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National Hockey League (NHL) 2008 - 09 Regular Season Standings


(NHL) National Hockey League 2008 - 09 Standings

Games Wins Loses Ties OTL Pts GF GA
Atlantic Division
New Jersey Devils 82 51 27 0 4 106 244 209
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 0 9 99 264 239
Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 0 11 99 264 238
New York Rangers 82 43 30 0 9 95 210 218
New York Islanders 82 26 47 0 9 61 201 279
Northeast Division
Boston Bruins 82 53 19 0 10 116 274 196
Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 0 11 93 249 247
Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 0 9 91 250 234
Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 0 11 83 217 237
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 0 13 81 250 293
Southeast Division
Washington Capitals 82 50 24 0 8 108 272 245
Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 0 7 97 239 226
Florida Panthers 82 41 30 0 11 93 234 231
Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 0 6 76 257 280
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 0 18 66 210 279
Central Division
Detroit Red Wings 82 51 21 0 10 112 295 244
Chicago Blackhawks 82 46 24 0 12 104 264 216
St. Louis Blues 82 41 31 0 10 92 233 233
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 41 31 0 10 92 226 230
Nashville Predators 82 40 34 0 8 88 213 233
Northwest Division
Vancouver Canucks 82 45 27 0 10 100 246 220
Calgary Flames 82 46 30 0 6 98 254 248
Minnesota Wild 82 40 33 0 9 89 219 200
Edmonton Oilers 82 38 35 0 9 85 234 248
Colorado Avalanche 82 32 45 0 5 69 199 257
Pacific Division
San Jose Sharks 82 53 18 0 11 117 257 204
Anaheim Ducks 82 42 33 0 7 91 245 238
Dallas Stars 82 36 35 0 11 83 230 257
Phoenix Coyotes 82 36 39 0 7 79 208 252
Los Angeles Kings 82 34 37 0 11 79 207 234

National Hockey League (NHL) 2008 - 09 Stanley Cup Playoff Results


(NHL) National Hockey League 2008 - 09 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Boston Bruins defeated Montreal Canadiens in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 0 - 0
Washington Capitals defeated New York Rangers in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 3 - 0
Carolina Hurricanes defeated New Jersey Devils in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 3 - 0
Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Philadelphia Flyers in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 2 - 0
Anaheim Ducks defeated San Jose Sharks in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 2 - 0
Detroit Red Wings defeated Columbus Blue Jackets in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 0 - 0
Vancouver Canucks defeated St. Louis Blues in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 0 - 0
Chicago Blackhawks defeated Calgary Flames in the Conference Quarter Final 4 - 2 - 0
Carolina Hurricanes defeated Boston Bruins in the Conference Semi Final 4 - 3 - 0
Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Washington Capitals in the Conference Semi Final 4 - 3 - 0
Detroit Red Wings defeated Anaheim Ducks in the Conference Semi Final 4 - 3 - 0
Chicago Blackhawks defeated Vancouver Canucks in the Conference Semi Final 4 - 2 - 0
Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Carolina Hurricanes in the Conference Final 4 - 0 - 0
Detroit Red Wings defeated Chicago Blackhawks in the Conference Final 4 - 1 - 0
Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final 4 - 3 - 0

