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A look at some of this season's key numbers

Monday, 04.12.2010 / 9:28 AM / Inside the Numbers

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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A look at some of this season's key numbers
A look at some of the key figures of the just-concluded regular season.
The 1,230 games that comprise the NHL's regular season have been played, and after a couple of days for everyone to catch their breath, the race for the Stanley Cup begins.
 
It's been a fascinating season, full of tremendous accomplishments. Here's a numerical look at some of them:
 
0 -- Points lost by the Buffalo Sabres in games when they lead after two periods. The Sabres were one of five teams that didn't lose in regulation when leading after 40 minutes, but the Sabres were the only team to get every point. They were a perfect 30-0-0.
 
1 -- Goals scored by a team skating 3-on-5. Columbus' Rick Nash did it against Calgary on Oct. 25. Though it's credited as an empty-net goal, Minnesota's Owen Nolan scored a 3-on-6 goal against Toronto on Nov. 10, scoring while his team was skating down two men and the Maple Leafs had pulled their goaltender.
 
2 -- Games this season that were decided in the final second of overtime, and both took place on the same day. Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain scored with 0.9 remaining on the afternoon of March 20 to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh. That night, Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg got the winning goal with 0.1 seconds left in a 4-3 win at Edmonton.
 
 
3 -- Players who reached the 50-goal mark -- all of whom did it on the season's final weekend. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (2) and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos scored Sunday to finish tied for the NHL lead with 51 goals. Washington's Alex Ovechkin got No. 50 Friday night, but was kept off the score sheet Sunday.
 
4 -- Assists by Dallas' Marty Turco, the most among goaltenders this season. Five goalies, including New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, were next with three.
 
5 -- Goals scored by Calgary to start its game at Chicago on Oct. 12 -- only to have the Blackhawks rally to tie the game in regulation and win in overtime. The five-goal comeback was the biggest in the League this season.
 
6 -- Teams that made the Stanley Cup Playoffs this spring after missing the postseason in 2008-09. Buffalo and Ottawa replaced Carolina and the New York Rangers in the East, while Phoenix, Los Angeles, Nashville and Colorado made it in the West, sending Calgary, St. Louis, Columbus and Anaheim to an early summer vacation.
 
6 -- Game-deciding goals in shootouts by Phoenix defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who had never taken a shootout attempt until this season. He went 6-for-9, and all six gave the Coyotes a win.
 
7 -- Shootouts that went 10 or more rounds, a record for one season. There only had been 10 in the first four seasons since the shootout was adopted. Two shootouts lasted 10 rounds, and five went 11 rounds.
 
8 -- Consecutive shootouts lost by the Columbus Blue Jackets, an NHL record. The Jackets dropped their last eight this season and 10 of 15 overall, tying them with Dallas and Florida for the most shootout losses this season.
 
9 -- Shutouts by New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, tops among all goaltenders. It's the first time since 2002-03 that no goaltender has reached double figures in shutouts. Coincidentally, Brodeur also was tops in shutouts that season -- with nine.
 
9.0 -- Shot differential per game by the Chicago Blackhawks, the best in the NHL. The Hawks led the NHL with an average of 34.1 shots per game, and were the best at keeping the opposition from shooting, allowing just 25.1 per game.
 
12 -- Games played by the Philadelphia Flyers that were decided after regulation, the lowest total in the League and less than half of Boston's League-leading total of 27. The last one came Sunday, when they made the playoffs with a shootout win against the Rangers.
 
13 -- Most total goals in a game. San Jose beat Nashville 8-5 on March 11 and Carolina beat Tampa Bay by the same score on April 6. No other game had more than 11 goals scored.
 
14 -- Shootout victories by the Phoenix Coyotes, the most in the NHL this season. The Coyotes also set a League record by playing 20 shootouts -- meaning that almost one in every four of their games was decided in the post-overtime breakaway competition.
 
17 -- Points by Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh's six games against the New York Islanders, including five in Sunday's 6-5 overtime victory.
 
19 -- Goals by Washington's Mike Green, the most among defensemen this season. Green's goal output was down sharply from last season, when he had 31, but he finished with 76 points, two more than he had in 2008-09 and well ahead of Chicago's Duncan Keith, who was second with 69.
 
24 -- Goals by Islanders rookie John Tavares, the No. 1 pick in last June's Entry Draft. It's one more that Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, had in his rookie season in 2008-09. The Isles wouldn't mind if Tavares gets one more than Stamkos' second-year total in 2010-11, considering Stamkos more than doubled that number (23 to 51) in his second season.
 
27:22 -- Average ice time by Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen, the most of any player in the NHL. Ilya Kovalchuk, who split the season between Atlanta and New Jersey, was tops among forwards, at 22:02.
 
30 -- Rank of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the power play and on the penalty kill, a daily double that explains a lot about why Toronto finished 29th in the overall standings. Toronto killed just 74.6 percent of opposing power plays while scoring on only 14.0 percent of its own.
 
50 -- Plus rating by Washington defenseman Jeff Schultz, the best of any player in the League this season. In all, Caps players ranked 1-4 in plus-minus, with Ovechkin (plus-45), Green (plus-39) and Nicklas Backstrom (plus-37) following Schultz.
 
58 -- Saves by Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson against Toronto on Nov. 23, the most by a goaltender since Quebec's Ron Tugnutt made 70 in 1991. Though the Islanders couldn't hold a 3-0 lead that night, Josh Bailey's overtime goal rewarded Roloson's heroics with a 4-3 win.
 
64 -- Seconds needed by the Boston Bruins to score three shorthanded goals in Saturday's game against Carolina -- an NHL record.
 
83 -- Games played by defenseman Ian White, who picked up an extra one when he was traded from Toronto to Calgary at midseason, to lead the League.
 
96 -- Shots on goal by the New Jersey Devils (45) and New York Rangers (51) on Jan. 12, the most ever in a game that was scoreless through 60 or 65 minutes and the most in any game this season. There were eight more in the shootout, with the Devils' Patrik Elias scoring on the last one to give the Devils a 1-0 win.
 
101 -- Difference in the number of goals scored by the Washington Capitals (318) and Montreal Canadiens (217), who will meet in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's by far the biggest differential between any two teams in the opening round.
 
112 -- Points by Vancouver's Henrik Sedin, enough to top Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby (109 each) for the NHL scoring title. Sedin is the first Vancouver Canuck to win the Art Ross Trophy since the franchise entered the NHL in 1970.
 
127 -- Minutes needed by the Boston Bruins to beat the Edmonton Oilers, 2-0, on Halloween night; the 2:07 time of game was the fastest in the League this season. New Jersey needed one more minute to beat Atlanta, 3-0, on April 7.
 
184 -- Games that went to a shootout, shattering the previous record of 164, set in 2006-07. No. 184 was the biggest one of the season -- the Flyers beat the Rangers, 2-1, to earn the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and eliminate the Blueshirts.


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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals