Daniel Alfredsson, RW

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Head Coach

Bryan Murray

General Manager

John Muckler

Season Overview

When play resumed in 2005-06, the "new NHL," as it was billed, featured tighter enforcement of rules to encourage more scoring. No team took advantage of that more than the Senators, who roared out to a 19-3-0 start behind the NHL's most potent attack, outscoring their foes 102-45. Forward Dany Heatley, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers prior to the season, teamed up with captain Daniel Alfredsson and centre Jason Spezza to become the league's most feared line. Heatley became the first 50-goal scorer in franchise history and collected 103 points, a total matched by Alfredsson, while Spezza racked up 90. Heatley and Alfredsson also become the first to score shootout goals in NHL history during a season-opening win in Toronto. The Senators led all NHL teams in goals (312), shorthanded goals (25), scoring points (840) and shots on goal (2,811) in producing a 52-21-9 record, matching the best mark in team history. But it was an injury to goaltender Dominik Hasek at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics that would dampen the Senators' hopes for a Stanley Cup. Ottawa's offence overpowered the Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the first round, but the Senators were upset by the Buffalo Sabres in five games in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, with three of the losses coming in overtime.

Season Highlights

Oct. 5, 2005 The first game after 15 months without hockey resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory in Toronto. Alfredsson scored twice to force overtime and once in the shootout - the first in NHL history. Dany Heatley scored the shootout winner.
Oct. 29, 2005 The eight-goal margin in Ottawa's 8-0 thumping over Toronto at the Air Canada Centre tied a club record. Dany Heatley scored four consecutive goals to tie the club record set by Marian Hossa on Jan. 2, 2003. It was Heatley's eighth goal in nine games and the first time the Leafs had lost at home by eight goals since 1989.
Nov. 2, 2005 Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson each scored four goals in this 10-4 triumph at Buffalo. The four-goal efforts tied the club record for most goals in one game. Alfredsson also added two assists to tie a Senators record for most points by one player in a game.
Nov. 2, 2005 Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat each scored four goals, and Heatley added another two in a 10-4 victory over Buffalo. It was the first time in franchise history that Ottawa had two four-goal scorers in a single game. Alfredsson tied a team record with six points in the game.
Nov. 17, 2005 Daniel Alfredsson had two power-play goals to tie a club record in Ottawa's 4-1 home win over Florida. They came over a span of 20 seconds to set a club record for the fastest two goals scored on a power play. The markers came at 12:04 and 12:24 of the third period. Wade Redden tied a club record with three assists in the third period.
Nov. 29, 2005 Dany Heatley ended his record-setting point-scoring streak, notching 17 goals and 21 assists in 22 games, from Oct. 5 to Nov. 29, 2005.
Dec. 17, 2005 Ottawa set a club record for fastest three goals when Chris Neil (2:00), Dean McAmmond (2:24) and Jason Spezza (3:16) scored in 1:16 to open the third period in a 5-2 home win against the Islanders.
Jan. 21, 2006 It was a big night by all accounts. Dominic Hasek earned his 67th career shutout, Ottawa's 'Pizza Line' of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley combined for nine points and the Senators played their 1,000th regular-season game. It was the first game in the newly named Scotiabank Place and a record 20,093 fans watched the Senators blank Toronto 7-0.
Feb. 2, 2006 The Senators tied a club record by scoring three shorthanded goals in a 7-2 victory at Pittsburgh.
April 25, 2006 Ottawa set a team record for most goals in a playoff game during an 8-4 victory over host Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference quarter-final. Martin Havlat and Antoine Vermette scored twice, and Wade Redden had a goal and two assists after missing the previous game to be with his family following the death of his mother. Jason Spezza had four assists.

Division Standings

Ottawa 82 52 21 9 112
Buffalo 82 52 24 6 92
Montreal 82 42 31 9 90
Toronto 82 41 33 8 85
Boston 82 29 37 16 70