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The 2005-06 NHL season was the 89th season of operation (88th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). This was the season after the 2004-05 season which had all of its scheduled games canceled due to a labor dispute with the NHL Players Association over the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the league and its players.
The 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 21, 2006, and concluded on June 19, with the Carolina Hurricanes defeating the Edmonton Oilers to win their first Stanley Cup. The 2005-06 regular season was the highest-scoring regular season in NHL history, with 7,443 goals scored in 1,230 games. The previous record was 7,311 goals, scored during the 1992–93 regular season of 1,008 games. Another record from 1992-93, the most shorthanded goals scored in a season (312), was broken as 318 shorthanded goals were scored. An average of 6.05 goals per game were scored (compared with 7.25 in 1992-93). A total of 117 shutouts were recorded, down from an all-time high of 192 in 2003-04.
The higher offensive numbers were largely attributable, among other things, to greater frequency of power plays. In 2003-04, teams had an average of 348 power plays over 82 games. In 2005-06, that number rose to 480. This season saw the much-hyped debuts of (and immediate rivalry between) Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. It was only the second time that two rookies had 100+ points in a season (Teemu Selanne and Joe Juneau did it back in 1992-93). Ovechkin finished with 106 points, which is currently 3rd best all-time among NHL rookies. Crosby surpassed teammate Mario Lemieux's 100-point rookie season, finishing with 102 points, which is currently 5th best all-time.