2008 - 09 Pittsburgh Penquins Stanley Cup Rooster


Players: Sidney Crosby (C), Jordan Staal, Mike Zigomanis, Maxime Talbot, Evgeni Malkin (A), Dustin Jeffrey, Pascal Dupuis, Bill Guerin, Chris Kunitz, Petr Sykora, Matt Cooke, Ruslan Fedotenko, Craig Adams, Tyler Kennedy, Miroslav Satan, Chris Minard, Jeff Taffe, Hal Gill, Alex Goligoski, Rob Scuderi, Mark Eaton, Philippe Boucher, Brooks Orpik, Sergei Gonchar (A), Kris Letang, Ben Lovejoy, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mathieu Garon, John Curry, Brad Thiessen Staff: Mario Lemieux (Chairman/Owner/Alternate Governor), Ron Burkle (Owner/Alternate Governor), Tom Grealish (Director), Tony Liberati (Director/Alternate Governor), Ken Sawyer (Chief Executive Officer/Governor), David Morehouse (President/Alternate Governor), Ray Shero (Vice President/General Manager/Alternate Governor), Chuck Fletcher (Assistant General Manager), Ed Johnston (Sr. Advisor-Hockey Operations), Jason Botterill (Director of Hockey Administration), Dan Bylsma (Head Coach), Mike Yeo (Assistant Coach), Tom Fitzgerald (Assistant Coach), Gilles Meloche (Goaltending Coach), Mike Kadar (Strength-Conditioning Coach), Travis Ramsey (Video Coach), Chris Stewart (Athletic Therapist), Scott Adams (Assistant Athletic Therapist), Mark Mortland (Physical Therapist), Dana Heinze (Equipment Manager), Paul DeFazio (Assistant Equipment Manager), Danny Kroll (Assistant Equipment Manager), Frank Buonomo (Sr. Director of Team Operations & Communications), Tom McMillian (Vice President-Communications), Jay Heinbuck (Director of Amateur Scouting), Dan MacKinnon (Director of Pro Scouting)


National Hockey League (NHL) 2008 - 09 Stanley Cup Playoff Standings

Team Games Wins Loses Ties GF GA PIM
Pittsburgh Penguins 24 16 8 0 79 64 283
Pittsburgh Penguins 24 16 8 0 79 64 283
Detroit Red Wings 23 15 8 0 76 48 226
Detroit Red Wings 23 15 8 0 76 48 226
Chicago Blackhawks 17 9 8 0 54 54 297
Chicago Blackhawks 17 9 8 0 54 54 297
Carolina Hurricanes 18 8 10 0 42 52 231
Carolina Hurricanes 18 8 10 0 42 52 231
Boston Bruins 11 7 4 0 34 22 147
Anaheim Ducks 13 7 6 0 35 32 220
Washington Capitals 14 7 7 0 41 38 162
Anaheim Ducks 13 7 6 0 35 32 220
Washington Capitals 14 7 7 0 41 38 162
Boston Bruins 11 7 4 0 34 22 147
Vancouver Canucks 10 6 4 0 30 28 191
Vancouver Canucks 10 6 4 0 30 28 191
New York Rangers 7 3 4 0 11 19 120
New Jersey Devils 7 3 4 0 15 17 91
New York Rangers 7 3 4 0 11 19 120
New Jersey Devils 7 3 4 0 15 17 91
Philadelphia Flyers 6 2 4 0 16 18 116
San Jose Sharks 6 2 4 0 10 18 85
Calgary Flames 6 2 4 0 16 21 83
Calgary Flames 6 2 4 0 16 21 83
Philadelphia Flyers 6 2 4 0 16 18 116
San Jose Sharks 6 2 4 0 10 18 85
Montreal Canadiens 4 0 4 0 6 17 103
Columbus Blue Jackets 4 0 4 0 7 18 60
Columbus Blue Jackets 4 0 4 0 7 18 60
Montreal Canadiens 4 0 4 0 6 17 103
St. Louis Blues 4 0 4 0 5 11 63
St. Louis Blues 4 0 4 0 5 11 63


Most Goals 2008 - 09 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals56
Jeff Carter Philadelphia Flyers46
Zach Parise New Jersey Devils45
Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers43
Marian Hossa Detroit Red Wings40



Most Goals 2008 - 09 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Goals
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins15
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins14
Johan Franzen Detroit Red Wings12
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals11
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings11

Most Assists 2008 - 09 Season - Individual


Player Team Assists
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins78
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins70
Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals66
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks66
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings65

Most Assists 2008 - 09 Playoffs - Individual


Player Team Assists
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins22
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins16
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks14
Valtteri Filppula Detroit Red Wings13
Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins13

Most Points 2008 - 09 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins3578113
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals5654110
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins3370103
Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings326597
Zach Parise New Jersey Devils454994

