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  1. ”The dog had clearly taken it and, whether it had eaten it or taken it in by smoke, it is likely to have been a factor in the dog's behaviour.“ This was my favorite part of the story.
  2. I find Air Can is way better than they were 15+ years ago. But yeah I avoid them when possible. I didn't mention it but China Eastern Airlines can get you there a little cheaper than Air Can. But then you'd really be taking your life in your hands.
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  4. 20. Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings (1988-89) GP G A P +/- 80* 65 90 155 17 The Red Wings superstar showed he was capable of a big season a year earlier, scoring 50 goals and adding 52 assists in 64 games. But few were prepared for the kind of season Yzerman put together. Nobody other than Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky has recorded more points in a single campaign than he did in 1988-89. 19. Mike Bossy, New York Islanders (1981-82) GP G A P +/- 80 64 83 147 69 Perhaps the greatest pure goal-scorer in NHL history, Bossy showed off his playmaking side en route to one of the most impressive offensive seasons on record. Showing an incredible all-around game, Bossy placed third in Hart Trophy voting and second in the Lady Byng balloting while scoring 17 goals in 19 games to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. 18. Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues (1990-91) GP G A P +/- 78 86* 45 131 23 Other than Lemieux, nobody has come close to reaching Gretzky's incredible single-season goals record - nobody, that is, except for Hull. The Golden Brett (pictured above with dad Bobby) took his shot in 1990-91, ultimately coming up six goals shy but taking home the Hart Trophy in a narrow vote over Gretzky. Hull wound up scoring 70 or more goals in three straight seasons. 17. Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins (1969-70) GP G A P +/- 76* 33 87* 120* 54* This was the season that Orr went from promising defense prospect to the most talented player in the NHL. Orr nearly doubled his point total from a season earlier, shattering defensemen scoring records on the way to becoming the first blue-liner to win a scoring title. His 20 points in 14 playoff games earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Bruins captured the Cup. 16. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres (1998-99) W L T GAA SV% SO 30 18 14 1.87 .937* 9 Hasek has a pair of Hart Trophies on his mantel, but his best season - at least from a statistical perspective - might be one in which he didn't take home league MVP honors. Hasek's save percentage from the 1998-99 season is the fourth-best in league history, and he also established a career-low goals-against average en route to his fifth Vezina Trophy. 15. Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings (1990-91) GP G A P +/- 78 41 122* 163* 30 Gretzky put to rest any concerns about a potential drop-off in performance, securing his 10th league scoring title with his highest single-season assist total since 1985-86. It was the last time he scored 40 goals or posted 100 assists in a season; it was also the final time The Great One finished in the top two in Hart Trophy voting. 14. Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins (1970-71) GP G A P +/- 78 76* 76 152* 71 Before Gretzky and Lemieux took over, Esposito was the league record holder in both goals and points, putting together a season for the ages. He led the NHL in even-strength goals (50), power-play tallies (25) and game-winners (16) while taking an incredible 550 shots on goal. And yet, it still wasn't enough to earn league MVP honors; Esposito finished second in voting. 13. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1980-81) GP G A P +/- 80 55 109* 164* 41 After coming oh-so-close to winning the NHL scoring title as a 19-year-old, Gretzky left no doubt the following season. Not only did he cruise to the Art Ross Trophy, he established a new league record for points in a season - a mark that wouldn't last very long, as we'll find out shortly. Gretzky celebrated the end of his teenage years with his second of eight straight Hart Trophies. 12. Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins (1970-71) GP G A P +/- 78 37 102* 139 124* It's tough to decide which of Orr's seasons was the best, but you could easily make the case that this was No. 1, given that he set a record for scoring by a defenseman that still stands. And if that doesn't impress you, consider the plus-minus; Orr was on the ice for 124 more even-strength goals scored than he was for even-strength goals allowed. Mercy. 11. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1995-96) GP G A P +/- 70 69* 92* 161* 10 After injuries limited Lemieux to just 22 games in 1993-94 and cost him all of 1994-95, hockey fans were wondering if the best of Super Mario was over. Lemieux responded with emphasis, posting his fourth career 160-point season en route to his third Hart Trophy. It's the last time a player has scored more than 130 points in a season. 10. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1987-88) GP G A P +/- 77 70* 98 168* 23 For the first three seasons of his career, Lemieux looked every bit the part of a No. 1 pick. But it was in Season 4 that he first looked like a challenger to Gretzky's reign of dominance. He ended The Great One's streak of scoring championships and was rewarded with the Hart Trophy. This season marks the only time Lemieux led the league in shots on goal (382). 9. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1986-87) GP G A P +/- 79 62* 121* 183* 70* While it doesn't represent Gretzky's greatest season from a points perspective, it was no less dominant than his peak years. The Great One captured the scoring title by an absurd 75 points over teammate Jari Kurri; even if you only counted his assists, Gretzky would have won the Art Ross by 13 points. This marked Gretzky's final 60-goal season. 8. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1982-83) GP G A P +/- 80* 71* 125* 196* 60 As amazing as it is that Gretzky has four 200-point seasons to his credit, it's just as unfathomable to think that he came oh-so-close to a fifth. The 1982-83 season was the second of four straight in which Gretzky led the league in both goals and assists, and he went on to win the scoring championship by an incomprehensible 72 points over Peter Stastny. 7. Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins (1974-75) GP G A P +/- 80* 46 89* 135* 80* Orr is the proud owner of the best NHL season not posted by Le Magnifique or No. 99 - and what a season it was. He set new benchmarks for goals by a defenseman, since broken by Paul Coffey. But while Coffey never led the league in scoring, Orr's sensational season earned him his second Art Ross Trophy to go along with his eighth consecutive Norris Trophy. 6. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1984-85) GP G A P +/- 80* 73* 135* 208* 98* The third of Gretzky's four 200-point seasons features the best plus-minus showing of his career. The 135 helpers are the second-most of his career, and his 11 shorthanded goals mark the second straight year in which Gretzky had double-digit tallies while down a man. The result: a sixth consecutive Hart Trophy and a fifth straight scoring title. 5. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1988-89) GP G A P +/- 76 85* 114* 199* 41 Fans can only wonder what Lemieux would have done had he dressed for all 80 games. But one thing's for sure: he wouldn't have had to settle for falling agonizingly short of joining Gretzky in the 200-point club. Lemieux's career season includes league highs in power-play goals (31) and shorthanded markers (13), and he also managed to rack up 100 penalty minutes. 4. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1983-84) GP G A P +/- 74 87* 118* 205* 76* Proving his historic 1981-82 season was no fluke, Gretzky posted 200 or more points for the second time two years later. The 23-year-old completed a rare trifecta, leading the NHL in even-strength goals (55), power-play markers (20) and shorthanded tallies (12) while adding 11 game-winning goals on the way to his fifth Hart Trophy in a row. 3. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1985-86) GP G A P +/- 80 52 163* 215* 71 The single-season NHL scoring record is also one of the more intriguing seasons in history. Gretzky was always good at spreading the wealth, but his 163-assist performance in 1985-86 would represent the 11th-highest-scoring season by itself. Whatever the motivation for his increased generosity, Gretzky's playmaking helped set a scoring mark that might never be broken. 2. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1992-93) GP G A P +/- 60 69 91 160* 55* It doesn't rank in the top five from a points perspective, but it's difficult to argue with Lemieux's 1992-93 campaign as one of the contenders for best season. Rallying to win the scoring title by 12 points after missing 24 games due to Hodgkin's disease proved to be an unbelievable end to one of the most unbelievable seasons in NHL history. 1. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1981-82) GP G A P +/- 80 92* 120* 212* 81* Between scoring 50 goals in his first 39 games, recording an NHL-record 68 even-strength tallies, and breaking his own league scoring record by 48 points - as a 21-year-old, no less - It's nearly impossible to fathom how dominant Gretzky was. In a career full of incredible accomplishments, his 1981-82 season stands head and shoulders above the rest. ************************** The top 13 seasons are completely dominated by Gretzky, Lemiuex and Orr. Some absolutely incredible numbers. No doubt about which season would be #1. The one that really sticks out for me is the #3 best season. ...... " Gretzky was always good at spreading the wealth, but his 163-assist performance in 1985-86 would represent the 11th-highest-scoring season by itself." That is beyond crazy.
