off a rookie season that saw him score 36 goals on the second line but there is a bit of a depth issue up front beyond those four. Randy Cunneyworth, Adam Creighton and Christian Ruutuu are what's left behind Turgeon at centre and the remaining wingers are Benoit Hogue, Wayne Presley and Dave Reid. So far Buffalo has been getting enough secondary scoring from this group but not sure if that will continue.

Defense is Buffalo's strong point led by Phil Housley, who had 94 points last season as a 26 year old, and veteran Reijo Ruotsalainen, who had 66 points. Uwe Krupp and Calle Johansson make a strong second pair and Bill Hajt, despite being 38, has been a very steady stay-at-home Dman.

Andy Moog has been solid in net but if he gets hurt Buffalo is in big trouble as the backups are rookies Darcy Wakaluk and Wade Flaherty.


I think the Sabres have to be the class of the Adams Division and should, barring a surprising upset, have little trouble reaching the conference finals for the next couple of seasons. With Lemieux Pittsburgh is always a challenge but the Penguins have struggled in the post-season to find any offense at all outside of Mario and Kevin Stevens. Rookie Jaromir Jagr and an improving Mark Recchi might change that soon though.

The biggest challenge for anyone coming out of the East is the Calgary Flames. The Flames are loaded with Brett Hull, Theo Fleury, Gary Roberts, Joe Nieuwendyk up front with depth forwards like Joel Otto, Hakan Loob, Paul Ranheim, Perry Berezan and Gino Cavallini also contributing and 19 year old rookie Robert Reichel waiting in the wings. On D you have Al MacInnis, who had 61 points in just 36 games last season, along with Gary Suter. Jamie Macoun, Brian Glynn, Steve Konroyd and Grant Ledyard round out the Calgary blue line. Goalie is the only weak spot for Calgary as Greg Millen and Greg Stefan are barely adequate and both are over 30.

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1990-91

1990-91

OFFSEASON
Craig Ramsay is the lone new inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ramsay played 1305 games with Buffalo and Boston, scoring 418 goals and 1197 points.

Key retirements include Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and Tiger Williams. Robinson played 1329 games for Montreal and finished with 951 points including 191 goals. Gainey also played his entire career with Montreal, scoring 244 goals and 713 points in 1047 games. Robinson won 3 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens while Gainey was on 2 Cup winners. Tiger Williams played 1260 NHL games, all with Toronto and had 288 goals and 598 points to go along with 4253 penalty minutes, which is second all-time behind only Bob Gassoff's 4642 minutes.

New players debuting this season include Jaromir Jagr with Pittsburgh, Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. Sergei Fedorov in Detroit, John LeClair for Montreal and Dominik Hasek in Chicago.

There were no trades of any great significence this off-season.


REGULAR SEASON
The Calgary Flames dominated the NHL, finishing first overall with 129 point and leading the league in goals for (400) while allowing the fewest against (200). Brett Hull led the way for Calgary with 72 goals and 156 points, staying in the thick of the scoring race with Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux all season. Three other teams topped the 100 point mark including Chicago (106), Pittsburgh (104) and Buffalo (103). The Blackhawks had a balanced offense led by an emerging superstar in 21 year old Jeremy Roenick (39-52-91). The Penguins had a healthy Mario Lemieux (72-85-157) play all 80 games for the first time in his career. Pittsburgh also had another big season from Kevin Stevens (55-58-113) plus an impressive debut for 19 year old Jaromir Jagr (16-72-88). Buffalo got another strong year from Pierre Turgeon (42-66-108) and Ray Sheppard (38-46-84) and the Sabres had to withstand injuries to key players Alexander Mogilny, Calle Johansson and Phil Housley.

Wayne Gretzky (58-101-159) won yet another scoring title - his 7th - and surpassed the 600 goal plateau moving ahead of Jean Beliveau and into 7th all time in goals scores. Gretzky also rankes 7th all time in points with 1669 in just 798 career games. However, his Edmonton Oilers continued to decline and fell to third in the Smythe Division behind Calgary and an improving Winnipeg Jets squad.


MILESTONES
Dino Ciccarelli of Minnesota earned his 1200th career point
Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton reached the 1000 assist mark and 600 goal mark
Denis Potvin of the NY Islanders eanred his 1000th assist
Mark Howe of Hartford collected his 900th point
Randy Carlyle of Toronto earned his 900th point
Mike Gartner of Washington earned his 900th point and 500th goal
Tim Kerr of Philadelphia earned his 900th point
Ray Bourque of Boston picked up his 750th assist
Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg scored his 500th goal
Michel Goulet of Quebec scored his 500th goal
Phil Housley of Buffalo earned his 500th assist
Doug Gilmour of St Louis earned his 500th asssit
Gaetan Duchesne of Washington earned his 500th assist
Bernie Nicholls of Los Angeles scored his 400th goal
Brett Hull of Calgary scored his 300th goal
Luc Robitaille of Los Angeles scored his 300th goal

1000 GAMES
Doug Wilson Chicago
Dave Taylor Los Angeles

Boston's Craig Janney had a 5-goal game on November 28th, scoring all of the Bruins goals in a 5-3 win over Edmonton. Larry Murphy of Los Angeles had a 6 assist game in the Kings 7-5 win over Boston on January 17th.



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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Buffalo Sabres		80 47 24  9  103
Montreal Canadiens	80 40 30 10   90
Boston Bruins		80 40 32  8   88
Hartford Whalers	80 31 45  4   66
Quebec Nordiques	80 23 52  5   51

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 48 24  8  104
Washington Capitals 	80 46 28  6   98
New York Islanders	80 43 32  5   91
New York Rangers	80 32 40  8   72
New Jersey Devils	80 24 48  8   56
Philadelphia Flyers	80 20 50 10   50

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Chicago Black Hawks	80 49 23  8  106
Detroit Red Wings 	80 44 27  9   97
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 29 44  7   65
Minnesota North Stars   80 29 47  4   62
St Louis Blues		80 25 48  7   57
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Calgary Flames		80 62 13  5  129
Winnipeg Jets		80 38 36  6   82
Edmonton Oilers		80 35 40  5   75
Los Angeles Kings	80 33 39  8   74
Vancouver Canucks	80 29 45  6   64

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  80 58 101  159
Mario Lemieux		PIT  80 72  85  157
Brett Hull		CGY  80 72  84  156
Theo Fleury		CGY  75 43  88  131
Dale Hawerchuk		WPG  80 44  70  114
Kevin Stevens		PIT  80 55  58  113
Craig Janney		BOS  78 53  60  113
Ray Bourque		BOS  80 30  83  113
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  80 29  83  112
Luc Robitaille		LA   79 51  60  111
Gary Roberts		CGY  80 47  62  109
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  80 42  66  108
Mark Messier		EDM  80 46  59  105
Steve Yzerman		DET  65 44  61  105
Teemu Selanne		WPG  67 50  51  101
Trevor Linden		VAN  80 43  57  100
Joe Sakic		QUE  78 35  65  100
Doug Gilmour		STL  80 41  57   98
Gary Suter		CGY  80 26  70   96
Tim Kerr		PHI  76 43  51   94
Jari Kurri		EDM  79 36  58   94
Gerrard Gallant		DET  80 39  54   93
Ron Francis		HAR  69 31  62   93
Al MacInnis		CGY  76 31  61   92
Greg Adams		STL  80 21  71   92

GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Greg Millen		CGY 42-5-6   2.40   .889
Jon Casey		PIT 39-13-9  2.70   .891
Andy Moog		BUF 38-19-7  3.08   .881
Peter Sidorkiewicz      DET 37-18-8  2.95   .885
Mario Gosselin		NYI 36-19-5  3.13   .884
Clint Malarchuk		WSH 35-24-4  3.17   .893
Tom Barrasso		BOS 31-25-9  3.38   .884
Grant Fuhr		EDM 29-32-6  3.88   .883
Wendell Young		WPG 29-29-6  3.73   .889
PLAYOFFS
The Calgary Flames were the only regular season division winner to advance to the conference finals and the Flames needed the maximum 14 games to get there, winning 7 game series against both Los Angeles and Winnipeg. Injuries played a big role in the playoffs for several teams including the Flames, who won despite the absence of Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Macoun for the entire post-season, as well as Gary Roberts for the final 3 games against Winnipeg. Brett Hull had a dominant start to the playoffs leading all performers with 11 goals and 26 points.

The Buffalo Sabres were also hit by the injury bug. They were without Alex Mogilny and Phil Housley for the entire post-season and then lost scoring leader Pierre Turgeon early in Game One of their preliminary round series with Hartford. Even a 5 goal game from Dave Andreychuk in Game Two of the series was not enough to help the short-staffed Sabres and they fell in 7 to a red hot Ron Francis (10-10-20 through 2 rounds) and the Hartford Whalers.

The Whalers, who had not won a playoff series since 1979-80, suddenly found themselves in the conference finals after they upset the Sabres and the Boston Bruins, both in 7 game series. 4 games in the Boston-Hartford series went to overtime, including Games Six and Seven which were both won by the Whalers.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were again unable to advance past the second round as, after sweeping the Rangers in the first round, they fell in 6 games to the Islanders. Mario Lemieux scored 10 goals in his 10 playoff games but secondary scoring was the Pens downfall once more.

Like Mario, Wayne Gretzky made an early exit from the playoffs as the Oilers fell in the opening round to Winnipeg in 6 games. Gretzky and Mark Messier each had 4 goals and 10 points in that series.

The Detroit Red Wings emerged from the Norris Division with a pair of 5 game series wins - over Toronto and Chicago. Steve Yzerman led the way with 6 goals and 18 points but the big surprise for Detroit was winger Kelly Kisio getting 10 goals in the 10 games.

SEMI-FINALS
Injuries caught up to the Flames in the conference final as Calgary fell to Detroit in 5 games. Steve Yzerman had 2 goals and 2 assists as Detroit took the opener 8-5. Calgary did come back and win Game Two 3-2 thanks to a pair of Joel Otto goals but the Wings won the next three by scores of 5-2, 7-3 and 4-1.

As Hartford fans might expect their series with the Islanders went 7 games just like the previous two rounds for the Whalers. The Whalers scored 5 times in the third period of Game Seven to win by an 8-4 score. Ron Francis had a goal and 4 assists to increase his playoff leading point total to 35. Dirk Graham added 5 assists for the Whalers in the win and the unlikely goal scoring hero was defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, who had a hat trick for Hartford.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
You would be hard pressed to pick a more unlikely team to make the finals than the Hartford Whalers. With only 66 points during the regular season the Whalers may well have posted the worst regular season record of a Cup finalist in history. While Ron Francis was a 2-time league scoring champ and a bonafide star the rest of the team was lacking for big names. The Whalers top playoff scorers beside Francis were Dirk Graham, Mike Heidt, Todd Bergen, Mark Howe, Curtis Leschyshyn, Scott Young, Tony Hand , Dana Murzyn and Marty McSorley. Their goaltender was Frank Pieterangelo but somehow the Whalers made their first appearance in the finals.

The Detroit Red Wings have a much better pedigree and are just 3 years removed from their last Stanley Cup title. Detroit is led in the playoffs by Steve Yzerman (11-17-28) and Gerrard Gallant (4-17-21) with a supporting cast that includes Kelly Kisio, Adam Oates, Murray Craven, Joe Murphy and a pair of budding young star in 21 year olds Sergei Federov and Nicklas Lidstrom.

Most experts are predicting Detroit winning in a rout and Game One did nothing to change that as the Wings claimed a 5-1 victory behind 2 goals from Federov and 3 assists for Yzerman. Detroit did lose Gerrard Gallant for the series with an injury in the game.

Game Two was much tighter and needed overtime but the Wings again prevailed as Adam Oates got the winner while Yzerman had 2 goals and an assist. Petr Klima got the other Detroit goal while Todd Bergen, Dirk Graham and Marty McSorley scored for Hartford.

Game Three also ended 4-3 in Detroit's favour as the Wings take a commanding 3 games to nothing lead in the series. Ron Francis had 2 assists in a losing cause for the Whalers, who got goals from Mark Howe, Bergen and Bobby Holik. Nik Lidstrom, Joe Murphy, Shawn Burr and Mike Ramsey scored for Detroit.

Sergei Federov, Yves Racine and Kelly Kisio get the goals to power Detroit to a 3-1 victory and the Wings 5th Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Steve Yzerman had 2 more assists in the game giving him 36 points in the playoffs, 2 shy of Ron Francis' league leading total.

Yzerman was rewarded with the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, joining Gump Worsley, Jack Stewart and Harry Howell -all 3 Hall of Famers - as the only Red Wings to win the award. Detroit goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz also had a terrific playoff as only Pittsburgh's Jon Casey had a better save percentage and lower goals against average than Sidorkiewicz's 2.54 and .898.
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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Ron Francis		HAR 25 16 22  38
Steve Yzerman		DET 19 13 23  36
Pat LaFontaine		NYI 20 10 24  34
Brett Hull		CGY 19 15 16  31
Dirk Graham		HAR 25  6 21  27
Cam Neely		NYI 20 13 13  26
Theo Fleury		CGY 17  7 19  26
Al MacInnis		CGY 19  8 16  24
Adam Oates		DET 19 10 12  22
Yves Racine		DET 19  7 15  22
Gerrard Gallant		DET 16  5 17  22
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (80GP 72-85-157)

VEZINA TROPHY
: Andy Moog Buffalo (38-19-7, 3.08)

NORRIS TROPHY: Gary Suter Calgary (80GP 26-70-96)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 58-101-159)

CALDER TROPHY: Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh (80GP 16-72-88)


The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Andy Moog	     Buffalo	   Jon Casey	     Pittsburgh      
D   Gary Suter	     Calgary       Phil Housley      Buffalo	
D   Scott Stevens    Washington    Al MacInnis       Calgary	
C   Mario Lemieux    Pittsbugh     Wayne Gretzky     Edmonton      	   
LW  Luc Robitaille   Los Angeles   Gary Roberts      Calgary    	
RW  Brett Hull	     Calgary       Ray Bourque       Boston
and yes Ray Bourque at right wing is correct. The Bruins moved him to forward several seasons ago.
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"A quick glance at Montreal's system shows another young goaltender by the name of Troy Crosby. Word is his yet unborn son might turn out to be the better pro prospect though."

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1991-92

1991-92

OFFSEASON
The Hall of Fame grows by 3 with the induction of Larry Robinson, Ron Greschner and Marcel Dionne. Dionne scored 561 goals and 1410 in his 19 year career with Detroit. Greschner spent most of his 1039 games with the Rangers but played briefly with Edmonton and Los Angeles at the end of his career, recording 1021 points. Longtime Montreal Canadien Robinson had 951 points in 1329 games.

Two great defensemen announced their retirements. Denis Potvin won a Hart, a Norris and a Conn Smythe Trophy in his 18 year career with the Islanders. In 1238 games Potvin had 332 goals and 1337 points. He was a 4 time first-team all-star and won a Stanley Cup in 1979.

Randy Carlyle played 15 seasons and 935 games with Toronto, finishing with 926 points including 259 goals.


New players to watch this season include Pavel Bure in Vancouver, Peter Forsberg to Philadelphia, Eric Lindros in Quebec and Scott Niedermayer to New Jersey.

The NHL expands by one team as the San Jose Sharks are added to the league increasing the total to 22 clubs.

Among the Sharks expansion draft picks are goaltenders Ken Wregget and Chris Terreri along with Shawn Burr from the Cup champion Red Wings. Toughness was obviously an objective when we see names like Mark Tinordi (NYR), Shane Churla (CHI), Garth Butcher (TOR) and Lyle Odelein (MON) selected by the Sharks.


REGULAR SEASON
The defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings enjoyed a strong season, winning the Norris Division and finishing with 120 points, just 1 shy of Calgary for first overall. Steve Yzerman (53-63-116) was his usual dominant self for the Wings but Petr Klima (58-55-113) was a huge surprise, setting a career best in goals and points at the age of 27 after scoring just 16 goals and 28 points in 80 games a year ago. 22 year old Sergei Federov (26-77-103) also had the best season of his young career.

While the Cup champs look poised to defend their title, Detroit's opponent from last season failed to punch a ticket for the playoffs as the Hartford Whalers proved their run a year ago was a fluke by finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference with 56 points. The Buffalo Sabres were again the class of the Adams Division as Pierre Turgeon (35-74-109), Dave Andreychuk (33-68-101) and defenseman Phil Housley (23-74-97) led the way.

Injuries again impacted Mario Lemieux, limiting him to 63 games but Lemieux still scored 50 goals and led the team with 117 points to help the Penguins finish atop the Patrick Division, but just barely as Washington, led by Mike Gartner (47-58-105), was just 1 point back of Pittsburgh.

The Calgary Flames were the top team in the league as their high flying offense just kept on rolling led by Brett Hull (27-83-155) scoring 72 for the second straight season. Edmonton rebounded after a down year to finish second in the Smythe Division with Mark Messier (72-63-135) setting a career high for goals and tying Hull for the league lead while Wayne Gretzky (47-118-165) won his 8th Art Ross Trophy.