Most Points 2008 - 09 Season - Individual


Player Team Goals Assists Points
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins142236
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins151631
Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings111324
Johan Franzen Detroit Red Wings121123
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals111021

Most Penalty Minutes 2008 - 09 Season - Individual


Player Team Penalty Min
Shane O'Brien Vancouver Canucks196
Colton Orr New York Rangers193
Zack Stortini Edmonton Oilers181
Jared Boll Columbus Blue Jackets180
Eric Boulton Atlanta Thrashers176

Plus/Minus Rating 2008 - 09 Season - Individual


Player Team Plus/Minus
Brendan Witt New York Islanders-34
Rod Brind'Amour Carolina Hurricanes-23
Scott Hannan Colorado Avalanche-21
Brad Boyes St. Louis Blues-20
Chris Campoli New York Islanders-20

2008 - 09 James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner



The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's top defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. The trophy is named in honour of James E. Norris, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings from 1932 to 1952. The trophy was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1953–54 NHL season. At the end of each season, members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote to determine the player who was the best defenseman during the regular season. Full List of Previous Winners

James Norris Memorial Trophy - Zdeno Chara - Boston Bruins

2008 - 09 Hart Memorial Trophy Winner



Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the NHL's Regular Season MVP (Most Valuable Player) is awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Originally known as the Hart Trophy, it was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1923–24 NHL season. The Hart Memorial Trophy is named in honour of Canadian Dr. David Hart, who donated the original trophy to the NHL. The original "Hart Trophy" was retired in Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, and the NHL began presenting a new trophy, which was named the "Hart Memorial Trophy" in its place. Full List of Previous Winners

Hart Memorial Trophy - Alex Ovechkin - Washington Capitals

2008 - 09 Art Ross Trophy Winner



The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the National Hockey League player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season. The Art Ross Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League in 1947 by Arthur Howie "Art" Ross, former general manager and head coach of the Boston Bruins. Full List of Previous Winners

Art Ross Trophy - Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Penguins

2008 - 09 William M. Jennings Trophy Winner



The William M. Jennings Trophy is an annual ice hockey award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it in regular-season play. The Jennings Trophy was donated by the NHL's board of governors and first presented at the conclusion of the 1981–82 season. It is named in honor of the late William M. Jennings, who was a longtime governor and president of the New York Rangers. Until the 1980–81 season, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season. It was recognized that this system often meant the trophy went to the goaltender of the better team rather than the individual and hence the change was made to offer the Vezina to the most outstanding goaltender, as voted by the NHL General Managers. The William M. Jennings Trophy was created as a replacement and is awarded to the goaltender(s) playing for the team with the fewest goals against. Full List of Previous Winners

William M. Jennings Trophy - Manny Fernandez - Boston Bruins
William M. Jennings Trophy - Tim Thomas - Boston Bruins

2008 - 09 Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner



The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association following the regular season. The trophy was first awarded at the end of the 1977–78 NHL season. It was named after Frank J. Selke, former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Full List of Previous Winners

Frank J. Selke Trophy - Pavel Datsyuk - Detroit Red Wings

2008 - 09 Calder Memorial Trophy Winner



The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. The trophy is named in honor of Frank Calder, the former President of the National Hockey League from its inception in 1917 to his death in 1943. Although Rookie of the Year honors were handed out beginning in 1932–33, the Calder Trophy was first presented at the conclusion of the 1936–37 NHL season. After Calder's death in 1942 the trophy was re-named the Calder Memorial Trophy. The voting is conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of each regular season to determine the winner. To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played any more than 25 games previously in any single season, nor have played in more than six games in each of two separate preceding seasons in any major professional league. Full List of Previous Winners

