2005–06 Boston Bruins season

2005–06 Boston Bruins
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 13th Eastern
2005–06 record 29–37–16
Goals for 230
Goals against 266
Team information
General Manager Mike O'Connell
Jeff Gorton
Coach Mike Sullivan
Captain Joe Thornton (Oct-Nov)
Vacant (Nov-Apr)
Alternate captains Hal Gill (Nov-Apr)
Brian Leetch
Glen Murray
Arena TD Banknorth Garden
Average attendance 16,211 (92.3%)
Team leaders
Goals Patrice Bergeron (31)
Assists Brad Boyes (43)
Points Patrice Bergeron (73)
Penalties in minutes Hal Gill (124)
Wins Tim Thomas (12)
Goals against average Hannu Toivonen (2.63)

The 2005–06 Boston Bruins season was the Boston Bruins' 82nd season of operation. The Bruins slipped to 13th in the Eastern Conference and did not qualify for the playoffs.


Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season

After Joe Thornton voiced his unhappiness with his contract in Boston in 2005, many teams reportedly sent offers to the Bruins. However, Thornton re-signed with the team on August 11, 2005, for a three-year deal worth US$20 million. On November 30, 2005, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks in a blockbuster four-player deal which sent forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart to Boston. Thornton was the team's leading scorer at the time by a substantial margin and many felt that Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell had dealt away one of the few players who was truly showing an exemplary effort. On January 10, 2006, Thornton returned to Boston as a member of the Sharks, but was ejected for checking Bruins' defenseman Hal Gill from behind at 5:13 of the first period. Thornton received a five minute major and a game misconduct. The misconduct was later rescinded by the NHL.

The Bruins ended up finishing with the 3rd-worst record in the Eastern Conference, but the story of the season for the team was the emergence of goaltender Tim Thomas. Thomas had been in the Bruins organization before and had become a star in Europe before deciding to give the NHL one last try. Injuries to incumbent starter Andrew Raycroft and backup Hannu Toivonen pushed Thomas into the starting role, one that he did not relinquish until after the 2011–12 season.

Final standings

Northeast Division
11Ottawa Senators8252219314211113
24Buffalo Sabres8252246281239110
37Montreal Canadiens824231924324793
49Toronto Maple Leafs824133825727090
513Boston Bruins8229371623026674

[1] Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime/Shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[2]
1 Z- Ottawa SenatorsNE8252219314211113
2 Y- Carolina HurricanesSE8252228294260112
3 Y- New Jersey DevilsAT8246278242229101
4 X- Buffalo SabresNE8252246242239110
5 X- Philadelphia FlyersAT82452611267259101
6 X- New York RangersAT82442612257215100
7 X- Montreal CanadiensNE824231924324793
8 X- Tampa Bay LightningSE824333625226092
9 Toronto Maple LeafsNE824133825727090
10 Atlanta ThrashersSE824133828127590
11 Florida PanthersSE8237341124025785
12 New York IslandersAT823640623027878
13 Boston BruinsNE8229371623026674
14 Washington CapitalsSE8229411223730670
15 Pittsburgh PenguinsAT8222461424431658