MILESTONES
Calgary's Brett Hull had a 29 game point streak which was the longest of the season, although Wayne Gretzky had a pair of 25 game streaks this year. Hull's mark is one longer than his dad Bobby's best streak of 28 straight games with a point established in 1972-73 but it is still a far cry from the NHL record 44 game streak Maurice Richard had in 1943-44

Bryan Trottier of the NY Islnaders scored his 1500th career point
Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg earned his 1200th career point
Jari Kurri of Edmonton earned his 1200th career point and 500th career goal
Joe Mullen of St Louis scored his 500th NHL goal
Mark Messier of Edmonton scored his 500th goal
Glenn Anderson of Toronto scored his 400th NHL goal
Cam Neely of the NY Islanders scored his 400th goal
Brian Bellows of Minnesota scored his 400th goal
Gary Roberts of Calgary scored his 300th goal
Hakan Loob of Calgary scored his 300th goal
Dirk Graham of Hartford scored his 300th goal
Pat Verbeek of Vancouver scored his 300th goal
Troy Murray of Chicago scored his 300th goal
Paul Coffey of Edmonton earned his 750th assist
Al MacInnis of Calgary gets his 500th career assist
Pat LaFontaine of the NY Islanders earns his 500th assist
Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh earned his 500th assist
Rob Ramage of New Jersey earned his 500th assist
Mike Gartner of Washington earned his 500th assist
Steve Larmer of Chicago earned his 500th assist

1250 GAMES
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For the second time in his career Wayne Gretzky enjoyed an 8 point night. The Edmonton Oilers star had 1 goal and 7 assists in the Oilers 10-2 grounding of the Winnipeg Jets on April 13th. His 7 assists are 3 shy of Bobby Clarke's NHL record set with Philadelphia in 1975.
Here is a list of all of the players to record 8 or more points in a single NHL game
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11- Bill Barber 	Philadelphia Feb 7, 1975 (8G 3A)  13-0 win over Min
11- Bobby Clarke 	Philadelphia Feb 7, 1975 (1G 10A)  13-0 win over Min
 9- Yvon Cournoyer 	Montreal vs Oakland 14-1 win  6G 3A  March 5, 1968
 9- Carl Liscombe 	Detroit vs Toronto   9-1 win   6G 3A   playoff game 1943
 9- Tim Kerr 		Philadelphia vs Boston  Feb 4, 1984  11-4 win  7G 2A 
 8- Jean Beliveau 	Montreal vs Pittsburgh  10-2 win 4G 4A  playoff game Apr 22 1969
 8- Pete Mahovlich 	Detroit vs Pittsburgh  9-3 win  4G 4A  Dec 26, 1973
 8- Jean Pronovost 	Boston vs Los Angeles 10-3 W  6G 2A  Dec 14, 1980
 8- Wayne Gretzky  	Edmonton vs Winnipeg  9-2 W  4G 4A  Dec 18, 1984
 8- Ken Linseman 	Philadelphia vs Boston 11-4 W  8A   Feb 4, 1984
 8- Mario Lemieux 	Pittsburgh vs NY Rangers 13-3 W  3G 5A  Dec. 15, 1985
 8  Paul Coffey 	Edmonton vs Quebec  10-3 W  1G 7A   Feb 14, 1986
 8- Mario Lemieux 	Pittsburgh vs Toronto 11-2 W  5G 3A  Nov 10, 1988
 8- Wayne Gretzky 	Edmonton vs Winnipeg 10-2 W  1G  7A  April 13, 1992
Mario Lemieux had a 7 point game (4G 3A) in Pittsburgh's 8-4 win over Minnesota on November 8th. Jaromir Jagr had 5 assists in the same contest.

Calgary's Theo Fleury also had a 7 point game (3G 4A) while teammate Brett Hull had 6 points (3G 3A) in the Flames 11-0 romp over Winnipeg on December 20th.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Buffalo Sabres		80 53 20  7  113
Quebec Nordiques	80 38 35  7   83
Montreal Canadiens	80 35 37  8   78
Boston Bruins		80 29 42  9   67
Hartford Whalers	80 23 47 10   56


PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	80 43 31  6   92
Washington Capitals 	80 44 33  3   91
New Jersey Devils	80 37 35  8   82
New York Islanders	80 37 37  6   80
New York Rangers	80 33 36 11   77
Philadelphia Flyers	80 36 41  3   75

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Detroit Red Wings 	80 59 19  2  120
Chicago Black Hawks	80 48 24  8  104
Minnesota North Stars   80 39 32  9   87
Toronto	Maple Leafs	80 28 44  8   64
St Louis Blues		80 27 48  5   59
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Calgary Flames		80 59 18  3  121
Edmonton Oilers		80 51 23  6  108
Los Angeles Kings	80 29 42  9   67
Vancouver Canucks	80 23 48  9   55
San Jose Sharks		80 18 57  5   41
Winnipeg Jets		80 17 57  6   40

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  80 47 118  165
Brett Hull		CGY  80 72  83  155
Theo Fleury		CGY  77 53  87  140
Mark Messier		EDM  80 72  63  135
Al MacInnis		CGY  78 35  88  123
Jari Kurri		EDM  80 47  75  122
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  78 39  83  122
Mario Lemieux		PIT  65 50  67  117
Steve Yzerman		DET  77 53  63  116
Joe Sakic		QUE  76 38  78  116
Petr Klima		DET  75 58  55  113
Craig Janney		BOS  80 43  70  113
Gary Roberts		CGY  80 48  63  111
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  80 35  74  109
Luc Robitaille		LA   80 49  59  108
Jeremy Roenick		CHI  73 48  57  105
Mike Gartner		WSH  80 47  58  105
Sergei Federov		DET  80 26  77  103
Dave Gagner		NYR  80 44  58  102
Tim Kerr		PHI  80 44  58  102
Paul Coffey		EDM  80 25  77  102
Joe Mullen		StL  80 51  50  101
Rick Tocchet		PHI  80 39  62  101
Dave Andreychuk		BUF  78 33  68  101


GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Greg Millen		CGY 46-13-4  2.64   .886
Andy Moog		BUF 43-18-6  3.03   .886
Peter Sidorkiewicz      DET 43-16-3  2.73   .889
Grant Fuhr		EDM 40-17-5  2.76   .896
Clint Malarchuk		WSH 32-24-2  3.26   .889
Jon Casey		PIT 31-26-4  3.47   .877
Dominik Hasek		CHI 31-12-7  2.48   .906
Patrick Roy		MON 30-31-7  3.25   .889
Pete Peeters		PHI 28-27-3  3.64   .887
John Vanbiesbrouck      NYR 28-26-11 3.27   .885
PLAYOFFS
Buffalo had an easy trip through the Adams Division as the Sabres swept Boston in 4 and followed that up with a sweep of the Quebec Nordiques to reach the Conference Finals. The Montreal-Quebec opening round series was an exciting series as the Nordiques overcame a 3 games to one deficit to eliminate the Habs in seven.

Pittsburgh advanced from the Patrick Division led by 21 points from Mario Lemieux in 13 games. Both opening round series went 7 games with the Pens topping the Islanders and Washington beating a pesky New Jersey Devils club. Pittsburgh eliminated the Caps in 6.

In the Norris Division it was Detroit and Chicago meeting with a berth in the Western Conference Finals on the line for the second straight season. The Hawks prevailed this time, knocking off the defending Cup champions in 5 games despite a terrific playoff run from Wings captain Steve Yzerman, who had 7 goals and 20 points in 9 games. The Hawks got 18 points each from Jeremy Roenick and Steve Larmer over 11 games in the first two rounds but the real difference was the goaltending of Dominik Hasek in the Chicago net.

The Smythe Division featured a tremendous battle between Calgary and Edmonton. The Flames swept Vancouver in the opening round while the Oilers survived a scare from Los Angeles, finally eliminating the Kings in a Game Seven blowout, winning 10-2 thanks to a 4 goal night from Esa Tikkanen to set up another big series between the two Alberta rivals. Home ice proved the difference as the home side won each of the 7 games in the series with Calgary taking the deciding contest 4-1 thanks to a 26 save effort from Greg Stefan and a pair of Brett Hull goals. After the first two rounds Hull had 11 goals and 19 points in 11 playoff games. Wayne Gretzky's postseason came to an end after 20 points in 14 games.

CONFERENCE FINALS
The two conference finals were each tied at 2 wins apiece after 4 games but then Buffalo and Calgary took charge. The Sabres won Game Five at home over Pittsburgh 9-4 as Phil Housley, a 2-time Conn Smythe Trophy winner, had 6 assists in the game. Buffalo wrapped up the series on the road two nights later with a 3-2 victory thanks to a pair of third period goals from Ray Sheppard. The loss ended a strong playoff run for 20 year old Jaromir Jagr, who had 16 goals and 22 points in 19 games for the Penguins.

Calgary took Game Six over Chicago 2-1 thanks to a third period goal from Brett Hull and then clinched the series with a 7-3 win two nights later as Hull scored 3 more times to give him 18 in the post-season.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Buffalo Sabres make their third trip in 4 years to the Stanley Cup finals. The Sabres were successful on both previous occassions as they beat Chicago in 1989 and Calgary the following year. This will be the Flames second trip to the finals.

The Sabres will face a big challenge trying to keep up with the Flames offense, but it will be even tougher without scoring leader Pierre Turgeon, who is out for at least the first game with an injury suffered in the conference finals. Turgeon has 21 points in 13 playoff games this year.

Calgary has injuries of it's own to contend with as defenseman Gary Suter, a 2-time Norris Trophy winner, has missed all but 14 games this season with a concussion and is definately out for the entire playoff. Joel Otto, a checking forward, has a hip injury and will miss at least the first couple of games of the finals. That shouldn't hurt Calgary too much as his assignment would almost certainly have been to cover Pierre Turgeon.

Goalies Greg Millen of Calgary and Andy Moog of Buffalo could sue for lack of support in Game One, a contest that saw the two teams combine for 74 shots and 13 goals in an 8-5 Calgary victory. Brett Hull and Gary Roberts each scored twice for the Flames with Al MacInnis earning 3 assists. Ray Sheppard had 2 for the Sabres.

Brett Hull scored 3 more goals giving him 23 in the post-season as Calgary claimed a 4-3 victory in Game Two and now returns home to the Saddledome with a 2-0 series lead. Theo Fleury assisted on all 3 of Hull's goals. Hull is now 1 shy of tying Buffalo's Ray Sheppard for the single season playoff goal record of 24 set in 1988-89. Robert Reichel had the other Calgary goal while Buffalo's scoring came from Alexander Mogilny, who also had 2 assists, Phil Housley and Sheppard.

Calgary claims a dominant 7-2 victory to go up three games to none in the series. Hull gets another goal to tie Sheppard's record and adds two assists but the real star for the Flames is Theo Fleury, who scores 3 and has 3 assists. Gary Roberts, with 2 goals and Joe Nieuwendyk round out the Calgary scoring. Dave Reid and Stan Smyl score for Buffalo, who is still without the injured Pierre Turgeon.

Turgeon returns for Game Four but he has little impact as Calgary completes the sweep and wins their first Stanley Cup with a 5-0 victory in Game Four. 20 year old Robert Reichel has 2 goals and an assist for the Flames with Theo Fleury getting 2 more points, giving him 15 points in the 4 Stanley Cup final games. Greg Millen made 24 saves for the shutout. A very small consolation for Sabres fans is Brett Hull does not score so he will share the playoff record for goals in a season of 24 with Ray Sheppard.

Fleury's 15 points in 4 games give him a playoff leading 40 points (10-30-40) and earn him the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Brett Hull finishes second in playoff scoring with 35 points while Buffalo's Phil Housley (6-24-30) rounds out the top three.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Theo Fleury		CGY 21 10 30  40
Brett Hull		CGY 21 24 11  35
Phil Housley		BUF 18  6 24  30
Mario Lemieux		PIT 19  9 20  29
Alexander Mogilny	BUF 18 12 16  28
Jeremy Roenick		CHI 17 11 15  26
Ray Sheppard		BUF 18 15 10  25
Gary Roberts		CGY 21 12 12  24
Joe Nieuwendyk		CGY 21  9 15  24
Steve Larmer		CHI 17 12 11  23
Jaromir Jagr		PIT 19 16  6  22
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 47-118-165)

VEZINA TROPHY: Peter Sidorkiewicz Detroit (43-16-3, 2.73)

NORRIS TROPHY: Al MacInnis Calgary (78GP 35-88-123)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Wayne Gretzky Edmonton (80GP 47-118-165)

CALDER TROPHY: Rob Zamuner NY Rangers (80GP 16-42-58)

Have to question the choice of Zamuner as either Ray Whitney (18-36-54) of San Jose or Eric Lindros (24-28-52) in Quebec should deserve consideration. Especially Whitney who played a key role on a bad expansion team and was second to Darren Turcotte in team scoring. But then I would also give the Vezina to Hasek over Sidorkiewicz as well. Not bad choices by the game but I would vote differently, but I guess that's what my all-star team is for.



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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Dominik Hasek    Chicago	   Peter Sidorkiewicz Detroit    
D   Paul Coffey      Edmonton      Phil Housley       Buffalo	
D   Al MacInnis      Calgary	   Scott Stevens      Washington    
C   Wayne Gretzky    Edmonton      Mario Lemieux      Pittsbugh         	   
LW  Mark Messier     Edmonton      Gary Roberts       Calgary    	
RW  Brett Hull	     Calgary       Jari Kurri	      Edmonton
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1992-93

OFFSEASON
Hard to beat this Hall of Fame class as Guy Lafleur, Gilbert Perreault and Denis Potvin are admitted. Lafleur had 813 career goals, third all-time, and 1983 points, also third most in history, in his 19 seasons with Montreal, winning 3 Stanley Cups. Perreault played 19 seasons with Buffalo and scored 524 goals and 1731 career points, hanging around just long enough to get his name on the Cup in the Sabres first win. Potvin won 1 Cup in his 18 seasons with the Islanders, playing 1238 games and notching 1337 career points.

Not a lot of big names retire but several good players like Buffalo's Bill Hajt calls it quits after 21 years and 1412 games for the Sabres. He had 699 career points but was best known for being a steady defensive presence on the Buffalo blueline and helped the club win 2 Stanley Cups.

The big news this off-season is more expansion as the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning enter the league. After the expansion draft neither club looks like it will inspire fear in it's opponents. Of the two I would say Ottawa is a little better off thanks to the Sens selection of 25 year old rookie goaltender Mike Richter, who failed to crack the Rangers roster, in the expansion draft. Other Ottawa players include Charlie Huddy and Tom Kurvers on defense with Joey Kocur, Tom Chorkse and Sergei Nemchinov as the big names up front but also keep an eye on rookie Alexei Yashin.

Tampa Bay gets veteran goaltender Mike Liut from Boston in the expansion draft. On defense the Lightning have Neil Wilkinson, Randy Moller and Dmitri Mironov with the forward core led by Christian Ruuttu, Wayne Presley, Gary Valk and Phil Bourque. 18 year old Roman Hamrlik represents the future of the organization and they also have Wayne Gretzky's brother Brent.

REGULAR SEASON
Mario Lemieux played the entire season for just the second time in his career and the result was his second Art Ross Trophy as Lemieux led the NHL with 175 points, which is the third most every record. Lemieux was only surpassed by Wayne Gretzky's 181 in 1987-88 and 179 in 1983-84. As for Gretzky, he played in 76 of the 84 games and recorded 135 points. That total is a dream season for 99% of the players in the league but for Gretzky it represented the lowest total of his career since getting 51 points in an injury riddled rookie season that saw him only play 29 games. At the age of 31 and with the Oilers team on the decline there are rumblings that Gretzky himself maybe dropping from God-like status to being just a mere superstar.

Lemieux's Penguins led the Eastern Conference with 126 points, 4 more than Adams Division champion Buffalo. In the West the Calgary Flames once more dominated the Smythe Division with 136 points, finishing 49 points ahead of second place Edmonton. The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings waged battle all season in the Norris Division with the Hawks eventually claiming top spot thanks to the league's best goaltender in Dominik Hasek.


MILESTONES
Mark Messier of Edmonton earned his 1200th point
Ray Bourque of Boston earned his 1200th point and 300th goal
Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh scored his 500th goal
Steve Larmer of Chicago scored his 400th goal
Steve Yzerman of Detroit scored his 400th goal
Denis Savard of Chicago scored his 400th goal
Dave Taylor of Los Angeles scored his 400th goal
Kevin Stevens of Pittsburgh scored his 300th goal
Neal Broten of Minnesota scored his 300th goal and 750th assist
Pat LaFontaine of NY Islanders scored his 300th goal
Stan Smyl of Buffalo scored his 300th goal
Gaetan Duchesne of Washington scored his 300th goal
Dale Hunter of Quebec scored his 300th goal
Doug Gilmour of St Louis scored his 300th goal
Paul Coffey of Edmonton scored his 300th goal
Ron Francis of Hartford earned his 750th assist
Dirk Graham of Hartford earned his 500th assist
Brett Hull of Calgary earned his 500th assist
Guy Carbonneau of Montreal earned his 500th assist
Michel Goulet of Quebec earned his 500th assist
Glenn Anderson of Toronto earned his 500th assist
Brian Sutter of St Louis earned his 500th assist

1000 GAMES
Mark Howe Hartford
Dale Hunter Quebec
Stan Smyl Buffalo
Ray Bourque Boston
Jim Peplinski Washington
Brad McCrimmon Boston
Glenn Anderson Toronto
Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota
Dave Christian Winnipeg
Michel Goulet Quebec
Rob Ramage New Jersey
Troy Murray Chicago
Kevin Lowe Edmonton
Dirk Graham Hartford
Dave Babych Winnipeg
Mike Ramsay Detroit
Mark Messier Edmonton
Joe Mullen St Louis
Brent Sutter Los Angeles
Ken Linseman Philadelphia
Paul Coffey Edmonton


Mikael Renberg had a 6 goal game for the Flyers in a 9-5 win over Tampa on April 2nd. Renberg also had an assist in the same game. The single game record is 8 goals in a game set by former Flyer Bill Barber in 1975.

Brett Hull of Calgary had a 7 point night (5G 2A) in a 12-2 win over Hartford on November 10th. Boston's Craig Janney had 7 points (2G 5A) in an 8-1 win over Ottawa on December 9th. Vince Damphousse of Toronto had a 5 goal game in the Leafs 6-1 win over St Louis on January 18th.

Greg Adams of St Louis had a 7 point game (1G 6A) in the Blues 8-1 win over Los Angeles on February 24th. Gary Suter of the Flames had a 7 point night (2G 5A) in an 8-2 win over St Louis on March 23rd.

Kevin Stevens of Pittsburgh had a 31 game point streak, longest of the season and 6th longest all time. Wayne Gretzky had a 26 game streak, Brett Hull a streak of 23 games and Mario Lemieux had a 22 gamer.