  5. My bad, thanks for that AJ. Here's 40-21..... 40. Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo Sabres (1992-93) GP G A P +/- 84 53 95 148 11 LaFontaine flashed brilliance in a 57-game trial with the Sabres in 1991-92, racking up 93 points. He ramped things up the following season, setting his career high in points by a whopping 43 while finishing second in the league behind only a miraculous performance from Mario Lemieux. LaFontaine's effort earned him a third-place finish in the Hart Trophy race. 39. Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins (1971-72) GP G A P +/- 76 37 80* 117 86* Orr's third consecutive Hart Trophy win wasn't quite as dominant as his second, but it still left both fans and opponents breathless. Orr led the league in assists for the third consecutive year, and had the best plus-minus in the NHL for the fourth season in a row. His success carried over into the playoffs, too, where he had 24 points in 15 games while leading the Bruins to the Cup. 38. Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings (1989-90) GP G A P +/- 73 40 102* 142* 8 After failing to win the scoring title in back-to-back seasons following an eight-year run of dominance, Gretzky returned to the top of the heap in 1989-90 during his second season with the Kings. The legendary center extended his streak of campaigns with 100 or more assists to 10, and his 142 points were 13 more than his former teammate and runner-up, Mark Messier. 37. Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens (1976-77) GP G A P +/- 80* 56 80* 136* 89 The 1976-77 season was special for a number of Montreal players - none more than Lafleur, who rode his career bests in assists and points to a sweep of the Hart, Pearson, and Art Ross trophies. He then contributed nine goals and 17 assists in 14 playoff games to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, and nearly made it a five-award season by finishing third in the Lady Byng race. 36. Jari Kurri, Edmonton Oilers (1984-85) GP G A P +/- 73 71 64 135 76 Kurri may own the distinction of having the greatest season of any player who failed to lead the league in a major category. That's the downside of playing alongside Gretzky - but based on Kurri's ridiculous stats in 1984-85, there are plenty of benefits, too. Kurri did lead the NHL in both even-strength goals (54) and game-winning tallies (13), so there's that. 35. Cooney Weiland, Boston Bruins (1929-30) GP G A P +/- 44* 43* 30 73* -- You might not know Weiland (pictured above holding the Stanley Cup), but you should. He set the standard for big seasons during the NHL's early era, establishing a single-season points mark (73) that stood until Herb Cain had 82 in 1943-44. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to land Weiland the coveted Hart Trophy; he finished fourth in voting. 34. Joe Malone, Montreal Canadiens (1917-18) GP G A P +/- 20 44* 4 48* -- Malone was the NHL's first superstar, posting a goals-per-game rate that will never be matched. In fairness, he played in an era when the majority of teams had one or two goal-scoring threats at most, but that doesn't dampen the impact he had as the league's first scoring champ. Malone won a second scoring title in 1919-20 and finished his career with 143 goals in 126 games. 33. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres (1997-98) W L T GAA SV% SO 33 23 13 2.09 .932* 13* Hasek had a six-year stretch that rivals any goaltender in NHL history - and his performance in 1997-98 might have been his best. In addition to pacing the league in save percentage and shutouts, he led the way in games played (72) and saves (2,002) en route to a second consecutive Hart Trophy. He also captured the Vezina Trophy for the fourth time in five years. 32. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1991-92) GP G A P +/- 64 44 87 131* 27 Missing time was nothing new for Lemieux, but it must have been heartening for Penguins fans to at least get 64 games out of him after just 26 the season before. And it was more than enough action for Lemieux to secure his third scoring title, as he finished eight points ahead of Kevin Stevens. Lemieux added 34 points in 15 playoff games to help the Penguins repeat as champs. 31. Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens (1944-45) GP G A P +/- 50* 50* 23 73 -- While one voter was unimpressed by the feat, it's hard to argue with Richard's 50-goals-in-50-games season, which ranks among the most significant achievements in league annals. He was the only player to reach that plateau until 1960-61, when Bernie Geoffrion scored 50 goals in 64 games. Richard finished second in Hart Trophy voting to teammate Elmer Lach. 30. Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins (1995-96) GP G A P +/- 82 62 87 149 31 Never were Lemieux and Jagr more dangerous as a tandem than in 1995-96, when they combined for an incredible 131 goals and 179 assists. Jagr was a bit of a forgotten man amid his teammate's accolades, but the gifted winger still led the NHLin even-strength goals (41), game-winning tallies (12), and shots on goal (403) while finishing fourth in Hart Trophy balloting. 29. Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers (1973-74) W L T GAA SV% SO 47* 13 12 1.89* -- 12* Before Hasek and Martin Brodeur were posting double-digit shutout totals and sub-2.00 GAAs, there was Parent, who put together one of the greatest goaltending seasons in NHL history. His 19.94 goalie point shares in 1973-74 rank second all time for a single season; Parent then added 12 more wins in the playoffs to lead the Flyers to their first title. 28. George Hainsworth, Montreal Canadiens (1928-29) W L T GAA SV% SO 22 7 15* 0.92* -- 22* Gretzky might own the most NHL records, but Hainsworth (pictured above as a member of the Maple Leafs) owns two of the oldest. No one has been able to top his goals-against average or shutout marks from his magical 1928-29 season - in fact, no other netminder in NHL history has posted more than 15 shutouts in a single season. 27. Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers (1985-86) GP G A P +/- 79 48 90 138 61 Yep, those numbers actually belong to a defensemen. Coffey set the single-season record for goals by a blue-liner in 1985-86, fueled by an incredible nine short-handed tallies. The 138 points are the second most ever recorded in a season by a defenseman, and earned him his second consecutive Norris Trophy. He also placed fourth in Hart Trophy voting. 26. Bernie Nicholls, Los Angeles Kings (1988-89) GP G A P +/- 79 70 80 150 30 Not everyone is impressed with Nicholls' achievement - right, Josh? - but considering the company he now keeps, it's hard to argue with its significance. Nicholls is one of only five NHL players to record 150 points in a season, and while he had plenty of help from a certain No. 99, there's no denying his place in NHL history. 25. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1987-88) GP G A P +/- 64 40 109* 149 39 Injuries not only limited Gretzky to 64 games, but also ended his streak of scoring titles at eight - he finished 19 points behind Lemieux in the Art Ross competition. That said, he still managed to extend his 100-assist streak to eight straight seasons, and his 43 points (!) in 19 postseason games helped the Oilers capture their fourth Stanley Cup in five seasons. 24. Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins (1973-74) GP G A P +/- 78* 68* 77 145* 51 Esposito never did match his 152-point campaign from 1970-7, but he sure came close three years later. His 68 goals were the second most of his career, as were the 145 points. He swept the Art Ross, Pearson, and Hart trophies and was named an NHL First Team All-Star for the sixth consecutive season. That was the last time Esposito won a scoring title. 23. Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins (1973-74) GP G A P +/- 74 32 90* 122 84* So if Esposito won the scoring title and league MVP in 1971-72, how does Orr end up with the higher-ranked season? Perhaps because no blue-liner had ever done what Orr was doing - at 25, no less. He led the league in assists for the fourth time, reached the 120-point plateau for the third time, and paced the NHL in plus-minus for the fifth time in six seasons. Not bad. 22. Teemu Selanne, Winnipeg Jets (1992-93) GP G A P +/- 84 76* 56 132 8 Say what you will about whether Gretzky is the real record-holder for first-year NHL scoring, but you can't overlook what the Finnish Flash accomplished. Selanne obliterated the rookie goal-scoring mark by 23 - an incredible leap that will never be matched. He predictably ran away with the Calder Trophy and placed sixth in the Hart Trophy race. 21. Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings (1988-89) GP G A P +/- 78 54 114* 168 15 Gretzky's first season in Los Angeles following a stunning trade out of Edmonton was a roaring success. He earned his record ninth Hart Trophy as league MVP, and made a star out of the aforementioned Nicholls, among others. Gretzky added 22 points in 11 playoff games, but the Kings were bounced in the division finals.