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot

Schedule and results

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 5, 20051–2Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)0–1–0
2LOctober 7, 20051–4@ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)0–2–0
3WOctober 8, 20057–6 OT@ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06)1–2–0
4WOctober 10, 20054–2@ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06)2–2–0
5WOctober 13, 20055–2@ Florida Panthers (2005–06)3–2–0
6LOctober 15, 20051–5@ Ottawa Senators (2005–06)3–3–0
7LOctober 18, 20053–4@ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)3–4–0
8LOctober 20, 20053–4Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)3–5–0
9WOctober 22, 20056–3Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06)4–5–0
10LOctober 24, 20054–5 SO@ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)4–5–1
11LOctober 26, 20053–4 OT@ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06)4–5–2
12WOctober 27, 20052–1Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)5–5–2
13LOctober 29, 20054–5 SONew Jersey Devils (2005–06)5–5–3
14LNovember 1, 20053–4 OT@ New York Islanders (2005–06)5–5–4
15WNovember 3, 20054–1Florida Panthers (2005–06)6–5–4
16WNovember 5, 20056–3Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06)7–5–4
17LNovember 8, 20053–4 OT@ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06)7–5–5
18LNovember 10, 20052–5Ottawa Senators (2005–06)7–6–5
19LNovember 12, 20052–5@ New York Islanders (2005–06)7–7–5
20LNovember 17, 20051–4Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)7–8–5
21LNovember 19, 20052–3Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)7–9–5
22LNovember 20, 20052–3@ New York Rangers (2005–06)7–10–5
23WNovember 23, 20055–1@ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)8–10–5
24LNovember 25, 20053–5Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06)8–11–5
25LNovember 26, 20052–4@ Ottawa Senators (2005–06)8–12–5
26LNovember 29, 20052–3@ New Jersey Devils (2005–06)8–13–5
27WDecember 1, 20053–0Ottawa Senators (2005–06)9–13–5
28WDecember 3, 20055–4 OT@ Edmonton Oilers (2005–06)10–13–5
29LDecember 4, 20052–5@ Vancouver Canucks (2005–06)10–14–5
30LDecember 7, 20051–4@ Colorado Avalanche (2005–06)10–15–5
31LDecember 11, 20051–2 OTPhoenix Coyotes (2005–06)10–15–6
32WDecember 15, 20053–2@ Minnesota Wild (2005–06)11–15–6
33LDecember 17, 20050–3@ Calgary Flames (2005–06)11–16–6
34WDecember 22, 20054–1Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)12–16–6
35LDecember 23, 20051–2@ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)12–17–6
36WDecember 27, 20054–3 OT@ Washington Capitals (2005–06)13–17–6
37LDecember 28, 20054–6@ Florida Panthers (2005–06)13–18–6
38WDecember 30, 20052–1@ Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06)14–18–6
39LJanuary 2, 20060–1Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06)14–19–6
40WJanuary 5, 20064–2Ottawa Senators (2005–06)15–19–6
41WJanuary 7, 20066–3Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06)16–19–6
42LJanuary 10, 20062–6San Jose Sharks (2005–06)16–20–6
43LJanuary 12, 20060–6Los Angeles Kings (2005–06)16–21–6
44LJanuary 14, 20061–2 SODallas Stars (2005–06)16–21–7
45WJanuary 16, 20064–3 OTMighty Ducks of Anaheim (2005–06)17–21–7
46WJanuary 19, 20065–2@ Philadelphia Flyers (2005–06)18–21–7
47LJanuary 21, 20062–3 SONew York Rangers (2005–06)18–21–8
48WJanuary 23, 20063–2@ Washington Capitals (2005–06)19–21–8
49WJanuary 24, 20063–2@ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06)20–21–8
50WJanuary 26, 20063–2Washington Capitals (2005–06)21–21–8
51LJanuary 28, 20063–4New York Islanders (2005–06)21–22–8
52WJanuary 30, 20065–0@ Ottawa Senators (2005–06)22–22–8
53WFebruary 2, 20063–1Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)23–22–8
54LFebruary 4, 20060–2@ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)23–23–8
55LFebruary 5, 20063–4 SOCarolina Hurricanes (2005–06)23–23–9
56WFebruary 8, 20063–1@ Pittsburgh Penguins (2005–06)24–23–9
57LFebruary 9, 20062–3 OTNew Jersey Devils (2005–06)24–23–10
58LFebruary 11, 20065–6Tampa Bay Lightning (2005–06)24–24–10
59LMarch 1, 20063–4@ Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06)24–25–10
60WMarch 2, 20063–2Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06)25–25–10
61LMarch 4, 20062–3Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)25–26–10
62LMarch 7, 20062–3@ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)25–27–10
63LMarch 9, 20060–3Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)25–28–10
64LMarch 11, 20061–3New York Islanders (2005–06)25–29–10
65LMarch 12, 20062–6@ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)25–30–10
66LMarch 14, 20064–5 SO@ Toronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)25–30–11
67WMarch 16, 20063–2 SOOttawa Senators (2005–06)26–30–11
68WMarch 18, 20064–2Carolina Hurricanes (2005–06)27–30–11
69LMarch 20, 20062–5@ New York Rangers (2005–06)27–31–11
70LMarch 21, 20064–5 SOAtlanta Thrashers (2005–06)27–31–12
71LMarch 24, 20062–4@ New Jersey Devils (2005–06)27–32–12
72WMarch 25, 20065–4Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)28–32–12
73LMarch 27, 20063–4 SOFlorida Panthers (2005–06)28–32–13
74LMarch 29, 20063–4@ Buffalo Sabres (2005–06)28–33–13
75LApril 1, 20060–2@ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)28–34–13
76LApril 4, 20063–5@ Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)28–35–13
77WApril 6, 20063–2 SOToronto Maple Leafs (2005–06)29–35–13
78LApril 8, 20063–4 OTNew York Rangers (2005–06)29–35–14
79LApril 10, 20061–2 OTWashington Capitals (2005–06)29–35–15
80LApril 11, 20063–4 OT@ Ottawa Senators (2005–06)29–35–16
81LApril 13, 20063–4Montreal Canadiens (2005–06)29–36–16
82LApril 15, 20063–4@ Atlanta Thrashers (2005–06)29–37–16