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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ADAMS DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Buffalo Sabres		84 57 19  8  122
Quebec Nordiques	84 55 25  4  113
Boston Bruins		84 50 28  6  106
Montreal Canadiens	84 33 42  9   75
Hartford Whalers	84 32 42 10   74
Ottawa Senators		84 12 69  3   27

PATRICK DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Pittsburgh Penguins	84 58 16 10  126
New York Rangers	84 42 39  3   87
Philadelphia Flyers	84 37 39  8   82
New York Islanders	84 34 41  9   77
Washington Capitals 	84 33 43  8   74
New Jersey Devils	84 27 49  8   62

NORRIS DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Chicago Black Hawks	84 62 16  6  130
Detroit Red Wings 	84 61 21  2  124
Minnesota North Stars   84 49 27  8  106
Toronto	Maple Leafs	84 19 61  4   68
St Louis Blues		84 19 61  4   42
Tampa Bay Lightning	84  6 75  3   15
   
SMYTHE DIVISION	    	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Calgary Flames		84 64 12  8  136
Edmonton Oilers		84 39 36  9   87
Los Angeles Kings	84 39 41  4   82
Vancouver Canucks	84 35 45  4   74
San Jose Sharks		84 32 47  5   69
Winnipeg Jets		84 25 52  7   57

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mario Lemieux		PIT  84 69 106  175
Steve Yzerman		DET  84 68  99  167
Joe Sakic		QUE  84 57 102  159
Brett Hull		CGY  83 75  80  155
Theo Fleury		CGY  84 60  94  154
Jeremy Roenick		CHI  81 65  88  153
Mike Modano		MIN  84 56  90  146
Luc Robitaille		LA   84 67  72  139
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  76 32 103  135
Sergei Federov		DET  84 44  88  132
Craig Janney		BOS  83 50  78  128
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  84 43  82  125
Al MacInnis		CGY  76 36  89  125
Mark Messier		EDM  84 58  66  124
Dino Ciccarelli		MIN  84 50  74  124
Petr Klima		DET  83 61  62  123
Jeff Brown		QUE  84 33  86  119
Trevor Linden		VAN  84 49  67  116
Brendan Shanahan	NJ   84 60  54  114
Brian Bellows		MIN  84 54  60  114

GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Greg Millen		CGY 49-8-4   2.69   .872
Andy Moog		BUF 46-15-6  2.69   .877
Dominik Hasek		CHI 45-13-5  2.33   .904
Peter Sidorkiewicz	DET 45-17-2  2.98   .881
Jon Casey		PIY 44-13-10 2.88   .882
Don Beaupre		MIN 42-17-8  3.30   .877
Ron Tugnutt		QUE 42-17-7  2.71   .889
Tom Barrasso		BOS 37-21-6  3.31   .880
John Vanbiesbrouck      NYR 31-28-2  3.65   .864
PLAYOFFS
Entering the playoffs the Calgary Flames were heavy favourites to repeat as Stanley Cup champions but that changed in Game 3 of their opening round series with Vancouver when Brett Hull broke his elbow. Hull, who scored a league leading 75 goals this season and has 36 goals in 40 playoff games over the past two seasons, would not be missed in the opening round as the Flames breezed past Vancouver in 4 straight games but the same could not be said for the second round. The Edmonton Oilers, who had repeatedly been stymied by the Flames over the past half a dozen seasons, got their revenge by upsetting the Cup champs in 5 games. Wayne Gretzky led the way with 8 points in the series while Mark Messier had goals in each of the 4 Edmonton victories while veteran goaltender Grant Fuhr was terrific through the first two rounds, leading the playoffs with a .913 save percentage.

The Oilers will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals after Chicago beat Detroit in a 7 game series. The Hawks swept Toronto in the opening round while Detroit ousted Minnesota in 6 games. Jeremey Roenick was the star of the first two rounds for Chicago, picking up 23 points in 11 games.

Buffalo needed just 8 games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals as the Sabres swept first Montreal and then Boston. Phil Housley was his usual dominant self in the opening two rounds, leading the team with 21 points in 8 games while winger Ray Sheppard had 9 goals.

Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux was the leading scorer in the post-season through two rounds with 25 points, including 12 goals through 11 games. The Penguins advanced to face Buffalo by beating the Islanders 4 straight and then topping Philadelphia in a 7 game series.

CONFERENCE FINALS
Any hopes of a Lemieux-Gretzky Stanly Cup Final, which happened once before in 1987 when the Oilers won, were dashed quickly by the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres built a 3-0 series lead on Pittsburgh and eventually prevailed in 5 games. The loss was certainly not Mario's fault as he had 6 goals and 12 points in the five game series.

Edmonton did it's part beating Chicago in 6 games as Mark Messier had 13 points in the series and Wayne Gretzky added 12 while Grant Fuhr outduelled Dominik Hasek in net.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
Wayne Gretzky's gang made it's 4th trip to the Stanley Cup Finals but it's first in 6 years. Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and Mark Messier were all still stars but were beginning to age so this just might be their last shot at a 4th Cup.

For the Buffalo Sabres it would be their fourth trip in 5 years to the Finals but there first meeting with the Oilers. Edmonton cast-off Andy Moog was having a strong playoff in the Buffalo net and defenseman Phil Housley, with 28 points in 13 games, seemed to be poised to win his third Conn Smythe Trophy. Ray Sheppard (13-10-23), Pierre Turgeon (7-16-23) and Dave Andreychuk (5-16-21) were all healthy and could rival any trio the Oilers could put on the ice.

The series opened in Buffalo but it was the visiting Oilers who struck first with a 4-1 victory. Wayne Gretzky scored twice and assisted on Geoff Smith's goal with Esa Tikkanen getting the final Edmonton tally. Dave Reid was the lone Sabre to score.

Game Two went to overtime but the Oilers won 5-4 thanks to a shorthanded goal from Jari Kurri just over 3 minutes into the extra session. Messier had 2 assists in the game. Gretzky, Tikkanen, Jason Lafreniere and rookie Keith Tkachuk had the other Oilers goals. Mogilny, Andreychuk, Dave Reid and Calle Johansson replied for Buffalo.

The series shifted to Edmonton but again the visiting team as the Sabres cut the Oilers lead to 2 games to one with a 5-4 win in Game Three. Mikael Andersson scored twice for Buffalo with Sheppard, Turgeon and Dave Reid scoring the others. Coffey, Brent Fedyk, Messier and Geoff Smith has the Edmonton goals.

Buffalo gets three third period goals including a pair from defenseman Rob Zettler and rallies for a 6-4 victory in Game Four to even the series. Phil Housley had 3 assists. Mogilny, Sheppard, Adam Creighton and Benoit Hogue also scored for Buffalo while Messier, Tikkanen, Martin Gelinas and John Kordic were the Edmonton goal scorers.

Just an amazing show from Phil Housley in Game Five as the Sabres defenseman had 6 assists to lead Buffalo to a 7-3 victory in Game Five, the first win of the series for the home team. Ray Sheppard, Dave Andreychuk, Pierre Turgeon, Calle Johansson, Benoit Hogue, Alexander Mogilny and Mikael Andersson were the Buffalo scorers. Edmonton got goals from Jari Kurri, Brent Fedyk and Mark Messier.

Game Six goes to overtime and guess who the hero is???- Phil Housley, who gets the series winner on an assist from Dave Reid. Housley also had 3 assists in the game. Adam Creighton, Dave Reid, Ray Sheppard and Pierre Turgeon also scored for Buffalo as the Sabres rallied from a 2 games to none deficit to win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.

3 Cups for the Sabres and 3 Conn Smythe Trophy's for Housley as the Buffalo defenseman had a goal and 14 assists in the 6 game series to give him a playoff leading 43 points.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Phil Housley		BUF 19  8 35  43
Mark Messier		EDM 22 21 18  39
Mario Lemieux		PIT 16 18 19  37
Wayne Gretzky		EDM 22 11 26  37
Jeremy Roenick		CHI 17 13 19  32
Ray Sheppard		BUF 19 17 13  30
Pierre Turgeon		BUF 19 10 20  30
Paul Coffey		EDM 22  5 24  29
Dave Reid		BUF 19 11 15  26
Jari Kurri		EDM 22  8 18  26
Dave Andreychuk		BUF 19  7 19  26
Jaromir Jagr		PIT 16 10 14  24
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (84GP 69-106-175)

VEZINA TROPHY: Dominik Hasek Chicago (45-13-5, 2.33)

NORRIS TROPHY
: Al MacInnis Calgary (76GP 36-89-125)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (84GP 69-106-175)

CALDER TROPHY: John LeClair Montreal (84GP 38-41-79)

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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Dominik Hasek    Chicago	   Andy Moog	      Buffalo    
D   Phil Housley     Buffalo	   Jeff Brown	      Quebec
D   Al MacInnis      Calgary	   Brian Leetch       NY Rangers    
C   Mario Lemieux    Pittsbugh     Steve Yzerman      Detroit  	   
LW  Luc Robitaille   Los Angeles   Mark Messier       Edmonton       	
RW  Brett Hull	     Calgary       Sergei Federov     Detroit
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1993-94

OFFSEASON
The big retirement news this off-season was the decision of Bryan Trottier to end his career at the age of 36 after 18 seasons with the New York Islanders. Trottier had 1575 points in 1342 career games including 466 goals. Overshadowed by Gretzky and Lemieux at center he did manage to make the first all-star team once in his career. He also won a Cup in 1979, the only one the Islanders claimed.


More expansion as the Florida Panthers and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim join the league while the Minnesota North Stars pack up and head south to Dallas. Goaltending won't be an issue for the expansion clubs as the Ducks got Ed Belfour from Chicago, a 28 year old who was Dominik Hasek's backup while Florida selected Kirk McLean from New Jersey and Bill Ranford from Boston in the expansion draft. McLean was expendable with Sean Burke and 21 year old rookie Martin Brodeur with the Devils.

Other expansion picks for Anaheim include former Red Wing Kelly Kisio, veteran defenseman Craig Ludwig and winger Dixon Ward from Montreal as well as forward Mikael Andersson from the Cup winning Sabres. Florida selected defenseman Petr Svoboda from Montreal, veteran Craig MacTavish from Boston and underachieving centre Adam Creighton from Buffalo.

Highly touted rookie Alexander Daigle joins Ottawa while Saku Koivu arrives in Montreal and Paul Kariya's career begins in Anaheim.

REGULAR SEASON
Despite dropping to fourth in the scoring race this season Wayne Gretzky continued his quick ascent up the NHL's all-time leaderboard. The Great One moved to within 32 points of Stan Mikita's all-time points record of 2129 and he did so in 424 less games. Gretzky also moved pass the 700 goal mark, becoming just the 4th player in history to score that many. He finished the season with 40 goals, giving him 721 for his career. Bobby Hull is the all-time leader with 884, followed by Jean Ratelle at 856 and Guy Lafleur at 813.

With the addition of Florida and Anaheim the league had some minor reallignment to it's divisions. Pittsburgh joined Buffalo in the Northeast Division but even with the extra competition the defending champion Sabres finished with the best record in the conference and tied with Calgary for the most points in the league.

The big surprise team this season was the expansion Ducks, who shocked the league by making the playoffs in their inagural year. Goaltender Ed Belfour who 32 games and finished with a 2.80 goals against average to be the key reason for the Ducks success. Former Hab Dixon Ward led the team with 40 goals and 76 points while his linemates Greg Adams (29-39-68) and Kelly Kisio (20-36-56) also had strong seasons. Rookie Paul Kariya had 31 points through 40 games before a fractured jaw cut his season short.

MILESTONES
Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton scored his 700th goal
Mike Gartner of Washington scored his 600th goal
Mark Messier of Edmonton scored his 600th goal and 750th assist
Bernie Nicholls of Los Angeles scored his 500th goal
Ron Francis of Hartford scored his 500th goal
Brett Hull of Calgary scored his 500th goal
Brian Bellows of Minnesota scored his 500th goal
Dave Andreychuk of Buffalo scored his 400th goal
Gary Roberts of Calgary scored his 400th goal and 500th assist
Ray Sheppard of Buffalo scored his 300th goal
Brent Sutter of Los Angeles scored his 300th goal
Craig Janney of Boston scored his 300th goal
Thomas Steen of Winnipeg scored his 300th goal
Theo Fleury of Calgary scored his 300th goal
John MacLean of New Jersey scored his 300th goal
Gary Suter of Calgary recorded his 500th assist
Kevin Stevens of Pittsburgh recorded his 500th assist
Joe Sakic of Quebec recorded his 500th assist

1250 GAMES
Doug Wilson Chicago

1000 GAMES
Brad Marsh Pittsburgh
Rod Langway Montreal
Mike Gartner Washington
Reijo Ruotsalainen Buffalo
Jari Kurri Edmonton
Brent Ashton Vancouver
Denis Savard Chicago
Neal Broten Dallas
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton
Brian Propp Philadelphia
Bernie Nicholls Los Angeles
Dave Hannan San Jose
Larry Murphy Los Angeles
Gord Donnelly St Louis
Normand Rochefort Quebec
Chris Chelois Montreal
Steve Larmer Chicago


Karl Dykhuis of the Chicago Blackhawks set an NHL record for goals in a game by a defenseman when he scored all 6 of his teams goals in a 6-3 victory over the Leafs in Toronto on October 27th. Dykhuis, a 21 year old second year pro would finish the season with 17 goals. The previous record was 5 set by Jack Stewart of Detroit in a 1948 playoff game and equalled by Rick Green of Washington in 1983. Later in this season, Buffalo's Phil Housley had a 5 goal game in a win over the Rangers.

Mario Lemieux had a 5 goal, 7 point night in the Penguins 10-5 win over Tampa Bay on October 13th. Linemate Kevin Stevens had 6 assists in the game. Lemieux would have another 7 point night (3G 4A) on January 2nd in a 13-3 lambasting of Ottawa. Luc Robitaille of the Kings also had a 5 goal, 7 point night in a 9-4 win over Vancouver on November 9th. Calgary's Theo Fleury had a 7 point game (2G 5A) in a 9-1 win over Los Angeles on January 23rd.

The longest point streak of the season belonged to Vancouver's Trevor Linden, who finished the regular season with points in the final 24 games. The 24 year old Linden ended the year with a career best in both goals (49) and points (116).


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ATLANTIC DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	84 52 27  5  109
New Jersey Devils	84 47 28  9  103
New York Islanders	84 46 31  7   99
Washington Capitals 	84 43 34  7   93
Philadelphia Flyers	84 34 47  3   71
Florida Panthers	84 20 57  7   47
Tampa Bay Lightning	84  6 74  4   16

NORTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Buffalo Sabres		84 58 22  4  120
Quebec Nordiques	84 55 24  5  115
Pittsburgh Penguins	84 49 23 12  110
Montreal Canadiens	84 41 35  8   90
Boston Bruins		84 37 34 13   87
Hartford Whalers	84 37 42  5   79
Ottawa Senators		84 16 63  5   37

CENTRAL DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Chicago Black Hawks	84 49 26  9  107
Detroit Red Wings 	84 50 32  2  102
Dallas Stars  	 	84 41 36  7   89
Toronto	Maple Leafs	84 31 44  9   71
Winnipeg Jets		84 26 53  5   57
St Louis Blues		84 20 62  2   42
   
PACIFIC DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Calgary Flames		84 58 22  4  120
Edmonton Oilers		84 47 27 10  104
Anaheim Mighty Ducks    84 39 36  9   87
Vancouver Canucks	84 40 39  5   85
Los Angeles Kings	84 39 41  4   82
San Jose Sharks		84 29 51  4   62

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mario Lemieux		PIT  74 55  88  143
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  84 66  71  137
Joe Sakic		QUE  84 46  85  131
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  84 40  88  128
Jeremey Roenick		CHI  84 56  68  124
Theo Fleury		CGY  68 43  80  123
Ray Sheppard		BUF  84 67  52  119
Trevor Linden		VAN  84 41  73  114
Brendan Shanahan	NJ   84 55  58  113
Phil Housley		BUF  84 35  75  110
Petr Klima		DET  84 53  56  109
Craig Janney		BOS  84 39  69  108
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  80 38  70  108
Gary Suter		CGY  73 31  70  101
Al MacInnis		CGY  68 33  67  100
Ron Francis		HAR  78 39  60   99
Mike Modane		DAL  70 37  62   99
Kevin Stevens		PIT  82 27  71   98
Adam Oates		DET  84 24  74   98
Teemu Selanne		WPG  84 52  45   97
Joe Mullen		STL  84 42  54   96
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  84 34  62   96
Brian Leetch		NYR  84 21  75   96

GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Andy Moog		BUF 45-15-4   2.30   .892
Ron Tugnutt		QUE 45-18-4   2.62   .893
Dominik Hasek		CHI 44-17-11  2.54   .894
John Vanbiesbrouck      NYR 42-20-4   2.61   .899
Grant Fuhr		EDM 40-21-7   2.78   .889
Jon Casey		PIT 37-17-10  2.86   .887
Mike Liut		CGY 36-19-3   2.77   .885
Sean Burke		NJ  34-22-8   2.93   .888
Clint Malarchuk		WSH 34-27-7   2.87   .894
Frank Pietrangelo       HAR 33-28-7   3.17   .896
PLAYOFFS
A slight change to the playoff format this year as they go to seeding within the conference rather than strictly matchups within your division for the first two rounds.

In the Eastern Conference the number one seed and defending Stanley Cup champion Buffalo Sabres eliminated long-time division rival Montreal in 5 games. Ray Sheppard scored 5 goals in the series while Dave Reid led the Sabres with 8 points. Buffalo will face New Jersey in the next round after the Devils swept Pittsburgh in 4 straight games. Brendan Shanahan led the Devils with 8 points in the series while the Penguins only got a single goal from Mario Lemieux, although Lemieux did miss the first two games of the series recovering from a late season injury.

The Quebec Nordiques beat the New York Islanders in 5 games and will face the New York Rangers in the second round. The Rangers needed the full seven games to dispose of Washington.

Brett Hull, who missed most of last seasons playoffs with an injury, had 6 goals and 11 points to lead the Calgary Flames to a series victory over Los Angeles in 6 games. The Flames will meet the Dallas Stars, who eliminated Detroit in 5 games, in the next round. The other Western Conference semi-final will feature Edmonton against Chicago. The Blackhawks eliminated Vancouver in 5 games while the Oilers went the full seven before knocking out expansion newcomer Anaheim.

Hull kept on rolling in the second round, scoring 6 more goals and 13 points as Calgary advanced to the Western Conference final by elminating Dallas in 5 games. Chicago also moved on with a win in 5 games over Edmonton as the Oilers were without Mark Messier for the entire series.

Ron Tugnutt proved the difference as Quebec swept the New York Rangers in 4 games. The Nordiques goaltender had a .921 save percentage in the series, while allowing just 5 Rangers goals. Owen Nolan of Quebec outscored the entire Ranger team with 7 goals of his own in the series.

The Nordiques will meet New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Final after the Devils upset Buffalo in 7 games. Brendan Shanahan and John MacLean each have 8 playoff goals for the Devils in 11 games while Sean Burke was solid in the New Jersey net. Ray Sheppard's 11 playoff goals and 13 points in 12 games for Phil Housley were not enough to help the Sabres advance.

CONFERENCE FINALS
The Western Conference Finals features two teams that have advanced this far in the playoffs on many occasions in Chicago and Calgary. The Eastern Conference, on the other hand, has Quebec and New Jersey. The Nordiques have never reached the conference finals while the Devils franchise had never even won a playoff series while based in New Jersey prior to this year.

The Nordiques won the first two games of the Eastern Final on the road, including a 5-4 overtime win in Game One. Sean Burke had a solid 34 save effort in Game Three to help the Devils to a 3-1 victory but Quebec wrapped up the series with wins by the score of 6-5 and 6-2 to clinch their first Stanley Cup Final appearance.

Calgary took the opener of the Western Final by a 4-2 score but Chicago responded with a 5-3 victory in Game Two to even the series. Brett Hull's 2 goals in Game Three gave the Flames a 4-3 win on the road and Al MacInnis had a 4 point night to help Calgary take the fourth game by an 8-2 score. Trailing 3 games to one and heading back to Calgary for Game Five the Blackhawks needed a big game from goaltender Dominik Hasek and they got it as Hasek shut out the Flames 4-0 on a 24 save performance.