  6. 60. Alec Connell, Ottawa Senators (1925-26) W L T GAA SV% SO 24* 8 4 1.12* -- 15* Ahhh, the good old days. Connell was as stingy as any goaltender has ever been in NHL's the 100-year history, allowing no more than one goal in 23 of his 36 games played. Unfortunately, his offense didn't do him any favors in the playoffs; while he allowed just two goals in the two-game series against the Montreal Maroons, Ottawa scored just once. 59. Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens (1975-76) W L T GAA SV% SO 42* 10 8 2.03* -- 8* Each of Dryden's five Vezina Trophy-winning seasons is special in one way or another; this one featured his highest single-season win total, as well as his lowest full-season goals-against average. And as usual, he saved his best work for the postseason - posting a 12-1 record with a minuscule 1.92 GAA and a shutout to lead Montreal to the first of four straight titles. 58. Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks (1969-70) W L T GAA SV% SO 38* 17 8 2.17 -- 15* When people talk rookie records, Teemu Selanne's name comes almost immediately to mind. But Before the Finnish Flash, there was Tony O, who took the NHL by storm as a first-year player in 1969-70. The 26-year-old posted the most shutouts ever by a rookie goaltender, earning both the Calder and Vezina Trophies while finishing second in the Hart Trophy race. 57. Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings (1952-53) GP G A P +/- 70* 49* 46* 95* -- Coming off a second straight scoring title and a second Stanley Cup title in three seasons, fans were expecting more of the same from Howe - and Mr. Hockey didn't disappoint in the slightest. He won the scoring title by an otherworldly 24 points over runner-up Ted Lindsay, while the 49 goals stood up as a career high for the then-24-year-old. 56. Adam Oates, Boston Bruins (1992-93) GP G A P +/- 84 45 97* 142 15 Known primarily for being one of the league's premier set-up men - just ask Brett Hull - Oates stunned everyone in 1992-93 by scoring 20 more goals than he had in any single season prior. He added a career-high assist total to finish third in league scoring behind Mario Lemieux and Pat LaFontaine despite losing future Hall of Fame winger Cam Neely for most of the season. 55. Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins (1968-69) GP G A P +/- 74 49 77* 126* 56 Esposito didn't just break the triple-digit point barrier - he shattered it into 126 pieces. Expo became the first player in NHL history with 100 or more points in a campaign, beating the previous single-season record by a whopping 29 points. That earned him both his first Art Ross Trophy and a runaway victory in the Hart Trophy voting. 54. Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings (1979-80) GP G A P +/- 80 53 84 137* 35 Wayne Gretzky should have won the NHL scoring title as a rookie - after all, 137 points was almost always good enough back then. But Dionne was juuust good enough to fend off the 19-year-old mega-star, finishing with the same number of points but scoring two more goals. It was the only Art Ross Trophy for Dionne, who finished second in the Hart and Lady Byng award voting. 53. Terry Sawchuk, Detroit Red Wings (1951-52) W L T GAA SV% SO 44* 14 12 1.90* -- 12* The first five seasons of Sawchuk's career measure up against any netminder in history - but it was his second full campaign that stands out above the rest. Sawchuk put together back-to-back 44-win seasons as part of the powerhouse Red Wings of the early-1950s, and his goals-against average and shutout tallies from that 1952-53 season stood up as career bests. 52. Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens (1976-77) W L T GAA SV% SO 41* 6 8 2.14 -- 10* In a career full of incredible seasons, the 1976-77 campaign might well have been Dryden's best. Imagine a starting netminder losing just six of his 56 games played; if that weren't enough, he rolled to a 12-2 record with a 1.55 GAA and four shutouts in the playoffs. Inexplicably, Dryden wasn't considered for the Hart Trophy - but he had no problem walking away with the Vezina. 51. Bernie Parent, Philadelphia Flyers (1974-75) W L T GAA SV% SO 44* 14 10 2.03* -- 12* For two seasons in the mid-1970s, there was no goaltender in the world better than Parent. Coming off one of the best showings in league history a year earlier, Parent provided a suitable encore, racking up a whopping 10 more victories than the next-best netminder. Parent was just as good in the playoffs (10-5, 1.89 GAA, 4 SOs) as the Flyers repeated as champs. 50. Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens (1977-78) GP G A P +/- 78 60* 72 132* 73* "The Flower" bloomed in a big way in 1977-78, reaching the 60-goal plateau for the only time in his career while exceeding 130 points for the second year in a row. His sensational season allowed him to repeat as Hart Trophy winner while securing his third straight Art Ross Trophy. He also led the way with 10 goals and 21 points in the playoffs, leading the Habs to their third straight Cup. 49. Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins (1971-72) GP G A P +/- 76 66* 67 133* 55 Nobody quite knew what to expect from Esposito in the first season following his 152-point breakout. It turned out, Espo had plenty left in the tank - finishing 16 goals ahead of the next-closest competitor while winning the scoring title by 16 points over teammate Bobby Orr. In addition to capturing his third Art Ross Trophy, Esposito finished third in Hart Trophy balloting. 48. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres (1993-94) W L T GAA SV% SO 30 20 6 1.95* .930* 7* While 1992-93 was all about the scoring, Hasek made sure goaltenders were given their due the following the season. Thrust into a full-time starting role for the first time, Hasek posted the first sub-2.00 goals-against average in two decades and the highest save percentage since the league began tracking the statistic in 1983-84. That earned him his first of six Vezina trophies. 47. Howie Morenz, Montreal Canadiens (1927-28) GP G A P +/- 43 33* 18* 51* -- Voters clearly disagreed over the value of a 50-point season from 90 years ago. But Morenz's dominance in 1927-28 can't be ignored; he was the first player to break the 50-point barrier, a mark he would reach twice more in his Hall of Fame career. Morenz fended off a challenge from goaltender Roy Worters to win his first of three league MVP awards. 46. Paul Coffey, Edmonton Oilers (1983-84) GP G A P +/- 80* 40 86 126 52 Not since Bobby Orr had the NHL seen such an offensively gifted blue-liner - and Coffey really let loose in 1983-84, joining Orr as the only defensemen to score 120 or more points in a season (an honor they still share). Yet, as good as Coffey was, Norris Trophy voters weren't quite sure what to make of his offense-first approach; he wound up finishing second to Rod Langway. 45. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers (1979-80) GP G A P +/- 79 51 86* 137* 15 It's hard to reconcile not one, but two voters leaving Gretzky's rookie campaign off their top-100 lists - but hey, it's not like this series isn't already chock full of The Great One. The 19-year-old blitzed the NHL from the start, setting a league record for points in the first season of a career. That year marked the start of a streak of eight consecutive Hart Trophies. 44. Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders (1978-79) GP G A P +/- 76 47 87* 134* 76* Few 22-year-olds have had a season like Trottier did nearly 40 years ago. The former second-round pick won an entertaining scoring race, fending off Marcel Dionne by four points and Guy Lafleur by five. The 134 points stood as a career best for Trottier, who would later become a pivotal piece in the Islanders' Stanley Cup dynasty. 43. Alexander Mogilny, Buffalo Sabres (1992-93) GP G A P +/- 77 76* 51 127 7 Prior to the 1992-93 season, new Sabres center Pat LaFontaine proclaimed he could help Mogilny score 70 goals. Sure enough, LaFontaine's promise came true; Mogilny tied Teemu Selanne for the league league in what was far and away the greatest season of his career. Yet, despite the incredible goal total, Mogilny was an afterthought in Hart voting. 42. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1984-85) GP G A P +/- 73 43 57 100 -35 Anyone who saw his electrifying goal on the first shift of his NHL career knew Super Mario was going to be in for a really good rookie season. And while it wasn't quite of Gretzky's caliber - particularly in the plus-minus department - the fact he was able to record 100 points on a team that was otherwise devoid of talent is nothing short of miraculous. Even for him. 41. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (2007-08) GP G A P +/- 82 65* 47 112* 28 Ovechkin did plenty of incredible things in his first two NHL seasons, but his third campaign remains the best of his career. Ovechkin became the first player in 12 years to score 60-plus goals in a season, and he racked up enough assists to hold off Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for his one and only scoring title. That earned Ovechkin the first of two straight Hart Trophy nods.
  7. This just might be one of the best Pavel Bure pictures ever. You've got one Islander defenceman deked out of his jockstrap laying prone on the ice. The goalie has been turned into a human pretzel. And there's Pavel on his feet scoring a goal despite the goalie's stick being in his feet.
  8. That is a very good point. We didn't have Ken Daneyko murdering people in front of the net. We had Kevin Bieksa passing the puck to the wrong team.