  • The Boston Bruins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player statistics

Regular season

Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Patrice BergeronC813142732231216
Brad BoyesC822643693011803
Glen MurrayRW6424295352-8613
Marco SturmLW512320433214506
Sergei SamsonovLW5518193722-3601
Joe ThorntonC239243360302
Brian LeetchD615273236-10400
Brad StuartD5510213138-6602
P. J. AxelssonLW591018284-3121
Brad IsbisterLW586172346-2100
Travis GreenC8210122279-2021
Jiri SlegrD325111656-2400
David TanabeD5441216480001
Wayne PrimeauC50681440-10000
Nick BoyntonD54571293-7110
Milan JurcinaD516511543200
Tom FitzgeraldRW71461040-10000
Dave ScatchardC16461028-2100
Hal GillD801910124-4000
Alex ZhamnovC24191030-4001
Patrick LeahyRW4344819-2000
Shawn McEachernRW2826822-12100
Marty ReasonerC192688-2100
Andrew AlbertsD73167683010
Eric NickulasRW1624682000
Mariusz CzerkawskiRW164154-4000
Dan LaCoutureLW5522453-6010
Yan StastnyC1713410-2000
Ian MoranD12112100000
Mark StuartD1711210-1000
Kevin DallmanD2101181000
Josh LangfeldRW1801110-6000
Tim ThomasG3801140000
Zdenek BlatnyLW50002-2000
Ben GuiteRW100000000
Eric HealeyLW200020000
Jay LeachD200071000
Colton OrrRW20000270000
Andrew RaycroftG3000000000
Nathan RobinsonC200000000
Jordan SigaletG100000000
Hannu ToivonenG2000060000
Ben WalterC600042000
Tim Thomas2187381213101012.77112131112.917
Hannu Toivonen116320954512.631590539.914
Andrew Raycroft16193081921003.710824724.879
Jordan Sigalet1100000.00000


Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records


  Player is still active or individual record
Regular Season


The Bruins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2005–06 season.


November 30, 2005 To Boston Bruins
Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau
To San Jose Sharks
Joe Thornton
March 9, 2006 To Boston Bruins
Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny, 2nd round pick in 2006
To Edmonton Oilers
Sergei Samsonov

Free agents Acquired/Lost

PlayerFormer team
Brian LeetchToronto Maple Leafs
PlayerNew team

Draft picks

The 2005 NHL Entry Draft was the 43rd NHL Entry Draft. As a lockout cancelled the 2004–05 NHL season, the draft order was determined by lottery on July 22, 2005. Teams were assigned 1 to 3 balls based on their playoff appearances and first overall draft picks from the past three years. According to the draft order, the selection worked its way up to 30 as usual; then instead of repeating the order as in past years, the draft "snaked" back down to the team with the first pick. Therefore the team with the first pick overall would not pick again until the 60th pick. The team with the 30th pick would also get the 31st pick. The draft was only seven rounds in length, compared to nine rounds in years past. The labor dispute caused the shortened draft.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
122Matt Lashoff United StatesKitchener Rangers (OHL)
239Petr Kalus Czech RepublicHC Vitkovice (Czech Republic)
383Mikko Lehtonen FinlandBlues Jr. (Finland)
4100Jonathan Sigalet United StatesBowling Green State University (CCHA)
4106Vladimir Sobotka Czech RepublicHC Slavia Praha Jr. (Czech Republic)
5154Wacey Rabbit CanadaSaskatoon Blades (WHL)
6172Lukas Vantuch Czech RepublicBili Tygri Liberec Jr. (Czech Republic)
7217Brock Bradford CanadaOmaha Lancers (USHL)

Farm teams

American Hockey League

The Bruins AHL affiliate was the Providence Bruins. The Bruins had 43 wins and 92 points and finished in fourth place in their division. The Bruins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs against Portland. Eric Healey and Tim Thomas were selected to the AHL All-Star Game and Healey was the captain for PlanetUSA. Jonathan Sigalet was nominated for the AHL Man of the Year Award.[4]



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See also


  1. Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162.
  2. "2005–2006 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  3. "2005-06 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
  4. http://www.providencebruins.com/files/1Bruins_AHL_Awards.pdf
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