Jeremy Roenick had 2 goals and an assist in Game Six as the Hawks evened the series with a 5-3 victory at the Chicago Stadium to force a seventh game. Game Seven was all Calgary as the Flames outshot Chicago 42-18 and chased Dominik Hasek with a 6-2 pounding of the Blackhawks. Gary Roberts scored twice in the win while Joe Nieuwendyk had 3 assists.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Calgary Flames make their third appearance in the finals in 5 years with their lone Cup win coming two years ago over Buffalo. Quebec has never made it to the Stanley Cup finals prior to this year.

With the exception of 23 year old forward Mats Sundin, who has only played 6 playoff games this season due to a back injury, the Nordiques are healthy for the finals. Joe Sakic leads the team with 25 points including 9 goals in the post-season while Owen Nolan's 13 playoff goals lead the club in that category. Ron Tugnutt has been very good in net.

The only injured Flame is fourth line winger Scott Pearson, who had just 3 assists in 17 playoff games prior to being hurt in the conference finals. Bret Hull leads the the league in goals (15) and points (33) this playoff. Theo Fleury (10-20-30), Gary Roberts (11-10-21), Robert Reichel (11-6-17) and Al MacInnis (8-11-19) are the other leading scorers for Calgary.

Joe Sakic earns four assists as Quebec takes the series opener at home by a 6-4 score. Owen Nolan had 2 for the Nordiques with Jeff Brown, Dale Hunter, Adam Foote and Normand Rochefort also scoring. Al MacInnis was in on all the Calgary scoring with a goal and 3 helpers. Fleury, Roberts and Nieuwendyk had the other Calgary goals. Mike Liut started in net for Calgary but was replaced by Greg Millen after allowing 4 goals on 16 shots in the first period.

Another big night for Sakic as he scores once and adds two assists to help the Nordiques take Game Two 5-1. Mats Sundin returned from his injury and scored twice while Owen Nolan and Valeri Kamensky had the other Quebec goals. German Titov was the only Flame to beat Ron Tugnutt, who made 32 saves in the win. Liut played the whole game in the Calgary net but was awful, allowing 5 goals on 15 shots.

Sakic is the star again as he scores with 2:16 remaining in regulation to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Quebec Nordiques to a 3-2 victory in Game Three. Sakic also assisted on Owen Nolan's second period goal. Mike Eagles had the third Quebec goal while Titov and Theo Fleury scored for Calgary. The Flames again outshot the Nordiques, this time by a 35-27 margin. Greg Millen got the start for Calgary over Liut.

About the last thing I expected from this series was a Quebec sweep but that's what we got as the Nordiques won Game Four thanks to an overtime goal from Mike Peluso, a player who scored just 6 times in 70 regular season games and only 3 goals in 15 playoff games. Dale Hunter had 2 goals for Quebec including the tying marker with just 1:19 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Andrei Kovalenko had the remaining Quebec goal. Francois Groleau, Theo Fleury and Gary Suter replied for the Flames, who again outshot the Nordiques 37-23 but were stymied by Tugnutt. Tugnutt had a .915 save percentage to go with a 2.57 GAA and was my choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy but it went to Joe Sakic instead. Sakic was outstanding in the finals, especially the first three games and finished with 34 points in 18 games.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Brett Hull		CGY 22 15 21  36
Theo Fleury		CGY 20 13 22  35
Joe Sakic		QUE 18 11 23  34
Owen Nolan		QUE 18 17  7  24
Al MacInnis		CGY 22  9 15  24
Gary Roberts		CGY 22 12 10  22
Jeremy Roenick		CHI 17 11 11  22
Jeff Brown		QUE 18  4 18  22
Brendan Shanahan	NJ  16  9 12  21
Joe Nieuwendyk		CGY 22  7 13  20
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Joe Sakic Quebec (84GP 46-85-131)

VEZINA TROPHY: John Vanbiesbrouck NYR (42-20-4, 2.61)

NORRIS TROPHY: Gary Suter Calgary (73GP 31-70-101)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (74GP 55-88-143)

CALDER TROPHY
: Jason Arnott Edmonton (77GP 21-25-46)

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   J Vanbiesbrouck  NY Rangers	   Andy Moog	      Buffalo    
D   Phil Housley     Buffalo	   Al MacInnis        Calgary
D   Gary Suter       Calgary	   Brian Leetch       NY Rangers    
C   Mario Lemieux    Pittsbugh     Joe Sakic	      Quebec  	   
LW  Brendan Shanahan New Jersey    Teemu Selanne      Winnipeg       	
RW  Jaromir Jagr     Pittsburgh    Ray Sheppard	      Buffalo
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way to go, Buffalo!

Housley's a beast.
He has had a great career so far with his regular season points per game a little better than what he accomplished in real life. In real life he had 1232 points in 1495 games. In compares after 924 sim games so far he has 1034 points.

Here is a year by year comparison of games played and total regular season points vs real life. Right now (end of 3-94) is where he seems to be hitting a new peak in the sim compared to real life when his career numbers started to slide right around the same time- although an injury in 93-94 irl and the lockout impacted his totals.


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PHIL HOUSLEY CAREER COMPARISON

	REAL LIFE	 SIM TOTALS	
  YEAR	  GP	PTS	GP	PTS
1982-83	  77	66	74	53
1983-84	  75	77	72	66
1984-85	  73	69	80	86
1985-86	  79	62	80	79
1986-87	  78	67	80	81
1987-88	  74	66	79	80
1988-89   72	70	74	99
1989-90	  80	81	80	94
1990-91	  78	76	71	80
1991-92	  74	86	66	97
1992-93	  80	97	84	109
1993-94	  26	22	84	110
TOTAL	  866  839     924     1034
YEAR    				
1994-95	  43	43		
1995-96	  81	68		
1996-97	  77	40		
1997-98	  64	31		
1998-99	  79	54		
1999-00	  78	55		
2000-01	  69	34		
2001-02	  80	39		
2002-03	  58	29
It is in the playoffs where the sim Phil Housley has really made his mark. The screenshots below show his regular season stats, playoff stats and where he ranks (11th) all-time in career playoff points.

Housley has just been such a clutch playoff performer in this sim as he has averaged about 1.5 points per game. He isn't quite Gretzky/Lemieux good for points but there are very few others and no defensemen, not Coffey or even Brad Park who had an amazing career, that can rival the sim Phil Housley for playoff production.

It will be interesting to see if he keeps piling up the numbers and if so there may be another Cup or two in the Sabres near future.
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So Quebec win the Cup, then just a year down the line they'll be uprooted and moved to Denver.

QC would burn to the ground in this scenario!
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So Quebec win the Cup, then just a year down the line they'll be uprooted and moved to Denver.

QC would burn to the ground in this scenario!
I was thinking the same thing as it played out. Also wondering if they had won the Cup would that have been enough to keep them in Quebec City? Same with Hartford reaching the finals a couple of seasons prior.
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1994-95

1994-95

OFFSEASON
After no one was added to the Hall of Fame last season we have just one player inducted this time. Bryan Trottier played 18 seasons with the Islanders and won a Stanley Cup in 1979. His 1575 career points are 10th most all-time and he is 7th in NHL history for assists with 1109 to go with his 466 goals.

Two defensemen to play over 1000 games each have retired. Rob Ramage spent 15 years with the Rockies/Devils franchise and picked up 718 points. Dave Babych played 13 years for Winnipeg and finished with 798 points in 1061 games. Also retiring was Bob Carpenter at the relatively young age of 30. The forward played 912 NHL games for Washington and Florida, finishing with 190 goals and 463 points.

Rookies entering this season include Daniel Alfredsson in Ottawa, Marty Turco with Dallas, Tim Thomas to Quebec and Ryan Smith with Edmonton.

REGULAR SEASON
Because of a labor dispute the regular season did not begin until mid-January and was limited to 48 games. When the game returned much of the attention was centered on Wayne Gretzky as the 34 year old Edmonton Oiler superstar chased down Stan Mikita for the NHL's all-time point lead. Gretzky entered the season with 2097 points, 32 behind Mikita.

Gretzky tied the record by recording his 2129th point in a game at home against St Louis on March 14th. He had two points in the game, the first one was a goal in the opening period and the second point, which tied Mikita's mark, was an assist on a third period goal from Paul Coffey. The record breaking mark came in the following game when Gretzky assisted on a first period goal from Martin Gelinas in the Oilers 4-2 win at home over the San Jose Sharks on March 17th. By the time the year was done Gretzky had picked up 63 points and the new record stood at 2160.

Edmonton's Jari Kurri (15-30-45) and Dale Hawerchuk (14-26-40) each surpassed the 600 career goal mark this season. There are now 13 players in NHL history to score over 600 career goals.
Here are the top 15 goal scorers in NHL history
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MOST GOALS IN NHL HISTORY        Goals   GP
Bobby Hull		1957-77   884   1459
Jean Ratelle		1959-82   856   1613
Guy Lafleur		1971-89   813   1439
Wayne Gretzky		1979-*    741   1086
Dino Ciccarelli		1979-*    694   1166
Phil Esposito		1961-78   667   1271
Alex Delvecchio		1950-73   645   1716
Stan Mikita		1958-79   642   1492
Joe Mullen		1979-*    639   1133
Mark Messier		1980-*    628   1095
Mike Gartner		1979-*    625   1075
Dale Hawerchuk		1981-*    603    948
Jari Kurri		1980-*    603   1097
Jean Beliveau		1949-70   598   1400
Maurice Richard		1942-59   595   1062

MILESTONES
Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton reached the 2100 point mark
Dino Ciccarelli of Dallas reached the 1500 point mark
Make Gartner of Washington earned his 1200 carer point
Jari Kurri of Edmonton scored his 600th goal
Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg scored his 600th goal
Petr Klima of Detroit scored his 300th goal
Kevin Dineen of Dallas scored his 300th goal
Joe Sakic of Quebec scored his 300th goal
Rick Tocchet of Philadelphia scored his 300th goal
Al MacInnis of Calgary earned his 750th assist
Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh earned his 750th assist
Pat LaFontaine of the NY Islanders earned his 750th assist
Craig Janney of Boston picked up his 500th assist

1000 GAMES
Doug Crossman Chicago
Gaetan Duchesne Washington
Ron Francis Hartford
Dave Andreychuk Buffalo


Pat LaFontaine gave Islanders fans plenty to cheer about in their first game after the lockout. The 30 year old had 7 points (2G 5A) as the Isles blasted Florida 9-2 in the season opener for both clubs. Quebec's Joe Sakic also had a 7 point game. His 2 goal, 5 assist performance came March 1st in an 8-1 win over Tampa Bay. Linemate Owen Nolan had 3 goals and 6 points in the same game.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ATLANTIC DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Philadelphia Flyers	48 34 13  1   69
New York Rangers	48 31 15  2   64
Washington Capitals 	48 29 15  4   62
New York Islanders	48 28 14  5   61
New Jersey Devils	48 19 26  3   41
Tampa Bay Lightning	48  8 39  1   17
Florida Panthers	48  7 40  1   15

NORTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Buffalo Sabres		48 34 10  4   72
Quebec Nordiques	48 28 16  4   60
Pittsburgh Penguins	48 24 20  4   52
Hartford Whalers	48 23 20  5   51
Boston Bruins		48 20 26  2   42
Montreal Canadiens	48 17 29  2   36
Ottawa Senators		48 13 31  4   30

CENTRAL DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Detroit Red Wings 	48 35 10  3   73
Chicago Black Hawks	48 32  9  7   71
Dallas Stars  	 	48 22 19  7   51
Toronto	Maple Leafs	48 21 22  5   47
St Louis Blues		48 13 26  9   35
Winnipeg Jets		48 14 30  4   32
   
PACIFIC DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Calgary Flames		48 30 13  5   65
Edmonton Oilers		48 23 22  3   49
Anaheim Mighty Ducks    48 20 22  6   46
Los Angeles Kings	48 18 24  6   42
Vancouver Canucks	48 18 27  3   39
San Jose Sharks		48 12 34  2   26

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mario Lemieux		PIT  47 28  57   85
Steve Yzerman		DET  42 26  48   74
Joe Sakic		QUE  48 19  55   74
Jeremey Roenick		CHI  48 32  38   70
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  48 33  34   67
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  48 20  47   67
Ron Francis		HAR  45 29  36   65
Peter Forsberg		PHI  48 16  49   65
Phil Housley		BUF  47 18  46   64
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  48 20  43   63
Luc Robitaille		LA   48 27  35   62
Craig Janney		BOS  48 20  42   62
Petr Klima		DET  48 32  28   60
Theo Fleury		CGY  48 25  34   59
Mike Modano		DAL  48 22  36   58
Sergei Federov		DET  40 15  43   58
Doug Gilmour		STL  48 13  45   58
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  48 17  39   56
Trevor Linden		VAN  46 22  33   55
Steve Heinze		BOS  47 25  29   54
Brett Hull		CGY  45 18  36   54
Ulf Dahlen		NYR  48 17  37   54

GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Rick Tabaracci		PHI 29-9-1   2.27    .888
John Vanbiesbrouck      NYR 27-11-2  2.21    .914
Mike Liut		CGY 26-10-3  2.54    .879
Andy Moog		BUF 24-4-6   1.94    .910
Jeff Hackett		DET 23-9-2   2.53    .894
Pat Jablonski		NYI 23-11-3  2.47    .907
Dominik Hasek		CHI 22-8-6   1.97    .919
Olaf Kolzig		WSH 22-11-5  2.49    .899
Grant Fuhr		EDM 19-15-3  2.86    .898
Ron Tugnutt		QUE 19-12-4  2.64    .891
PLAYOFFS
Four of the 8 opening round playoff series went the distance and three of the four Game Seven's were decided by a single goal. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the battle of Pennsylvania with a 3-2 win over the Flyers in the deciding game. The Flyers were eliminated despite 10 points from Mikael Renberg and 9 from Peter Forsberg and Rick Tocchet in the series.

Third period goals from Mike Peluso and Owen Nolan lifted the Quebec Nordiques to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in the 7th game of their series. Ron Tugnutt and John Vanbiesbrouck both provided outstanding goaltending in the series. The Nordiques will face the Washington Capitals in the second round after the Caps survived a 7 game series with the New York Islanders, taking the series finale by a 4-2 score.

The only Eastern Conference opening round series to not go the distance was the Buffalo-Hartford matchup, which the Sabres won in 6 games. Phil Housley (4-6-10) and Pierre Turegeon (4-6-10) carried the Sabres to victory. Buffalo will face Mario Lemieux, who had 7 points in the opening round, and the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two.

The Toronto Maple Leafs nearly pulled off a huge comeback against Chicago in the Western Conference opening round. The Hawks won the first 3 games before Toronto battled back with 3 straight victories of their own. Game Seven went to overtime and Jeremy Roenick put an end to the Leafs comeback hopes when he beat Toronto's Felix Potvin in the second minute of overtime. The Blackhawks will face Calgary, who eliminated Anaheim in 5 games, in the second round. Dallas and Detroit will meet in the other Western Conference semi-final as both teams earned sweeps in the opening round. The Stars knocked out Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers while the Wings won 4 straight over Los Angeles.

Not a lot of drama in the Eastern Conference semi-finals as Buffalo proved too much for Pittsburgh, winning in 5 games, while the Quebec Nordiques knocked out Washington, also in 5 games.

The West, on the other hand, had two great series. Detroit won the first three games against Dallas but the Stars took the next 4 including a 5-3 victory in Game Seven to advance to the conference finals. Mike Modano was the game seven hero with 3 goals and an assist.

The Chicago-Calgary series went back and fourth and featured three overtime games including Game Six, which Calgary won 2-1 on the road to force the seventh game at home. Third period goals from Roenick and Ed Olczyk were the difference as Chicago advanced with a 3-1 victory.

CONFERENC FINALS
The Western Final has Chicago facing Dallas while Buffalo and Quebec square off in the East. Dominik Hasek of Chicago and Dallas' Kelly Hrudey are leading the playoffs in save percentage while the Stars Mike Modano (9-9-18) is tied for second in playoff scoring. Quebec winger Valeri Kamensky (9-10-19) has the playoff scoring lead but he is being chased by Buffalo pivot Pierre Turgeon (7-11-18). Sabres defenseman Phil Housley (4-11-15) has proven he can carry a series himself in the past.

Dallas wins the Western Final opener 3-0 as Hrudey has a 28 save shutout and veteran Dino Ciccarelli assists on all 3 Stars goals. Chicago rebounds with a 7-1 win in Game Two and then the teams split the next two games in the Windy City. Back to Dallas for Game Five and the visitors take the series lead with a 3-2 victory. Two nights later Ed Olczyk and Denis Savard each earn 3 points and the Hawks win 5-2 to take the series in 6 games.

Quebec and Buffalo split the first two games of their series before the Nordiques take control with wins at home by 5-2 and 7-3 scores. With their playoff lives on the line the Sabres had a terrible start to Game Five and fall behind 4-0 after 40 minutes. Buffalo suddenly wakes up in the third and the Sabres explode for 5 goals in the first 10:06 and hang on for a 5-4 victory to cut Quebec's series lead to 3 games to two. Game Six was a great goaltending battle between Andy Moog of Buffalo and Quebec's Ron Tugnutt. Tied at one after regulation the Sabres get the winning goal from Randy Cunneyworth just over 17 minutes into the first overtime, forcing a 7th game. Like the previous game, this one also needs overtime after Donald Audette tied the game at 3 with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation. The Nordiques get the overtime winner as Joe Sakic and Owen Nolan set up Valeri Kamensky at the 9:06 mark of overtime allowing Quebec to advance to attempt to defend their Cup title.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Nordiques make their second straight appearance in the finals, having beaten Calgary last year in their first ever trip to the Stanly Cup finals. Chicago most recently played in the finals in 1988-89, losing to Buffalo. The Hawks also lost in 1978 and 1975 with the last of the franchise's 5 Cup wins coming in 1973.

Both teams enter the series quite healthy. Chicago is led in scoring by Jeremy Roenick (9-9-18), Benoit Brunet (7-11-18), Gary Galley (6-9-15) and Steve Larmer (8-6-14) while Dominik Hasek has started 19 of their 20 playoff games and is 12-7 with a 2.45 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Ron Tugnutt is 9-6 with a 2.71 GAA in 15 playoff appearances while Stephane Fiset made 4 starts and won 3 of them with a 2.70 GAA. The Nordiques have had plenty of offense with most of it coming from the big line of Joe Sakic (8-17-25), Valeri Kamensky (10-17-27) and Owen Nolan (13-10-23). Secondary scoring is also coming from Mats Sundin (7-8-15) and Eric Lindros (6-5-11) while defenseman Jeff Brown (6-11-17) and Adam Foote (2-15-17) are also key contributors.

Ron Tugnutt is perfect in Game One, stopping all 29 shots he faces to guide the Nordiques to a 3-0 victory on home ice. Owen Nolan, Mats Sundin and Todd Warriner are the goals scorers as nine different Quebec players register a point.

Benoit Brunet snaps a 2-2 tie midway through the third period of Game Two and lifts Chicago to a 3-2 victory. Ed Olczyk and Jeremy Roenick also score for the Hawks while Dale Hunter and Janne Laukkanen get the Quebec goals.

A second straight 3-2 victory for Chicago as the Hawks get 3 in the opening period including two from Lonnie Loach, and hold on for the win. Loach had only scored one other goal in 23 playoff contests. Roenick scored the third Chicago goal while Eric Lindros and Andrei Kovalenko replied for Quebec.

Dominik Hasek shines in Game Four as he makes 36 saves to lead Chicago to a 3-0 victory and a 3 games to one series lead. The Nordiques went with Stephane Fiset instead of Tugnutt in net and it worked for 2 periods as the game was scoreless. Midway through the third Chicago struck for 3 goals in less than 2 minutes and that was the margin of victory. Steve Larmer, Brian Bradley and Jeremy Roenick were the Chicago marksmen.

Dave Manson forces overtime by tying the game for Chicago with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation but Quebec stays alive in the series thanks to Todd Warriner's goal in the second overtime period, his second of the game, to give the Nordiques a 4-3 win. Janne Laukkanen and Andrei Kovalenko also scored for Quebec. The other 2 Chicago goals came from Benoit Brunet and Jeff Norton. Ron Tugnutt made 48 saves for the win.

The Blackhawks celebrate in the United Center as they win Game Six 5-4 to claim the Stanly Cup. Rookie Jeff Shantz got the game winner with 5 minutes remaining in regulation. Chicago had built a 3-0 lead on goals by Gary Galley, Jeff Norton and Claude Lapointe before Joe Sakic got Quebec on the board late in the second period. Lapointe scored his second of the game early in the third to restore a 3 goal lead for Chicago but Quebec tied the game on goals from Adam Foote, Eric Lindros and Todd Warriner to set the stage for Shantz to get the Cup winner. Jeremy Roenick, who scored 12 goals and 25 points, was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy,

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Joe Sakic		QUE 25  9 21   30
Valeri Kamensky		QUE 25 10 18   28
Owen Nolan		QUE 25 14 11   25
Jeremy Roenick		CHI 26 12 13   25
Pierre Turgeon		BUF 18  8 17   25
Mike Modano		DAL 17 11 11   22
Phil Housley		BUF 18  6 16   22
Benoit Brunet		CHI 26  9 11   20
Mats Sundin		QUE 25  8 11   19
Jeff Brown		QUE 25  6 13   19
Adam Foote		QUE 25  3 16   19
Gary Suter		CGY 12  4 14   18
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (47GP 28-57-85)

VEZINA TROPHY: John Vanbiesbrouck NYR (27-11-2 2.21)

NORRIS TROPHY: Al MacInnis Calgary (48GP 18-35-53)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (47GP 28-57-85)

CALDER TROPHY: Sergei Gonchar Washington (48GP 5-18-23)

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Andy Moog	      Buffalo	   John Vanbiesbrouck NY Rangers	       
D   Phil Housley      Buffalo	   Nik Lidstrom	      Detroit  
D   Al MacInnis       Calgary	   Brian Leetch       NY Rangers    
C   Mario Lemieux     Pittsbugh    Joe Sakic	      Quebec  	   
LW  Luc Robitaille    Los Angeles  Petr Klima	      Detroit       	
RW  Jaromir Jagr      Pittsburgh   Brett Hull         Calgary
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1995-96

OFFSEASON
After winning the Cup two years ago and reaching the finals this past spring the Quebec Nordiques shock fans in Quebec City by moving the team to Denver and becoming the Colorado Avalanche.

In off-season trading Montreal sent 29 year old Claude Lemieux, who had 40 points in 39 games last season, to Vancouver in exchange for 21 year old Mike Peca. Peca had 16 points in 43 games for Vancouver during last year's lockout shortened season.


Longtime Montreal defenseman Rod Langway has decided to retire after 17 seasons and 1054 games with the Habs. A two-time Norris Trophy winner, Langway also won a Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1979-80. He had 214 goals and 849 points in his career, which also saw him win a Conn Smythe Trophy and 2 Stanley Cups.

A number of other defensemen are retiring including:
40 year old Mark Howe, who played 1288 games between the NHL and WHA.
Kevin Lowe, who played 1149 games for Edmonton and won 3 Stanley Cups.
Mike Ramsay, who played 1125 games with Buffalo and Detroit and won a Cup with the Wings.
Normand Rochefort, a veteran of 1049 games with Quebec who had 595 points in his career and 1 Stanley Cup.
Doug Wilson, who played 1327 games for Chicago and had 1228 points. Wilson did not play this past season so missed out on an opportunity to win a Cup.


REGULAR SEASON
The move to Colorado and flip to a new division added to the excitement of the Western Conference race as the top 4 teams were seperated by just 5 points. The transplanted Avalanche finished first overall with 116 points, one more than new division rival Calgary. Chicago had 112 to lead the Central Division with the Detroit Red Wings finishing one point back of the Hawks.

Pittsburgh Mario Lemieux had a huge season, scoring 72 goals and 147 points to lead the league in both categories. In just 768 career games Lemieux already has 1515 points and 661 goals.


MILESTONES
Jari Kurri of Edmonton reached the 1500 point mark
Steve Yzerman of Detroit collected his 1200th point and 500th goal
Brett Hull of Calgary earned his 1200th point
Bernie Nicholls of Los Angeles earned his 1200th point
Neal Broten of Dallas earned his 1200th point
Dave Andreychuk of Buffalo earned his 1200th point
Dino Ciccarelli of Dallas scored his 700th goal
Ron Francis of Hartford scored his 600th goal
Steve Larmer of Chicago scored his 500th goal
Kevin Stevens of Pittsburgh scored his 400th goal
Pat LaFontaine of the NY Islanders scored his 400th goal
Ray Sheppard of Buffalo scored his 400th goal
Paul Coffey of Edmonton earned his 1000th assist
Troy Murray of Chicago earned his 500th assist
Jeff Brown of Colorado earned his 500th assist

1250 GAMES
Dale Hunter Colorado

1000 GAMES

Craig MacTavish Florida
Thomas Steen Winnipeg
Phil Housley Buffalo
Brian Bellows Dallas
Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg
Pat Verbeek Vancouver
Esa Tikkanen Edmonton
Kelly Kisio Tampa Bay
Cam Neely New York Islanders

Mark Messier of Edmonton had an 8 point night in the Oilers 12-5 win over Calgary on November 12th. Messier had 4 goals and 4 assists in the contest. Mike Modano of Dallas had 7 points in the Stars 8-1 win over Hartford on February 10th. Modano had 3 goals and 4 assists in the game.

Chicago's Steve Larmer had a 6 assist game as the Hawks beat Toronto 10-4 on January 23rd.

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ATLANTIC DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Washington Capitals 	82 52 25  5  109
New Jersey Devils	82 49 23 10  108
New York Islanders	82 49 30  3  101
Philadelphia Flyers	82 42 28 12   96
New York Rangers	82 39 40  3   81
Tampa Bay Lightning	82 16 61  5   37
Florida Panthers	82 14 63  5   33

NORTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Boston Bruins		82 40 32 10   90
Buffalo Sabres		82 39 33 10   88
Pittsburgh Penguins	82 39 36  7   85
Hartford Whalers	82 33 42  7   73
Montreal Canadiens	82 35 44  3   73
Ottawa Senators		82 24 54  4   52

CENTRAL DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Chicago Black Hawks	82 53 23  6  112
Detroit Red Wings 	82 51 22  9  111
Toronto	Maple Leafs	82 39 33 10   88
Dallas Stars  	 	82 35 42  5   75
Winnipeg Jets		82 22 53  7   51
St Louis Blues		82 22 56  4   48
   
PACIFIC DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Colorado Avalanche	82 55 21  6  116
Calgary Flames		82 55 22  5  115
Edmonton Oilers		82 46 32  4   96
Vancouver Canucks	82 41 36  5   87
Los Angeles Kings	82 34 38 10   78
San Jose Sharks		82 31 45  6   68
Anaheim Mighty Ducks    82 26 47  9   61

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mario Lemieux		PIT  82 72  75  147
Joe Sakic		COL  79 34  98  132
Brett Hull		CGY  82 60  62  122
Mike Modano		DAL  82 47  70  117
Steve Yzerman		DET  82 46  70  116
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  82 38  77  115
Ron Francis		HAR  78 44  68  112
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  82 30  76  106
Marty McInnis		NYI  82 52  53  105
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  82 35  68  103
Al MacInnis		CGY  82 35  68  103
Brian Leetch		NYR  82 18  82  100
Brendan Shanahan	NJ   82 44  55   99
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  80 40  59   99
Jason Allison		WSH  78 38  62   98
Peter Bondra		WSH  82 48  49   97
Luc Robitaille		LA   82 44  52   96
John LeClair		MON  81 54  40   94
Mikael Renberg		PHI  69 42  52   94
Steve Larmer		CHI  82 40  54   94
 
GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Dominik Hasek		CHI 48-19-6  2.24    .912
Grant Fuhr		EDM 38-20-6  2.51    .910
John Vanbiesbrouck	NYR 36-35-4  2.96    .892
Tom Barrasso		BOS 35-22-8  2.62    .905
Jeff Hackett		DET 35-10-4  2.42    .904
Ron Hextall		VAN 35-27-4  2.98    .908
Ron Tugnutt		COL 34-12-5  2.41    .894
Patrick Roy		MON 32-40-4  3.30    .888
Pat Jablonski		CGY 30-9-3   2.43    .893

PLAYOFFS

No major surprises in the opening round of the playoffs with the exception of the Rangers upsetting Washington. New Jersey topped Buffalo in 6 games as did Philadelphia over the Islanders while the Penguins swept Boston. In the West, the Edmonton Oilers pulled off a mild upset by beating Detroit and Chicago survived a scare needing 7 games to oust Vancouver. Calgary and Colorado advanced easily with wins over Toronto and Los Angeles respectively.

In the second round the Rangers beat New Jersey easily in 5 games while Colorado ended Edmonton's season, also in 5 games. The other two series both went the distance. Philadelphia needed an overtime goal from Scott Mellanby to eliminate Pittsburgh while Calgary downed Chicago 3-2 in regulation in the seventh game of that series.

CONFERENCE FINALS
The Western Conference final would be a rematch of the Stanley Cup from two years ago with the Nordiques beat Calgary. The Avalanche would win the series in 6 games to advance to the finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, who knocked off the New York Rangers in 6.

STANLEY CUP FINAL

An interesting matchup between Philadelphia and Colorado. The key pieces from the real life big Lindros deal are all playing. Lindros, now 23, is leading the Avalanche in points this playoff with 17 through 15 games but he has spent most of his 5 years in Quebec on the third line, behind Sakic and Sundin. This season in 82 games Lindros posted decent numbers with 29 goals and 69 points but certainly is no where near superstar status.

Neither of the key pieces that went the other way have been superstars either. Mike Ricci had a career high 70 points this season as a 24 year old. Peter Forsberg looked to be ready to breakout when he scored 91 points as a 20 year old and followed that up with 65 in last year's lockout season. However, a hamsting injury cost him half of this season although he did get 23 goals and 67 points in 45 games. He returned from the injury in the conference finals and had a goal and 4 assists in 3 playoff games.

The only injured player for the Flyers is Rick Tocchet, who had 77 points in 68 games before his season came to an end with a concussion. The Avalanche will be missing Mats Sundin (34-41-75) with a sprained wrist but he could be back as early as Game Two.

While the Nordiques-Avalanche franchise has had great recent success with this year being their third straight trip to the Stanley Cup finals, Philadelphia has had a long drought. The Flyers only made the Finals once in their history, losing to Chicago in the 1973 Cup series.

Mike Ricci and Peter Forsberg lead the Flyers to a 4-2 victory in Game One at The Spectrum. Ricci had 3 assists while Forsberg scored once and assisted on another goal. Mikael Renberg, Jamie Huscroft and Greg Johnson scored the other Philly goals while Owen Nolan had both for Colorado. Jocelyn Thibault made 34 saves in the Flyer net for the win while Ron Tugnutt struggled mightily for the Avalanche, facing just 20 shots and allowing 4 goals.

Stephane Fiset replaces Tugnutt in the Colorado cage for Game Two and the Avalanche respond with a 5-2 victory. Joe Sakic led the way with 2 goals and 2 assists. Owen Nolan, Mike Eagles and Janne Laukkanen also scored for Colorado. Greg Johnson and Darren Rumble replied for the Flyers.

There was an Avalanche of goals in the third period of Game Three, 6 to be exact including four by Colorado. When the snow settled it was tied 6-6 and going to overtime. Mike Eagles would end it with a goal for the Avalanche just over 3 minutes into the extra period and Colorado had a 2 games to 1 lead with a 7-6 victory. Peter Forsberg led the offense with 2 goals and 3 assists for the Flyers. Owen Nolan had a hat trick, giving him 6 goals in 3 games, while Joe Sakic scored once and added 2 assists.

Owen Nolan scored another goal and Sakic had 3 points to help Colorado to a 5-1 victory and a 3 games to one series lead.

Game Five was back in Philly and the Flyers stayed alive with a 3-2 victory. Greg Johnson got the game winner early in the third period after Randy Gilhen and Mikael Renberg had scored for the Flyers while Kirk Maltby and Joe Sakic replied for Colorado.

Greg Johnson continues his strong play with a goal and an assist in Game Six as the Flyers extend the series with a 3-1 victory. Scott Mellanby and Peter Forsberg also scored for Philadelphia while Jaroslav Modry had the lone Colorado goal.

Colorado wins the Stanley Cup with a 5-0 victory as Joe Sakic takes over Game Seven. Sakic had 3 goals and assisted on the other two to carry the Colorado offense. Milan Hejduk and Janne Laukkanen also scored for the Avalanche, who have won two Stanley Cups - although 1 based in Quebec - in the past three years.

Sakic finished as the playoff leader in points with 37 and was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second time in his career.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Joe Sakic		COL 22 13 24  37
Theo Fleury		CGY 18  8 26  34
Brett Hull		CGY 18 13 16  29
Mikael Renberg		PHI 25 10 19  29
Steve Larmer		CHI 14 11 15  26
Owen Nolan		COL 17 13 11  24
Gary Roberts		CGY 18 12 12  24
Brian Bradley		CHI 14  9 15  24
Al MacInnis		CGY 18  9 15  24
Darren Rumble		PHI 26 10 13  23
Mario Lemieux		PIT 11  8 15  23
Greg Johnson		PHI 26 14  8  22
Kirk Maltby		COL 22  9 13  21
Eric Lindros		COL 22  8 13  21
Mike Ricci		PHI 26  3 18  21
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (82GP 72-75-147)

VEZINA TROPHY: Dominik Hasek Chicago (48-19-6 2.24)

NORRIS TROPHY
: Al MacInnis Calgary (82GP 35-68-103)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (82GP 72-75-147)

CALDER TROPHY: Oleg Tverdovsky Anaheim (78GP 10-51-61)

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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Dominik Hasek     Chicago	   Grant Fuhr         Edmonton	       
D   Brian Leetch      NY Rangers   Nik Lidstrom	      Detroit  
D   Al MacInnis       Calgary	   Jeff Brown	      Colorado    
C   Mario Lemieux     Pittsbugh    Joe Sakic	      Colorado  	   
LW  Brendan Shanahan  New Jersey   Marty McInnis      NY Islanders      	
RW  Brett Hull        Calgary      Jaromir Jagr       Pittsburgh
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1996-97

OFFSEASON
Four defensemen were inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Rod Langway, who won 2 Norris Trophy's in his 17 year career with Montreal; Mark Howe, who started in the WHA but also played 1176 NHL games for Hartford; Doug Wilson, who spent 18 seasons with Chicago along with former Ranger and Sabre Reijo Ruotsalainen.

Retirements this season include goaltender Reggie Lemelin, who did not make his NHL debut until age 27 but still managed to play 828 NHL games with all but the last 19 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lemelin was 323-382-66 with a 3.75 career GAA.

36 year old Guy Carbonneau retired after 996 games and 840 points with the Montreal Canadiens, as did 34 year old Brent Sutter, who played 1202 games for the Islanders, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Sutter finished his career with 328 goals and 883 points.

Meanwhile the Winnipeg Jets are the latest team to relocate, as they moved to Phoenix.

REGULAR SEASON
The Colorado Avalanche dominated the NHL as they finished first overall with 129 points, the highest total since 1992-93. The Avalanche were led by Joe Sakic (47-92-139) and Owen Nolan (58-53-111), who set a career high in goals. The Calgary Flames finished second in the Pacific Division behind the Avalanche and also second overall in the entire league. The Flames leader was again Brett Hull, who scored 59 goals to give him 656 for his career and at age 32 keep him on track to catch his famous fathers record of 884 careeer goals.

Wayne Gretzky inched closer to the elder Hull's mark but the 36 year old Great One had a (non-lockout) career worst 81 points this season. Gretzky did get 31 goals so he is now at 802 joining only Bobby Hull (884), Jean Ratelle (856) and Guy Lafleur (813) at such lofty heights.

Mario Lemieux seems sure to join that group soon as he ran his career goal total to 712 with a 51 goal season this year. Lemieux led the league with 147 points to win the 6th Art Ross Trophy of his career. Lemieux's Penguins finished second to Montreal in the Northeast Division as the Habs won their first division title in a decade. The Canadiens were led by Patrick Roy, who at the age of 31 enjoyed arguably the best season of his career (47-25-4, 2.60).