Calder Memorial Trophy - Steve Mason - Columbus Blue Jackets

2008 - 09 Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Winner



"The Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award is awarded annually to the goaltender who has played a minimum of 25 games and finished the season with the best save percentage in the National Hockey League. It was first awarded at the conclusion of the 1999–2000 season. The award is named in honor of former Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Roger Crozier, a Calder and Conn Smythe Trophy winner. The winner of the trophy receives a commemorative crystal trophy and is given US$25,000 to donate to a youth hockey or other educational program of their choice. " Full List of Previous Winners

Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award - Tim Thomas - Boston Bruins

2008 - 09 Vezina Trophy Winner



The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's goaltender who is judged to be the best at this position. The Vezina Trophy was named in honor of Georges Vιzina, an exceptional goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of each season, the 30 General Managers of the teams in the National Hockey League vote to determine the goaltender who was the most valuable to his team during the regular season. Before 1981, it was awarded to the goaltender(s) of the team allowing the fewest number of goals during the regular season; now, the William M. Jennings Trophy is awarded under that definition. Full List of Previous Winners

Vezina Trophy - Tim Thomas - Boston Bruins

2008 - 09 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner



The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The voting is conducted at the end of the season by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The trophy is named in honour of Marie Evelyn Moreton (Lady Byng), wife of Viscount Byng of Vimy, a Vimy Ridge war hero who was Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926. Lady Byng, who was an avid hockey fan, decided to donate the trophy to the NHL in 1925. Full List of Previous Winners

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Pavel Datsyuk - Detroit Red Wings

2008 - 09 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Winner



The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The trophy is named in honour of the late Bill Masterton, a Minnesota North Stars player who died on January 15, 1968, after sustaining an injury during a hockey game. The winner is selected by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association after each team nominates one player in competition. It is often awarded to a player who has come back from career- or even life-threatening illness or injury. A player can win this trophy only once in his career. Full List of Previous Winners

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Steve Sullivan - Nashville Predators

2008 - 09 Lester B. Pearson Award Winner



The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association. The award was first handed out at the conclusion of the 1971–72 NHL season. It is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, who was Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. The voting for the trophy is conducted at the end of the regular season by the members of the NHL Players Association. Full List of Previous Winners

Lester B. Pearson Award - Alex Ovechkin - Washington Capitals

2008 - 09 Plus-Minus Award Winner



The NHL Plus-Minus Award is a trophy awarded annually by the National Hockey League to the player, having played a minimum of 60 games who leads the league in plus/minus statistics. The plus/minus statistic was first established during the 1967–68 NHL season. This statistic reflects a player's ability to contribute offensively and defensively. The award was first given in the 1983 season. From 1982–83 to 1987–88, it was known as the Emery Edge Award. During 1988–89, there was no formal name for the trophy. From 1989–90 to 1995–96, it was known as the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award. From 1996–97 to 1997–98, it was known as the Bud Ice Plus-Minus Award. Finally, from 1998–99 to the present, it has been known as the Bud Light Plus-Minus Award. Full List of Previous Winners

Plus-Minus Award - David Krejci - Boston Bruins

2008 - 09 NHL All-Star Team Winners



"The NHL All-Star Teams were first named at the end of the 1930–31 NHL season, to honor the best performers over the season at each position. Representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association vote for the All-Star Team at the end of the regular season. "

Full List of Previous Winners
NHL All-Star Team - Zdeno Chara - D - Boston Bruins
NHL All-Star Team - Mike Green - D - Washington Capitals
NHL All-Star Team - Jarome Iginla - R - Calgary Flames
NHL All-Star Team - Evgeni Malkin - C - Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL All-Star Team - Alex Ovechkin - L - Washington Capitals
NHL All-Star Team - Tim Thomas - G - Boston Bruins

Full List of Previous Winners

NHL All-Star Second Team - Dan Boyle - D - San Jose Sharks
NHL All-Star Second Team - Pavel Datsyuk - C - Detroit Red Wings
NHL All-Star Second Team - Marian Hossa - R - Detroit Red Wings
NHL All-Star Second Team - Nicklas Lidstrom - D - Detroit Red Wings
NHL All-Star Second Team - Steve Mason - G - Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL All-Star Second Team - Zach Parise - L - New Jersey Devils

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