The 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs for the National Hockey League (NHL) championship began on April 21, 2006, following the 2005–06 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, seeded one through eight from each conference, played best-of-seven series with re-seeding after the conference quarterfinals. The Conference Champions played a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup
The finals concluded on June 19 with the Carolina Hurricanes winning the Stanley Cup, defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the final series four games to three. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.
While the 2005–06 NHL season introduced a shootout to break ties after five minutes of four-on-four overtime, the Stanley Cup playoffs retained their traditional format of unlimited 20-minute periods of five-on-five sudden-death overtime to break ties.
The Western Conference made history in the first round when all four series were won by the lower-seeded teams (conversely, all four series in the Eastern Conference were won by the higher-seeded teams). The eighth- and lowest-seeded Edmonton Oilers proceeded to win the Western Conference and participate in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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... Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA Min Sv% SO Ilya Bryzgalov Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 16. 1.46 65859.944 3 Cristobal Huet Montreal Canadiens 15. 2.33 38537.929 0 Dwayne Roloson Edmonton Oilers 45. 2.33 115943.927 1 Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 20. 2.25 53259.923 1 Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 16. 2.24 42759.921 0 Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes 47. 2.14 131953.920 2 Jussi Markkanen Edmonton Oilers 13. 2.17 36023.905 1 Shutout Goalies Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils Ilya Bryzgalov(3), The Mighty Ducks Martin Gerber, Carolina Hurricanes Jussi Markkanen, Edmonton Oilers Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres Dwayne Roloson, Edmonton Oilers Vesa Toskala, San Jose Sharks Cam Ward(2), Carolina Hurricanes. ...
... selected by coach Craig MacTavish to finish the 2006 Stanley Cup finals as Edmonton's #1 goaltender ... Markkanen won the first Stanley Cup game of his career in Game 3 of the Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes on June 10, 2006, a game in which he earned the first star of the game ... This earned Markkanen his second-ever NHL playoff victory ...
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