MILESTONES
Wayne Gretzky of Edmonton scored his 800th goal
Mark Messier of Edmonton earned his 1500th point
Dale Hawerchuk of Phoenix eaned his 1500th point
Ray Bourque of Boston scored his 1500th point and 400th goal
Joe Mullen of St Louis scored his 1500th point, 700th goal and 750th assist
Larry Murphy of Los Angeles earned his 1200th point
Al MacInnis of Calgary earned his 1200th point
Doug Gilmour of St Louis earned his 1200th point and 750th assist
Brett Hull of Calgary scored his 600th goal
Gary Roberts of Calgary scored his 500th goal
Pat Verbeek of Vancouver scored his 400th goal and 500th assist
Craig Janney of Boston scored his 400th goal
John MacLean of New Jersey scored his 400th goal
Claude Lemieux of Vancouver scored his 300th goal
Trevor Linden of Vancouver scored his 300th goal
Jaromir Jagr of Pittsburgh scored his 300th goal
Dave Andreychuk of Buffalo earned his 750th assist

1250 GAMES
Ray Bourque Boston
Dino Ciccarelli Minnesota
Glenn Anderson Toronto
Dirk Graham Hartford
Joe Mullen St Louis
Paul Coffey Edmonton
Troy Murray Chicago
Jari Kurri Edmonton
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton

1000 GAMES
Kelly Miller NY Rangers
Murray Craven Detroit
John MacLean New Jersey
Scott Stevens Washington
Frank Musil Dallas
Ken Daneyko New Jersey
Pat LaFontaine New York Islanders
Craig Ludwig Anaheim
Kevin Dineen Dallas
Grant Fuhr Edmonton
Doug Gilmour St Louis
Brian Skrudland Montreal
Ulf Samuelsson Hartford

Ray Bourque had 7 points (2G 5A) in Boston's 10-4 win over Ottawa. Bourque, who has been playing forward for the Bruins for most of his career, had 44 goals and 111 points this season.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ATLANTIC DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New York Rangers	82 47 25 10  104
New Jersey Devils	82 42 26 14   98
New York Islanders	82 44 31  7   95
Philadelphia Flyers	82 41 32  9   91
Washington Capitals 	82 39 31 12   90
Tampa Bay Lightning	82 20 55  7   47
Florida Panthers	82 17 59  6   40

NORTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Montreal Canadiens	82 52 27  3  107
Pittsburgh Penguins	82 48 29  5  101
Boston Bruins		82 47 29  6  100
Buffalo Sabres		82 38 39  5   81
Hartford Whalers	82 33 44  5   71
Ottawa Senators		82 29 48  5   63

CENTRAL DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Detroit Red Wings 	82 45 30  7   97
Chicago Black Hawks	82 42 35  5   89
Toronto	Maple Leafs	82 40 34  8   88
St Louis Blues		82 34 39  9   77
Dallas Stars  	 	82 31 44  7   69
Phoenix Coyotes		82 23 49 10   56
   
PACIFIC DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Colorado Avalanche	82 59 19  4  129
Calgary Flames		82 52 21  9  113
Anaheim Mighty Ducks    82 42 32  8   92
Edmonton Oilers		82 30 44  8   68
Vancouver Canucks	82 29 47  6   64
Los Angeles Kings	82 27 48  7   61
San Jose Sharks		82 19 53 10   48

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mario Lemieux		PIT  82 51  96  147
Joe Sakic		COL  82 47  92  139
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  82 71  59  130
Theo Fleury		CGY  82 47  83  130
Brett Hull		CGY  82 59  64  123
Owen Nolan		COL  80 58  53  111
Ray Bourque		BOS  82 44  67  111
Craig Janney		BOS  82 41  63  104
Ron Francis		HAR  77 50  50  100
Luc Robitaille		LA   82 46  54  100
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  82 31  69  100
Pat LaFontaine		NYI  82 36  61   97
Phil Housley		BUF  82 19  77   96
Doug Gilmour		STL  82 27  67   94
Brian Leetch		NYR  80 23  70   93
Valeri Kamensky		COL  82 29  63   92
Sergei Federov		DET  82 29  62   91
Brendan Morrison	NJ   82 34  56   90
Vincent Damphousse	TOR  80 31  59   90
Zigmund Palffy		NYI  82 31  59   90
 
GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Patrick Roy		MON 47-25-4  2.60  .908
Tom Barrasso		BOS 43-22-8  2.37  .894
John Vanbiesbrouck	NYR 40-20-12 2.48  .902
Dominik Hasek		CHI 35-29-6  2.69  .902
Eddie Belfour		ANA 34-32-8  2.63  .906
Ron Tugnutt		COL 32-10-3  2.54  .892
Jon Casey		PIT 28-8-1   2.32  .899
Darren Puppa		CGY 28-10-3  2.37  .901
Stephane Fiset		COL 27-7-2   1.85  .918
Andy Moog		BUF 26-20-5  3.12  .890
PLAYOFFS
It was an exciting opening round of the playoffs as half of the 8 series went the distance. Montreal swept Washington in 4 straight games but the other 3 Eastern Series all went the full 7 games. The Islanders knocked off Lemieux's Penguins, the Devils beat Boston and the Rangers tripped up Philadelphia.

The only series in the West to go 7 so Anaheim surprise Chicago. Other winners were Detroit over St Louis in 5, Colorado topped Dallas in 6 while Calgary swept Toronto.

The next round featured two unbelievable upsets in the west. The Detroit Red Wings, led by Steve Yzerman's 9 points in the series, upset Calgary in 5 games while the Anaheim Ducks shocked Colorado in six. The East stayed to script a little better with the top two seeds advancing: Montreal with a win over the Islanders in 5 games while the New York Rangers dropped New Jersey in seven. After the Rangers had lost Game Five to fall behind 3 games to two, Ranger star Brian Leetch made headlines by guaranteeing his club would win the series and then backed his words up with 2 goals in a 5-2 Game Six win and 3 assists in another 5-2 victory in Game Seven.

CONFERENCE FINALS
Instead of Calgary-Colorado fans were treated to an Anaheim-Detroit Western Conference Final. The young Ducks were coming off an upset of the mighty Avalanche but advanced to their first conference final without defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky (19-52-71), who suffered a leg injury ih the final game against Colorado. Without his presence quarterbacking the powerplay the Ducks went out meekly in the conference final round, exiting in 5 games against Detroit. Steve Yzerman continued his hot play for the Wings as he enters the finals with a team leading 14 goals and 24 points in 15 playoff contests.

The top playoff point getter is the Rangers' Leetch, who found his team again trailing a series 3 games to two. Leetch made no promise of victory this time but did get 2 assists to run his playoff point total to 32 in a Game Six win for New York. However, the Canadiens would claim the series two nights later in Montreal by taking the 7th game 2-1 as Patrick Roy had a 38 save masterpiece and Darcy Tucker got the series winner with 7 minutes remaining in regulation.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
It has been quite some time since we have had an Original Six final, all the way back to 1981-82 when the Rangers beat Toronto. The Canadiens and Red Wings meet for the 8th time but the first since Detroit won in 1959. Montreal leads all time with 21 Stanley Cup titles including their most recent one coming just over a decade ago in 1986. The Wings have had recent success with 2 of their 6 Cup wins in the past decade: 1988 over Pittsburgh and 1991 over Hartford.

Detroit certainly has the offensive edge led by Steve Yzerman (14-10-24), Sergei Federov (6-11-17) and a deep supporting cast including Adam Oates, Keith Primeau, Petr Klima, Joe Murphy and defenseman Nik Lidstrom. Most of Montreal's playoff offense has come from the line of Saku Koivu (10-15-25), John LeClair (8-10-18) and Mike Keane (2-13-15) with only Eric Daze (8-3-11) and defenseman Eric Desjardins (5-6-11) adding much more to the offense. Veteran captain Chris Chelios (2-8-10) has not had the playoff one would have expected from the team's regular season scoring leader. The big equalizer for Montreal is in net where Patrick Roy has been outstanding. Detroit has relied on Jeff Hackett with Chris Osgood also seeing some playoff action.

The series opens at the Bell Centre and the visiting Wings make a statement, chasing Roy in an 8-2 Red Wing rout in Game One. Adam Graves gets two goals to lead the Wings with Joe Murphy, Darren McCarty, Nik Lidstrom, Martin Lapointe, Anders Ericksson and Mike Rathje rounding out the offense. Yzerman and Federov each earn 2 assists. Eric Daze and John LeClair reply for Montreal.

Patrick Roy has another rough start in Game Two as Montreal falls behind 3-0 but he settles down and the Canadiens rally for a 6-4 victory to even the series. Six different Canadiens score as Andrew Cassels, Eric Desjardins, Mike Keane, Saku Koivu, Michael Peca and Brian Skrudland all beat Hackett in the Detroit net. The Wings goals come from Klima, Lapointe, McCarty and Joby Messier.

The octopus are out in full force as the Wings win Game Three 4-3 in overtime but suffer a big loss in the process. The loss is in the form of Sergei Federov, who leaves the game in the second period with a broken hand that ends his season. The Wings get the game winner at 8:21 in overtime after Keith Primeau converts a pass from Steve Yzerman. Yzerman had tied the game with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation when he scored his second goal of the contest. Adam Graves had the other Detroit goal while Mike Keane, Steve Chiasson and Sergei Krivokrasov were the Montreal marksmen. Both Hackett and Roy were very good in net as Detroit outshot the Habs 39-35.

Game Four is a goaltender's duel that Roy and Hackett keep scoreless until the 8 minute mark of the third period. Detroit strikes first as Adam Oates gets a powerplay goal but Montreal ties the game up just over 2 minutes later when Craig Rivet notches his first-ever playoff goal. It looks like we are headed to overtime for the second straight game until Mike Peca takes a slashing penalty to put the Canadiens down a man with 1:15 remaining in regulation. It takes the Wings just 20 seconds of powerplay time to wrap up the 2-1 victory thanks to a Murray Craven goal with Yzerman and Lidstrom drawing the assists. The victory gives Detroit a 3 games to one series lead heading back to Montreal.

Jeff Hackett was injured prior to Game Five so Chris Osgood takes over between the pipes for the Wings. Osgood makes 27 saves and the Wings get 2 goals and an assist from Adam Oates to win the Cup with a 4-1 victory in the fifth game. Martin Lapointe gets 2 assists in the win while Joel Bouchard and Vyacheslav Kozlov also score for the Wings. Shayne Corson gets the lone Montreal goal.

Steve Yzerman, with a playoff leading 16 goals and 30 points, is named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the second time in his career.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Brian Leetch		NYR 21  7 25  32
Steve Yzerman		DET 20 16 14  30
Saku Koivu		MON 21 11 17  28
Doug Weight		NYR 21  8 16  24
Tony Amonte		NYR 21 14  9  23
Adam Oates		DET 20  8 15  23
John LeClair		MON 21  9 13  22
Joe Sakic		COL 12  6 14  20
Sergei Federov 		DET 18  6 13  19
Petr Klima		DET 20  6 13  19
Keith Primeau		DET 20  6 13  19
Mike Keane		MON 21  4 15  19
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (82GP 51-96-147)

VEZINA TROPHY: Patrick Roy Montreal (47-25-4 2.60)

NORRIS TROPHY: Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit (82GP 19-58-77)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (82GP 51-96-147)

CALDER TROPHY: Dmitri Starostenko Montreal (82GP 19-31-50)

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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Patrick Roy	      Montreal     Eddie Belfour      Anaheim	       
D   Nik Lidstrom      Detroit      Brian Leetch       NY Rangers 
D   Phil Housley      Buffalo      Chris Chelios      Montreal   
C   Mario Lemieux     Pittsbugh    Joe Sakic	      Colorado  	   
LW  Luc Robitaille    Los Angeles  Valeri Kamensky    Colorado      	
RW  Jaromir Jagr      Pittsburgh   Brett Hull         Calgary
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Another Red Wing cup, fantastic!

Yzerman rarely shows up (points) in the regular season, why is that? injuries?

Keep up the work!
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Another Red Wing cup, fantastic!

Yzerman rarely shows up (points) in the regular season, why is that? injuries?

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Injuries have certainly cost Yzerman some games and appearances on the top scorers list in several seasons but overall he has had an outstanding career. Presently (I have just finished simming 1997-98 regular season) at age 32 he sits 23rd all-time in points with 1467 and only Mario Lemieux of the 22 players ahead of Stevie Y has played less games than Yzerman. Lemieux has 1785 points in 932 games while Yzerman's 1467 came in 984 games. Yzerman has scored 597 regular season goals which is good for 20th all-time.

Here is a season by season comparison of his real life totals vs the sim. The numbers compare very well especially considering I had the game engine talent development on instead of recalculating ratings each year. My game as a whole has had a little bit more offense than real life in the 1990's and it reflects in Yzerman's totals here.
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		REAL LIFE			SIM
	  GP   G   A 	PTS		GP  G	A	PTS
1983-84	  80  39  48	 87		80  32	66	98
1984-85	  80  30  59	 89		79  35	57	92
1985-86	  51  14  28	 42		51  23	43	66
1986-87	  80  31  59	 90		79  39	56	95
1987-88	  64  50  52	102		80  69	66	135
1988-89	  80  65  90	155		26  10	29	39
1989-90	  79  62  65	127		80  58	78	136
1990-91	  80  51  57	108		65  44	61	105
1991-92	  79  45  58	103		77  53	63	116
1992-93	  84  58  79	137		84  68	99	167
1993-94	  58  24  58	 82		29  14	32	46
1994-95	  47  12  26	 38		42  26	48	74
1995-96	  80  36  59	 95		82  46	70	116
1996-97	  81  22  63	 85		48  20	36	56
1997-98	  75  24  45	 69		82  60	62	122
TOTALS	1098  563 846  1409		984 597	866	1463
									
1998-99	 80  29	 45	74					
1999-00	 78  35	 44	79					
2000-01	 54  18	 34	52					
2001-02	 52  13	 35	48					
2002-03	 16   2	  6	8					
2003-04	 75  18	 33	51					
2005-06	 61  14	 20	34
       ---- --- ---   ----					
       1514 692	1063  1755	
He is showing no signs of slowing down his point production so I would think he has an outside chance at 2000 points if he stays healthy. The 2000 point club will certainly add Lemieux in the next couple of seasons but even with Mario it will still only have 4 members: Gretzky, who has 2426 and is rapidly declining at age 37 along with the long since retired Stan Mikita (2129) and Bobby Hull (2032).

Below are screenshots of Yzerman's career regular season and playoff stats as well as a third image that shows Detroit's franchise point leaders as well as their current depth chart.
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1997-98

1997-98

OFFSEASON
Paul Coffey announces his retirement after 1287 games and 1462 points for the Edmonton Oilers. A 7-time first team all-star, Coffey won 3 Stanley Cups and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1983. He also won the Norris Trophy twice and is third all-time in defenseman scoring behind Brad Park and Bobby Orr. (Also trails Ray Bourque but Bourque spent half of his career at forward.

Forward Dirk Graham retired after 17 NHL seasons. He played 1 year in Vancouver, 6 in Buffalo and the remainder with Hartford. Graham appeared in 1298 career regular season games, scoring 388 goals and 994 points. He had two great playoff runs, with Buffalo when he had 30 points in 1984, and with Hartord when he earned 27 playoff points in 1990 but his team lost in the finals on both occasions.

Thomas Steen, after 1131 games with Winnipeg and Dallas, and Joel Otto, who played 909 games and won a Stanley Cup in Calgary, have also retired.


The Hartford Whalers have moved to North Carolina and will become the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Edmonton Oilers dealt Jari Kurri to Philadelphia for 29 year old defenseman Brian Glynn. The 37 year old Kurri has 645 goals and 1590 career points in 1257 games but scored just 16 goals and 48 points in 78 games last year. Kurri is presently tied with Alex Delvecchio for 14th al-time in goals and is 12th in career points. Glynn has played 446 games with Calgary, Florida and the Flyers.

The Jon Casey era in Pittsburgh is over as the Pens dealt the 35 year old netminder to Buffalo. Casey played 730 games for Pittsburgh, going 426-211-73 while winning 2 Vezina Trophy's and being a 3-time first team all-star. He led the Pens to the Cup finals twice but lost on both occasions. In return the Pens get 19 year old rookie center Francois Methot. Casey is expected to challenge 37 year old Andy Moog for the starting job in Buffalo. The Penguins are relying on 31 year old Craig Billinton in net. Billington played 47 games last season and was 20-18-7 with a 2.85 GAA. Casey made 38 starts a year ago, going 28-8-1 with a 2.32 GAA for the Pens.

REGULAR SEASON
The Colorado Avalanche's hopes for a Stanley Cup took a huge blow when Joe Sakic broke his elbow in March, ending his season. Without Sakic the Avalanche limped down the stretch, winning just 2 of their final 12 games. The Avalanche finished with 101 points, still good enough to win the Pacific Division but they conceeded home ice advantage in the Western Conference to the Detroit Red Wings as the defending Cup champions finished first overall with 119 points. Wings captain Steve Yzerman (60-62-122) was held pointless in Detroit's season ending 3-2 loss to the Avalanche and as a result he missed out on winning his first Art Ross Trophy by a single point.

The Art Ross went to Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux (40-83-123) for the 7th time in his career. Lemieux's Penguins dealt with injuries of their own including playing without Jaromir Jagr for much of December and as a result the Penguins finished second to Buffalo in the Northeast Division. The Montreal Canadiens fell from winning the division a year ago to missing the playoffs altogether as Patrick Roy (28-32-14, 2.77, .899) had a terrible year, at least by his standards, a season after winning the Vezina Trophy and taking the Habs to the Cups finals.

The big regular season race was in the Atlantic Division as the season finished with just 3 points seperating first place Philadelphia from the third place New York Islanders. The New Jersey Devils were sandwiched in between the Flyers and Isles. The Devils had the best goaltending tandem in the league with Sean Burke (29-8-5, 1.77, .919) refusing to surrender the top job to 25 year old Martin Brodeur (24-10-5, 2.13, .913).

MILESTONES
Joe Sakic of Colorado scored his 400th goal and 1200th point
Bernie Nicholls of Los Angeles scored his 600th goal
Luc Robitaille of Los Angeles scored his 600th goal and 750th assist
Dave Andreychuk of Buffalo scored his 500th goal
Theo Fleury of Calgary scored his 400th goal
Brendan Shanahan of New Jersey scored his 300th goal
Teemu Selanne of Phoenix scored his 300th goal
Pierre Turgeon of Buffalo scored his 300th goal
Dave Hannan of San Jose scored his 300th goal
Steve Thomas of Toronto scored his 300th goal
Owen Nolan of Colorado scored his 300th goal
Mike Modano of Dallas scored his 300th goal
Ron Francis of Carolina earned his 1000th assist
Larry Murphy of Los Angeles earned his 1000th assist
Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh earned his 1000th assist
Phil Housley of Buffalo earned his 1000th assist
Joe Sakic of Colorado earned his 750th assist
Brett Hull of Calgary earned his 750th assist

1250 GAMES
Mark Messier Edmonton
Neal Broten Dallas
Mike Gartner Washington
Bernie Nicholls Los Angeles
Larry Murphy Los Angeles
Dave Hannan San Jose
Steve Larmer Chicago
Gaetan Duchense Washington
Ron Francis Carolina

1000 GAMES
Bob Errey Pittsburgh
Ray Ferraro Pittsburgh
Al MacInnis Calgary
Gary Roberts Calgary
Mike Vernon Calgary
Dave Gagner San Jose
Steve Smith Buffalo
Brett Hull Calgary
Luc Robitaille Los Angeles
Randy Cunneyworth Buffalo

New York Islanders winger Marty McInnis had a 5 goal game in the Isles 8-0 win over Toronto on October 4th. Brett Hull of Calgary scored 5 in the Flames 9-2 win over Edmonton in November.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ATLANTIC DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Philadelphia Flyers	82 53 19 10  116
New Jersey Devils	82 53 21  8  114
New York Islanders	82 50 19 13  113
New York Rangers	82 45 26 11  101
Washington Capitals 	82 37 35 10   84
Florida Panthers	82 14 60  8   36
Tampa Bay Lightning	82 13 66  3   29

NORTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Buffalo Sabres		82 43 28 11   97
Pittsburgh Penguins	82 38 31 13   89
Boston Bruins		82 38 32 12   88
Carolina Hurricanes	82 35 35 12   82
Montreal Canadiens	82 32 40 10   74
Ottawa Senators		82 27 50  5   59

CENTRAL DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Detroit Red Wings 	82 54 19  9  117
Toronto	Maple Leafs	82 45 25 12  102
Chicago Black Hawks	82 37 37  8   82
St Louis Blues		82 30 38 14   74
Dallas Stars  	 	82 26 45 11   63
Phoenix Coyotes		82 18 57  7   43
   
PACIFIC DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Colorado Avalanche	82 46 27  9  101
Calgary Flames		82 43 29 10   96
Edmonton Oilers		82 37 36  9   83
Los Angeles Kings	82 35 37 10   80
Anaheim Mighty Ducks    82 33 38 11   77
Vancouver Canucks	82 31 47  4   66
San Jose Sharks		82 30 46  6   66

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Mario Lemieux		PIT  82 40  83  123
Steve Yzerman		DET  82 60  62  122
Sergei Federov		DET  82 33  77  110
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  82 37  69  106
Luc Robitaille		LA   80 41  55   96
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  70 48  47   95
Ray Bourque		BOS  82 30  62   92
Phil Housley		BUF  82 23  69   92
Vincent Damphousse      TOR  79 30  61   91
Jeremy Roenick		CHI  82 48  41   89
Brendan Morrison	NJ   82 35  54   89
Peter Forsberg		PHI  69 33  56   89
Theo Fleury		CGY  80 26  62   88
Al MacInnis		CGY  75 32  54   86
Joe Sakic		COL  70 27  59   86
Mikael Renberg		PHI  71 39  46   85
Alexi Yashin		OTT  82 38  46   84
Trevor Linden		VAN  82 37  47   84
Ron Francis		CAR  75 34  50   84
Brian Leetch		NYR  82 26  57   83
Doug Gilmour		STL  79 25  58   83
 
GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
John Vanbiesbrouck	NYR 41-24-13  2.42   .903
Jocelyn Thibault	PHI 37-11-6   1.98   .917
Garth Snow		NYI 36-9-8    1.88   .926
Ed Belfour		ANA 32-34-11  2.60   .911
Dominik Hasek		CHI 32-30-9   2.62   .908
Ron Tugnutt		COL 30-17-7   2.13   .906
Sean Burke		NJ  29-8-5    1.77   .919
Jeff Hackett		DET 29-7-2    2.16   .908
Grant Fuhr		EDM 28-24-9   2.60   .911
Felix Potvin		TOR 28-8-11   2.13   .919
Patrick Roy		MON 28-32-14  2.77   .899
Andy Moog		BUF 27-12-7   2.05   .925
PLAYOFFS
The opening round of the playoffs featured two regional rivalries that went the distance. Calgary and Edmonton staged a 7 game slugfest that saw the Flames get 4 goals from Brett Hull in an 8-6 victory in Game Seven. Meanwhile the battle of New York went to the Islanders who rallied from a 3 games to one deficit to beat the Rangers. Buffalo, after an early exit last season, had a grueling 7 game series win over Boston in the opening round.

In other first round series the Flyers beat Washington in 5 while the Devils knocked off Pittsburgh in six as Mario Lemieux sat out the final game with an injury. The other series in the West saw Detroit beat Anaheim in 5, Toronto topped Chicago in 5 and Colorado, even without the injured Joe Sakic, had little trouble with Los Angeles as the Avalanche won in 6.

The Avalanche ran into a hot goalie in the second round as Felix Potvin surrendered just 7 goals in 4 games while the Leafs scored 16 to sweep Colorado 4 straight. The playoff scoring stars through the first two rounds for Toronto were Cory Stillman and Robert Lang, both free agent pickups after being dumped by other teams, and each had 4 goals and 9 points through 9 playoff contests.

Toronto will face the defending Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference finals after the Wings eliminated Calgary in 5 games.

In the East it will be Buffalo vs Philadelphia. Sabres defenseman Phil Housley was up to his usual playoff heroics as he helped the Sabres rally from a 3 games to two defici against New Jersey by getting 4 assists in a 5-2 win in Game Six and then assisting on both Buffalo goals in a 2-1 win in Game Seven. The Flyers beat the worn out New York Islanders in 5 games.

CONFERENCE FINALS
Detroit and Toronto have a long rivalry but it has been years since I can recall them meeting in a playoff series. This one was worth the wait as the series went the distance. The Wings took Games 1 and 2 at the Joe Louis Arena, winning 2-1 in overtime and 4-1 in Game Two before Toronto responded with 3 straight victories: 4-0 and 4-3 at home before a 4-1 win in Detroit. Game Six was a 5-2 Red Wings victory setting up the Game Seven showdown in the Motor City. Toronto led 2-1 midway through the second before Steve Yzerman set up 3 straight Detroit goals to give the Wings a lead they would not surrender, claiming the series with a 6-3 victory. Yzerman had 4 assists in the game to give him a playoff leading 22 points heading into the finals. Nik Lidstrom added 3 assists in the win while fellow defenseman Vlad Konstantinov scored twice.

In the Eastern Conference Finals the Philadelphia Flyers overpowered the Buffalo Sabres winning 4 straight games. Peter Forsberg led the Flyers offense with 8 assists in the 4 games.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
The Detroit Red Wings make their second straight appearance in the finals and look to win their second straight and 7th overall Stanley Cup. The Flyers have reached the finals 3 times but lost on each occasion, including 2 years ago to Colorado.

The series gets underway in Philadelphia with the visiting Red Wings winning the opener 4-1 thanks to a pair of goals from Steve Yzerman. Joe Murphy had a goal and 2 assists while Randy McKay also scored for the Wings. Dairius Zubrus got the only Philadelphia goal as Jeff Hackett made 29 saves in the Detroit cage.

Philadelphia's offense comes alive in Game Two as the Flyers claim a 7-5 victory. The game looked to be heading into overtime but Mikael Renberg scored his second goal of the game with 57 seconds remaining in regulation to make it 6-5 and Dmitri Tertyshny added an empty net goal to seal the victory. Peter Forsberg had 4 assists for the Flyers, who also got 2 goals from Vinny Prospal and singles from Jari Kurri and Mike Ricci. Yzerman, Martin Lapointe, Joe Murphy, Sergei Federov and Randy McKay were the Detroit goalscorers.

Detroit rebounds with a 5-3 victory on home ice in Game Three as Yzerman scores once and adds 2 assists. Keith Primeau, Adam Oates, Mike Sillinger and Vladimir Konstantinov also score for Detroit. Philadelphia, which led the game 3-1 at one point, got goals from Espen Knutson, Greg Johnson and Mikael Renberg.

The Flyers again even the series with a 3-1 victory in Game 4. Philadelphia outshot Detroit 50-20 and the game should have been a blowout but Chris Osgood was outstanding in the Detroit net. Peter Forsberg had 2 assists as Renberg, Darren Rumble and Dmitry Yushkevich scored for the Flyers. Yzerman got Detroit's only goal.

Late goals from Mike Ricci and Vinny Prospal lift Philadelphia to a 5-4 win in Game Five and a 3 games to two series lead. DJ Smith, Darren Rumble and Jari Kurri also score for the Flyers. Slava Kozlov with 2, Nik Lidstrom and Joe Murphy score for Detroit.

We get a seventh game as Steve Yzerman scores the winner in Game Six midway through the third period to lift Detroit to a 3-2 victory. Yzerman also assisted on Nicklas Lidstrom's goal while Keith Primeau had the other Detroit marker. Mike Ricci and Peter Forsberg replied for the Flyers.

Can't ask for much more from a Game Seven. Detroit strikes first as Sergei Federov gives the Wings a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Yzerman and Anders Ericksson earn the assists on the goal. After a scoreless second period the Flyers finally tie the game with a power play goal just under 6 minutes into the third period. Veteran Jari Kurri, who came over from Edmonton in the off-season, gets the equalizer and it gives the Flyers momentum. Just over two minutes later Darren Rumble beats goaltender Jeff Hackett and it is 2-1 Philadelphia.

The Wings seem unable to solve Jocelyn Thibault in the Flyer net until Scott Mellanby takes a tripping penalty at 17:26. Just as the powerplay is about to end Slava Kozlov ties the game for Detroit sending the contest into overtime.

The Flyers are all over Detroit in the early minutes of the extra period, outshooting the Wings 6-1 until Anders Eriksson lifts a point shot at the Flyer net that somehow eludes Thibault giving the Wings their second straight Stanley Cup.

Steve Yzerman, with 10 goals and a playoff leading 32 points, is named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for the second straight season and third time in his career. For the Flyers it is another year of playoff failure as they reach the finals for the fourth time, second in 3 years, and once again come away empty handed.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS GP G A PTS

Steve Yzerman DET 24 10 22 32
Peter Forsberg PHI 21 6 23 29
Keith Primeau DET 24 10 15 25
Mikael Renberg PHI 21 10 13 23
Sergei Federov DET 17 8 11 19
Pierre Turgeon BUF 18 6 13 19
Adam Oates DET 22 6 13 19
Vinny Prospal PHI 21 8 10 18
Nicklas Lidstrom DET 24 4 14 18
Phil Housley BUF 18 3 15 18
Darren Rumble PHI 21 7 10 17
Brett Hull CGY 12 10 6 16
Steve Thomas TOR 16 8 8 16
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Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Brian Leetch NY Rangers (82GP 26-57-83)

VEZINA TROPHY: John Vanbiesbrouck NY Rangers (41-24-13 2.42)

NORRIS TROPHY: Al MacInnis Calgary (75GP 32-54-86)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (82GP 40-83-123)

CALDER TROPHY: Mark Parrish San Jose (81GP 25-27-52)

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Garth Snow        NY Islanders Jocelyn Thibeault  Philadelphia	       
D   Brian Leetch      NY Rangers   Al MacInnis	      Calgary
D   Phil Housley      Buffalo      Nic Lidstrom	      Detroit  
C   Steve Yzerman     Detroit      Mario Lemieux      Pittsbugh      	   
LW  Luc Robitaille    Los Angeles  Marty McInnis      NY Islanders    	
RW  Sergei Federov    Detroit      Jaromir Jagr       Pittsburgh
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1998-99

OFFSEASON
Dino Ciccarelli and Paul Coffey are the additions to the Hall of Fame this summer. The 38 year old Ciccarelli played 1303 games for the Minnesota/Dallas organization beginning with a 43 goal season as a rookie in 1979-80 and ending in 1996-97 when he scored 16 goals for the Dallas Stars. Ciccarelli finished his career with 724 goals and 1586 points, numbers good enough to rank him 7th alltime in goals and 14th in points. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1986 when the Stars won their first and only Stanley Cup title.

Coffey won 3 Cups with the Oilers and a Conn Smythe Trophy to go with 2 Norris Trophy's. He played 1287 games and finished with 386 goals and 1462 career points.


The NHL expands for the 1998-99 season with the Nashville Predators entering the league. The Predators strike gold in the goaltending department as they get both Sean Burke and Jeff Hackett. Burke had a great season for New Jersey last year while all Hackett did was backstop the Red Wings to the last two Stanley Cups. The Wings opted to protect 25 year olds Chris Osgood and Manny Legace in the expansion draft over the 30 year old Hackett. The Wings also lost defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov to Nashville in the expansion draft. Other picks included defensemen Luke Richardson from Toronto and Marc Bergevin from San Jose along with forwards Ted Donato and Donald Brashear, both from Boston, and veteran Jari Kurri from Philadelphia.

Later Nashville would move Hackett to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for 31 year old defenseman Calle Johansson. The other big move of the off-season saw the Toronto Maple Leafs sign Zdeno Chara as a free agent after the 21 year old was not resigned by the New York Islanders. Chara had 25 points in 80 games for the Isles last season.

REGULAR SEASON
The addition of Nashville prompted the league to switch to 6 divisions this season. The expansion Predators fared much better than some of their predecessors, as the Preds earned a respectable 58 points in their inagural season. Others, particularly Florida and Tampa, continue to wallow in expansion mediocraty. Not the Anaheim Ducks however. The Ducks were a success right off the bat, making the playoffs in 5 of their 6 NHL seasons including this year when they finished atop the Pacific Division for their first division crown.

Speaking of crowns, Mario Lemieux lost his crown as the league scoring champ. Lemieux finished tied with Buffalo's Pierre Turgeon for the league lead with 118 points but Turgeon claims the Art Ross Trophy on the basis of scoring 1 more goal. For Lemieux it ends a 6 year run with the Art Ross Trophy.

Lemieux's 118 points moved him to 1903 for his career, the fifth most all-time. 38 year old Wayne Gretzky of course leads the way and Gretz had 78 points this season to surpass the 2500 point plateau. Gretzky scored 27 goals lifting him to 853, trailing only Bobby Hull at 884 and Jean Ratelle at 856.

MILESTONES
Brett Hull of Calgary scores his 700th goal and 1500th point
Ron Francis of Carolina scored his 700th goal
Steve Yzerman of Detroit scored his 600th goal and 1500th point
Ray Sheppard of Buffalo scored his 500th goal
Jeremy Roenick of Chicago scored his 400th goal
Larry Murphy of Los Angeles scored his 300th goal
Gary Roberts of Calgary earned his 1200th career point
Theo Fleury of Calgary picked up his 750th assist

1250 GAMES
Dave Andreychuk Buffalo
Chris Chelios Montreal
Phil Housley Buffalo
Cam Neely NY Islanders

1000 GAMES
Steve Yzerman Detroit
Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary
Gary Suter Calgary
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh
Bob Rouse Dallas

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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ATLANTIC DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New Jersey Devils	82 52 25  5  109
Philadelphia Flyers	82 48 31  3   99
New York Rangers	82 45 32  5   95
Pittsburgh Penguins	82 42 37  3   87
New York Islanders	82 35 32 15   85

NORTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Boston Bruins		82 55 21  6  116
Montreal Canadiens	82 45 29  8   98
Buffalo Sabres		82 40 38  4   84
Toronto	Maple Leafs	82 34 40  8   76
Ottawa Senators		82 32 41  9   73

SOUTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Washington Capitals 	82 45 31  6   96
Carolina Hurricanes	82 30 46  6   66
Tampa Bay Lightning	82 27 48  7   61
Florida Panthers	82 11 66  5   27

CENTRAL DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Detroit Red Wings 	82 53 22  7  113
Chicago Black Hawks	82 39 35  8   86
St Louis Blues		82 31 42  9   71
Nashville Predators	82 25 49  8   58
   
NORTHWEST DIVISION      GP  W  L  T  PTS
Colorado Avalanche	82 57 22  3  117
Calgary Flames		82 51 28  3  105
Vancouver Canucks	82 36 40  6   78
Edmonton Oilers		82 34 41  7   75

PACIFIC DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Anaheim Mighty Ducks    82 47 30  5   99
San Jose Sharks		82 31 45  6   68
Dallas Stars  	 	82 29 49  4   62
Los Angeles Kings	82 27 48  7   61
Phoenix Coyotes		82 21 54  7   49

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Pierre Turgeon		BUF  82 48  70  118
Mario Lemieux		PIT  81 47  71  118
Joe Sakic		COL  80 32  69  101
Steve Yzerman		DET  76 41  57   98
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  71 40  56   96
Brendan Morrison	NJ   79 35  60   95
Theo Fleury		CGY  70 31  62   93
Brett Hull		CGY  69 47  45   92
Jeremey Roenick		CHI  78 42  50   92
Mike Modano		DAL  82 42  49   91
Glenn Murray		BOS  82 33  55   88
Ray Whitney		SJ   81 24  63   87
Owen Nolan		COL  82 41  44   85
Mikael Renberg		PHI  82 38  47   85
Brendan Shanahan	NJ   77 35  50   85
Peter Forsberg		PHI  61 21  64   85
Ron Francis		CAR  78 32  52   84
Al MacInnis		CGY  82 28  56   84
Dave Andreychuk		BUF  82 33  50   83
Milan Hejduk		COL  82 29  53   82
Sergei Federov		DET  77 27  53   82
 
GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Martin Brodeur		NJ  48-20-4   1.83   .927
John Vanbiesbrouck	NYR 44-28-3   2.33   .915
Ed Belfour		ANA 42-27-5   2.30   .918
Ron Tugnutt		COL 40-12-2   1.98   .917
Patrick Lalime		CGY 39-17-4   2.50   .911
Byron Dafoe		WSH 38-25-5   2.58   .912
Tom Barrasso		BOS 35-9-3    2.11   .908
Dominik Hasek		CHI 35-26-14  2.35   .921
Patrick Roy		MON 35-26-5   2.64   .912
Chris Osgood		DET 33-16-5   2.42   .898
Craig Billington 	PIT 31-15-2   2.71   .912
Mike Richter		OTT 27-34-7   2.87   .909
PLAYOFFS
No surprises in the opening round of the playoffs as the top four seeds in each conference advanced. In the West Colorado beat St Louis in 5, Detroit swept Edmonton, Anaheim needed 7 games to eliminate Vancouver while Calgary downed Chicago in 5 games. Top seed Boston advanced in the East with a 6 game series win over the Islanders. New Jersey swept Pittsburgh and Philadelphia did the same to Montreal. Only #3 seed Washington had difficulty, going the full 7 games against the New York Rangers.

Detroit swept Anaheim to advance to the Western Conference Final where the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions will face the Colorado Avalanche after the Avalanche knocked off Calgary in 5 games. New Jersey had little trouble with Washington in the East, winning in 5 games. The top seeded Boston Bruins needed a Joe Thornton overtime goal in Game Seven to eliminate Philadelphia.

CONFERENCE FINALS
A trio of Colorado Avalanche sat atop the playoff scoring race entering the conference finals. Joe Sakic led the way with 8 goals and 26 points followed by Owen Nolan (8-9-17) and Milan Hejduk (7-10-17). The Avalanche would enter their series against Detroit missing only Eric Lindros to injury. Lindros has been sidelined most of the season, playing in just 18 games. Detroit is missing a big forward of their own as Keith Primeau (36-42-78) is out for the post-season following an injury suffered in early April.

New Jersey will rely on goaltender Martin Brodeur if they want to beat the top seeded Boston Bruins in the East. Brodeur is 8-1 with a 1.08 GAA and .954 save percentage in the playoffs. The Bruins will be missing Craig Janney, who has missed the entire postseason and, more importantly Glen Murray, who had led the team in playoff points with 16 but was injured in Game Seven of their win over Philadelphia and could miss much of the conference final.

The Avalanche had a 2 games to one lead on Detroit but lost star centre Joe Sakic with a broken bone in his foot late in the fourth game. That seemed to turn the tide as the Wings won Game five 3-2 on a Sergei Federov overtime goal and then got a shutout from Chris Osgood and a pair of goals from Slava Kozlov to take Game Six 4-0, allowing Detroit a shot at a third straight Cup.

The Red Wings opponent will be the Boston Bruins, who beat New Jersey in 7 games. Boston had led 3 games to one after taking Game Four 2-1 in overtime but the Devils won the fifth and 6th games to force a 1 game showdown. Boston prevailed in that game by a 3-2 score with Joe Thornton scoring the game winner midway through the third period.

STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Red Wings make their third straight appearance in the finals while Boston is back for the first time since losing to Minnesota in 1985. The Bruins and Detroit have only met once in the finals, back in 1940 with Boston triumphing. Boston has won 6 Stanley Cups: 1940, 1942, 1945, 1972 and 1981 as well as 1929, which was before the sim started.


Detroit opens the series with a 4-0 victory on the road as Nicklas Lidstrom scores twice while Steve Yzerman has a goal and an assist to lead the Wings. Randy McKay had the other Detroit goal while Chris Osgood made 25 saves for the shutout win.

Lidstrom gets a pair of assists as Detroit takes Game Two 2-1. Sergei Federov and Randy McKay score for the Wings with Jozef Stumpel getting the lone Boston goal. Another strong game from Osgood, who makes 24 saves.

Despite being outshot 35-28 the Bruins rebound with a 4-1 victory on the road in Game Three. Joe Thornton, Tom Fitzgeraldm Glen Murray and Sergei Samsonov score for Boston while Roman Vopat gets the Detroit goal. Tom Barrasso made 34 saves for the win in the Boston net.

Detroit wins Game Four 4-2 to take a 3 games to one series lead. Boston led 2-0 after 1 period on goals from Juha Ylonen and Glen Wesley but Detroit tied the game in the second period on goals from Federov and Martin Lapointe. Third period goals by Randy McKay and Federov sealed the win.

Steve Yzerman scored twice and Nik Lidstrom had 3 assists as the Wings clinched their third straight Cup with a 4-3 victory in Game Five. Darryl Laplante and Anders Ericksson also scored for Detroit in the victory.

Nik Lidstrom, who had 7 goals and 21 points in 19 playoff games, was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Joe Sakic		COL 14  9 19  28
Steve Yzerman		DET 19 10 16  26
Glen Wesley		BOS 25  8 16  24
Sergei Samsonov		BOS 25  6 18  24
Brendan Shanahan	NJ  16 10 11  21
Glen Murray		BOS 20  9 12  21
Nik Lidstrom		DET 19  7 14  21
Ray Bourque		BOS 25  6 15  21
Owen Nolan		COL 16 10 10  20
Milan Hejduk		COL 16  8 12  20
Joe Thornton		BOS 25  9 10  19
Sergei Federov		DET 19  6 13  19
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh (81GP 47-71-118)

VEZINA TROPHY: Martin Brodeur New Jersey (48-20-4 1.83)

NORRIS TROPHY: Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit (82GP 22-59-81)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Pierre Turgeon Buffalo (82GP 48-70-118)

CALDER TROPHY: Sergei Samsonov Boston (59GP 18-33-51)

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Martin Brodeur    New Jersey   Ron Tugnutt        Colorado	       
D   Al MacInnis	      Calgary	   Brian Leetch       NY Rangers   	
D   Nic Lidstrom      Detroit      Chris Chelios      Montreal
C   Mario Lemieux     Pittsbugh    Pierre Turgeon     Buffalo   	   
LW  Milan Hejduk      Colorado	   Brendan Shanahan   New Jersey    	
RW  Jaromir Jagr      Pittsburgh   Brett Hull	      Calgary
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I saw Cam Neely was playing for the Islanders. Can you post his stats? Always loved #8.

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I saw Cam Neely was playing for the Islanders. Can you post his stats? Always loved #8.

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Cam Neely is still going strong at the end of the 1999-2000 season as a 34 year old. He made his debut with Vancouver at the age of 18 but after scoring 44 points in 70 games the Canucks moved him to the Islanders at the trade deadline in his rookie year.

It turned out to be quite a lob-sided deal as the Isles got Neely and Bob Stephenson in exchange for Robbie Ftorek and Mike Allison. None of the other 3 would really do anything after the deal. Stephenson would play just 2 NHL games in his career. Allison was 22 at the time of the deal but he played just 86 games over the next 4 seasons with Vancouver and never played anywhere else in the NHL. Ftorek was 31years old at the time of the deal and had some solid seasons with the Islanders. However, Ftorek would play just 16 games and record 5 points in Vancouver and then was out of hockey.

Meanwhile Neely would be a big piece of the Islanders future and, while he has yet to win a Cup, he has played 1252 NHL games, scoring 596 goals and 1123 points. Neely is presently 22nd all-time in goals and 58th in career points. He also racked up some pretty good penalty minute totals along the way.

Certainly much better numbers than real life but then again he never had a run-in with Ulf Samuelsson in the sim.
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1999-2000

1999-2000

OFFSEASON
Another expansion team as the Atlanta Thrashers join the league. Not a strong expansion draft for the Thrashers but they do get some talent at defense in Gary Suter, Ken Daneyko, Todd Gill and Steve Chiasson. Other picks include goalies Olaf Kolzig and Jose Theodore but there is little talent up front.

Joe Mullen has decided to retire after 20 seasons in the NHL. Mullen spent his entire career with the St Louis Blues and scored 769 goals along with 1618 points in a career that lasted 1439 games. He ends his career 6th alltime in goals scored and 14th in points.

Retirements also included longtime Chicago Blackhawk Steve Larmer, who retires after 17 seasons and 1287 games in the NHL. Larmer finishes his career with 537 goals and 1263 points.

Newcomers to the league include the Sedin twins in Vancouver and the Detroit Red Wings add another piece to their roster in Henrik Zetterberg.

REGULAR SEASON
It looks like Mario Lemieux is reaching the end of the line at age 34. After scoring 118 points a year ago, Lemieux managed just 64 points, including 21 goals, this season. Those 21 goals did help him surpass the 800 mark for his career and before the season was done he had passed Guy Lafleur and mvoed into 4th place all-time with 820 goals. Lemieux is 5th in career points with 1967.

At 39 Wayne Gretzky managed to score 16 more goal moving him past Jean Ratelle's 856 and into second place all time with 869. He trails only Bobby Hull, who scored 884 goals in his career.

MILESTONES
Phil Housley of Buffalo earned his 1500th point
Dave Andreychuk of Buffalo earned his 1500th point
Gary Roberts of Calgary scored his 600th goal
Pat LaFontaine of the NY Islanders scored his 500th goal and 1500th point
Ray Bourque of Boston scored his 500th goal and 1250th assist
Claude Lemieux of Colorado scored his 400th goal
Pierre Turgeon of Buffalo scored his 400th goal and 750th assist
Al MacInnis of Calgary scored his 400th goal
Brendan Shanahan of New Jersey scored his 400th goal
Jari Kurri of Philadelphia earned his 1000th assist

1500 GAMES
Ray Bourque Boston

1250 GAMES
Pat Verbeek Vancouver
Scott Stevens Washington
Pat LaFontaine NY Islanders
Ken Daneyko Atlanta
John MacLean New Jersey
Doug Gilmour St Louis

1000 GAMES
John Vanbiesbrouck NY Rangers
Rick Tocchett Philadelphia
Adam Oates Detroit
Dave Reid Buffalo
Claude Lemieux Colorado
Kevin Hatcher Vancouver
Tommy Albelin St Louis
Petr Svoboda Florida

Buffalo defenseman Phil Housley had a 6 assist game in the Sabres 7-4 win over Tampa Bay on October 26th. Colorado forward Eric Lindros scored 28 goals this season with 5 of them coming in one game, a 5-2 win over Detroit on February 12th. Paul Kariya of Anaheim had a 5 goal game in a 7-3 win over Los Angeles on March 31st. Kariya would score 53 goals on the season and win the Art Ross Trophy. Finally, Vancouver's Pavel Bure, who was limited to 45 games due to injury, scored 21 goals on the season including 5 goals and an assist in the Canucks 9-2 win over San Jose on April 8th.


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     NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
ATLANTIC DIVISION  	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
New Jersey Devils	82 52 21  9  113
New York Rangers	82 49 25  8  106
Philadelphia Flyers	82 47 23 12  106
New York Islanders	82 47 27  8  102
Pittsburgh Penguins	82 37 32 13   87

NORTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Toronto	Maple Leafs	82 48 24 10  106
Boston Bruins		82 49 26  7  105
Buffalo Sabres		82 37 36  9   83
Montreal Canadiens	82 29 42 11   69
Ottawa Senators		82 28 48  6   62

SOUTHEAST DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Washington Capitals 	82 42 37  3   87
Atlanta Thrashers	82 26 46 10   62
Carolina Hurricanes	82 27 49  6   60
Florida Panthers	82 21 54  7   49
Tampa Bay Lightning	82 22 57  3   47

CENTRAL DIVISION 	GP  W  L  T  PTS
Detroit Red Wings 	82 57 17  8  122
St Louis Blues		82 49 25  8  106
Chicago Black Hawks	82 30 44  8   68
Nashville Predators	82 25 47 10   60
   
NORTHWEST DIVISION      GP  W  L  T  PTS
Colorado Avalanche	82 53 21  8  114
Edmonton Oilers		82 39 39  4   82
Calgary Flames		82 36 38  8   80
Vancouver Canucks	82 30 33 19   79

PACIFIC DIVISION	GP  W  L  T  PTS   
Anaheim Mighty Ducks    82 48 27  7  103
Los Angeles Kings	82 33 41  8   74
Dallas Stars  	 	82 27 43 12   66
San Jose Sharks		82 23 50  9   55
Phoenix Coyotes		82 19 58  5   43

SCORING LEADERS		TEAM GP  G   A  PTS
Paul Kariya		ANA  82 53  55  108
Steve Yzerman		DET  74 49  59  108
Brett Hull		CGY  75 55  49  104
Trevor Linden		VAN  82 50  54  104
Jason Allison		WSH  82 35  67  102
Josef Stumpel		BOS  82 33  65   98
Sergei Federov		DET  82 31  67   98
Brendan Morrison	NJ   82 34  62   96
Rod Brind'Amour		STL  78 47  48   95
Doug Gilmour		STL  82 25  70   95
Nik Lidstrom		DET  82 24  69   93
Luc Robitaille		LA   82 46  46   92
Milan Hejduk		COL  82 37  52   89
Phil Housley		BUF  82 21  67   88
Ray Bourque		BOS  82 39  48   87
Pierre Turegon		BUF  82 36  51   87
Jaromir Jagr		PIT  82 44  42   86
Cory Stillman		TOR  69 38  46   84
Vincent Damphousse	TOR  76 28  55   83
Brendan Shanahan	NJ   81 42  40   82
Brian Leetch		NYR  82 23  58   81
Wayne Gretzky		EDM  82 16  65   81
 
GOALIE WIN LEADERS	TM   W-L-T    GAA   SAVE%
Martin Brodeur		NJ  50-17-8   2.16   .991
John Vanbiesbrouck	NYR 43-15-9   1.80   .922
Ed Belfour		ANA 41-26-7   2.60   .907
Manny Legace		DET 41-11-5   1.88   .908
Roberto Luongo		NYI 38-22-10  2.53   .900
Ron Tugnutt		COL 37-16-8   2.04   .908
Tom Barrasso		BOS 28-15-5   2.31   .896
Chris Osgood	    DET-WSH 28-23-4   2.84   .903
Arturs Irbe		TOR 27-10-4   2.33   .911
Dominik Hasek		CHI 26-35-8   3.01   .908
PLAYOFFS
A big upset in the Eastern Conference as the playoffs got underway. The 8th seed Pittsburgh knock off Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils in 6 games. Jaromir Jagr led the way for the Pens, scoring 5 goals and 7 points in the series. Boston beat Southeast Division champion Washington in 5 games but that was not really a surprise as the Bruins had 18 more points than the Caps in the regular season. Northeast Division champ Toronto beat the Islanders in 6 games while the Rangers swept Philadelphia.

The Bruins beat the Rangers in 5 games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will play their Northeast Division rivals in the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs put an end to Pittsburgh's playoff run but the Pens certainly went down fighting with Toronto needing wins in Games Six and Seven to advance. Cory Stillman was the hero for Toronto, getting the game winner in the sixth game and asssiting on both Toronto goals in a 2-0 Game Seven victory. Stillman leads all playoff performers with 15 points.

Each of the top 4 seeds in the Western Conference survived the first round but the Anaheim Ducks needed 7 games to dispose of pesky Calgary. Three time defending Cup champion Detroit beat Los Angeles in 5 while St Louis knocked off Edmonton in 5 games as well. Second seed Colorado topped Vancouver in six.

Detroit and Colorado had little trouble in the second round as the Wings beat St Louis in 5 while Colorado knocked out Anaheim, also in 5 games. This sets up a meeting between the top two seeds and a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals.

CONFERENCE FINALS
The Detroit Red Wings eliminated Colorado in the conference finals for the second straight year. After the teams each won two on home ice the Wings claimed a 7-6 victory in overtime at The Joe in Game Five and wrapped up the series with a 5-3 win in Colorado 2 nights later. The Wings did lose Adam Oates for the finals after he was injured in game six.

Meanwhile in the East, Boston and Toronto alternated victories through the first 6 games forcing a 7th game at the Air Canada Centre. The game ended regulation tied at 3 and the first overtime period did not solve anything. Early in the second overtime Boston's Geoff Courtnall converted a Darby Hendrickson pass to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory in both the game and the series.

STANLEY CUP FINALS
A rematch of last season when the Detroit Red Wings beat Boston for their third straight Stanley Cup. Steve Yzerman (6-16-22) and Sergei Federov (9-11-20) will again be counted on to lead Detroit. Boston's playoff scoring leaders are Josef Stumpel (8-13-21) and Joe Thornton (9-11-20).

The series opens in Boston but it is the visitors who get the first victory as Detroit wins 2-1. Anders Eriksson scores a first period powerplay goal for the Wings and Joe Murphy adds insurance at the 11:20 mark of the third period. PJ Axelsson gives Boston fans hope with a late third period goal but Manny Legace shut's the door the rest of the way and Detroit holds on for the win.

Game Two is another 2-1 victory for Detroit but this time in overtime as Steve Yzerman gets the winner early in the second overtime. Anders Eriksson assisted on both Detroit goals. Keith Primeau of Detroit and Boston's Darby Hendrickson were the other goal scorers. Tom Barrasso made 39 saves in the Boston net.

Overtime is again on the docket for Game Three and the Wings take a huge 3-0 series lead after Slava Kozlov scores just 2 minutes into the overtime. The Bruins led 3-1 until Detroit got goals in the final five minutes of the third period from Yzerman and Roman Vopat. Mike Sillinger also scored for Detroit. Boston got goals from PJ Axelsson, Trent Whitfield and Juha Ylonen. Detroit lost 21 year old Pavel Datsyuk to a broken arm in the game. Datsuyk had 5 points in 14 playoff games after scoring 33 points in his first full NHL season.

Joe Thornton scores both Bruins goals as Boston stays alive with a 2-1 victory in Game Four. Keith Primeau had the lone Detroit goal with an assist going Henrik Zetterberg in his NHL debut. Zetterberg was inserted in the lineup to replace the injured Datsuyk.

The series comes to an end 2 nights later as the Wings dominate Game Five winning 6-2 in Boston. Federov got 2 of the Detroit goals with Kozlov, Lidstrom, Primeau and Joe Murphy also scoring as the Wings built a 6-0 lead before the Bruins got a couple of late goals from Kyle McLaren and Joe Thornton.

Nik Lidstrom, with a goal and 2 assists in the final game and 23 points overall in the playoffs was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second straight season.

DYNASTY
There is little question now about whether or not the Wings are a dynasty as Detroit beats Boston 6-2 for their fourth straight Stanley Cup. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs, winners of 8 straight Stanley Cups to start the sim in 1931, have won more consecutively. The Wings fourth straight Cup ties them with the 1955-58 Montreal Canadiens.

As for the best team of all-time the Wings are certainly entering the mix and Detroit's accomplishment is all the more impressive simply because of the number of teams in the league. If I was picking the best team of all-time I would lean to the Chicago Black Hawks of the late 1960s-early 1970s. Led by Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull the Hawks made 9 straight appearances in the finals and won 5 Cups.

Others might lean towards the 1932-39 Leafs or the Habs teams of the late 1950s as arguably the best team of all-time. Starting in 1955 Montreal made the finals 7 straight seasons and won 6 times. The last team in the mix could be the Rangers of Jean Ratelle and Brad Park from 1974-78. They made 5 straight finals and won 4 of them, as well as put an end to the Chicago dynasty.

However, a couple of years from now the current group of Red Wings may leave no doubt as to who the top team is. The Wings are loaded with talent both young and old as Yzerman, Federov and Lidstrom are being joined by youngsters like Datsuyk and Zetterberg.

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PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS     GP  G  A  PTS
Sergei Federov		DET 18 11 15  26
Steve Yzerman		DET 21  8 17  25
Joe Thornton		BOS 22 12 12  24
Mark Parrish		TOR 20 13 10  23
Nik Lidstrom		DET 21  4 19  23
Keith Primeau		DET 21 14  8  22
Josef Stumpel		BOS 22  8 14  22
Owen Nolan		COL 16 10 10  20
Ray Bourque		BOS 22  3 17  20
Vincent Damphousse	TOR 20  6 13  19
Cory Stillman		TOR 20  5 14  19
Other award winners are:

HART TROPHY: Brian Leetch NY Rangers (82GP 23-58-81)

VEZINA TROPHY: Martin Brodeur New Jersey (50-17-8 2.16)

NORRIS TROPHY: Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit (82GP 24-69-93)

ART ROSS TROPHY: Paul Kariya Anaheim (82GP 53-55-108)

CALDER TROPHY: JP Dumont NY Islanders (82GP 38-30-68)

The game does not select the all-star team but I will start naming first and second team all-stars
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POS      FIRST TEAM		     SECOND TEAM
G   Martin Brodeur    New Jersey   John Vanbiesbrouck NY Rangers	       
D   Brian Leetch      NY Rangers   Phil Housley       Buffalo	     	
D   Nic Lidstrom      Detroit      Oleg Tverdovsky    Anaheim
C   Steve Yzerman     Detroit      Trevor Linden      Vancouver   	   
LW  Paul Kariya       Anaheim      Luc Robitaille     Los Angeles   	
RW  Brett Hull	      Calgary      Sergei Federov     Detroit
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