  9. I agree. I'd have snuck Lou on the list. So many great season's couldn't make the list for example: Lanny McDonald's 66 goal season is absent. Only 9 players have ever scored more in a single season. Dennis Maruk's 60 goal 136 point season didn't make it. Pierre Turgeon's 58 goals 132 points. Michel Goulet's 56 goals 121 points. Luc Robitialle's 63 goals 125 points. Doug Wilson's 39 goal season on defence. Maybe even Henrik Sedin's G 29 P 112 +/- 35 season where he put the team on his back after Daniel broke his foot and won the Hart and Art Ross. If the list was 120 I'd include all of those Plus I'd find an excuse to include a season from Denis "Peanut Butter" Potvin, Ray Bourque, Doug Harvey, Al MacInnes. It seems if your name wasn't Coffey or Orr and you played defence you got left out.
  10. Putting their seasons side by side Brodeur: GP 78 W 48 L 23 T 7 GAA 2.18 S% .922 SO 12 Luongo: GP 76 W 47 L 22 T 6 GAA 2.28 S% .921 SO 5 As great as Luongo was Brodeur was that much better. As far as him controlling the ice. IIRC In 89-90 there was a game against the Nordiques where Bourque set the NHL record for shots on goal in a single game with an unbelievable 19. 19 shots all by himself in a game that went 65 minutes and ended 3-3. 89-90 Wasn't even Bourque's best season statistically speaking. In 89-90 his stats were: 89-90 GP 76 G 19 A 65 P 84 +/- 31 83-84 GP 76 G 31 A 65 P 96 +/- 51 And the 83-84 season wasn't good enough to make the list.
  11. Saw this on the Score's site and figured it would be a nice trip down memory lane for some. It really is mind boggling to see the numbers and performances recounted. You just don't see numbers like this anymore and may never again. Since the list is so long I'll post the first 40 today. The next 40 tomorrow and the top 20 seasons on Sunday. Enjoy. *********************************** Throughout the month of September, James Bisson and a cast of editors from theScore will share their rankings of the greatest players, teams, and moments in the 100-year history of the National Hockey League. This week's list focuses on the best individual seasons (* denotes a statistic led the league). 100. Mark Messier, Edmonton Oilers (1989-90) GP G A P +/- 79 45 84 129 19 It was a sensational year for the Hall of Fame forward, who added nine goals and 22 assists in 22 playoff games to propel the Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup championship - and their first after trading Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Messier was awarded the Hart Trophy for his efforts; he would win a second with the New York Rangers four years later. 99. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils (1996-97) W L T GAA SV% SO 37 14 13 1.88* .927 10* Two voters considered Brodeur's 1996-97 season one of the 60 greatest of all time - and the other six experts left it out altogether. Brodeur was a monster that season, winning the Jennings Trophy, finishing second in Vezina Trophy voting, and coming fourth in the Hart race; he'd finish in the exact same positions the following season. 98. Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings (1951-52) GP G A P +/- 70* 47* 39 86* -- Coming off his first career Art Ross Trophy, the 23-year-old Howe (No. 9 shown above) rolled to his second straight NHL scoring title while adding his first Hart Trophy. He had two goals and five assists in seven playoff games, helping lead the Red Wings to their second Stanley Cup title in three years; in un-Gordie-like fashion, he had just two penalty minutes in that postseason. 97. Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Kings (1993-94) GP G A P +/- 81 38 92* 130* -25 This marks the first mention of a guy you'll be reading about a lot in this series. Gretzky's 11th and final scoring title wasn't exactly full of roses and rainbows; his plus-minus was the worst of his incredible career, and he missed the playoffs for the first time. But you would be hard-pressed to find a player today who wouldn't "settle" for a season like this. 96. Ken Dryden, Montreal Canadiens (1977-78) W L T GAA SV% SO 37 7 7 2.05* -- 5 It was a ho-hum season by Dryden's lofty standards, but it was still good enough to earn him his fourth of five career Vezina Trophies. Incredibly, the 1977-78 season marked the fifth time Dryden played a full complement of games and finished with single-digit defeats; he had just 10 losses in his other two full seasons. 95. Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers (2005-06) GP G A P +/- 82 54 69 123 34 The 2005-06 season saw a number of virtuoso performances, but perhaps none were more surprising than Jagr's. After three consecutive good-but-not-great campaigns, the 33-year-old rolled to second place in the scoring race with his first 50-goal season since 2000-01. The sensational showing earned him the Pearson Award and a runner-up finish in the Hart race. 94. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres (1996-97) W L T GAA SV% SO 37 20 10 2.27 .930* 5 No superlative is too over-the-top when describing Hasek, who had a season to remember 20 years ago as he posted one of the best save percentages in the modern era. It was by no means his best season, but his performance - combined with no real standout offensive showing - led to his first of two straight Harts. This ranking is probably too low. 93. Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks (1973-74) W L T GAA SV% SO 34 14 21* 2.04 -- 10 Esposito's fifth full NHL season didn't resonate with the majority of voters, but it's hard to ignore how effective he was; he lost just 14 games despite making a career-best 70 appearances, en route to his third and final Vezina Trophy. Esposito wouldn't reach those lofty heights again for six years, when he would finish third in Hart voting as a 36-year-old. 92. Steve Shutt, Montreal Canadiens (1976-77) GP G A P +/- 80* 60* 45 105 88 Shutt enjoyed a quietly productive career, and the 1976-77 season was the highlight. His 60 goals marked the only time he scored 50-plus in a season, and he also led the NHL in even-strength tallies (52) and game-winning goals (nine). Shutt was named to the NHL's First All-Star Team, but was shut out of Hart voting that season. 91. Denis Savard, Chicago Blackhawks (1987-88) GP G A P +/- 80* 44 87 131 4 This was the piece de resistance of Savard's impressive 18-year NHL career; the slick-skating native of Pointe Gatineau, Quebec finished fifth in Hart voting while trailing only Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky in league scoring. It was the last of five 100-point seasons for Savard, who finished with 1,338 points en route to a Hall of Fame nod in 2000. 90. Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche (2000-01) GP G A P +/- 82 54 64 118 45* Everything came together for Sakic in 2000-01, as he took home the Hart, Pearson, and Lady Byng Trophies while finishing second in Selke Trophy voting. His 12 game-winning goals easily surpassed his previous career best of nine, and he chipped in 13 goals and 13 assists in 21 games to lead the Avalanche to their second Stanley Cup title. 89. Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders (1977-78) GP G A P +/- 77 46 77* 123 52 After two promising seasons with the up-and-coming Islanders, Trottier broke out in a big way in 1977-78, leading the league in assists to reach the NHL First All-Star Team and finish second in Hart voting. Trottier enjoyed plenty of success in his early 20s as part of the Islanders' dynasty, but - like many others - was overshadowed by Gretzky in the early '80s. 88. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks (2005-06) GP G A P +/- 81 29 96* 125* 31 Not many players with top-100 seasons were traded at some point during their campaign, but Thornton is a notable exception. After being dealt from Boston to San Jose, Thornton recorded 92 points in just 58 games with the Sharks en route to the Hart and Art Ross Trophies; he would go on to lead the NHL in assists in three straight seasons. 87. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils (2006-07) W L T GAA SV% SO 48* 23 7 2.18 .922 12* Many expected the increased offense brought about after the 2004-05 lockout would dampen goalie statistics. Someone forgot to tell Brodeur, who followed an impressive 2005-06 by establishing a league record for victories while also leading the NHL in games played (78), total saves (2,011), and minutes played (4,697). That earned him his third of four Vezinas. 86. Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers (1975-76) GP G A P +/- 76 30 89* 119 83* He was known for being a rough-and-tumble player who provided great postgame quotes, but Clarke was also one of the premier playmakers of his time. His second consecutive 89-assist season led him to a career-best point total, earning him his third Hart Trophy in a four-season span. A third straight Stanley Cup title was not in the cards, however, despite Clarke's 16 playoff points. 85. Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers (1999-2000) GP G A P +/- 74 58* 36 94 25 Even while the neutral-zone trap produced historically low scoring totals, Bure remained one of the biggest offensive threats of his generation. The former Vancouver Canucks megastar was a sight to behold in his first full season in Florida, leading the NHL in goals by a whopping 14 tallies to capture his first of two Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophies. 84. Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens (1978-79) GP G A P +/- 80* 52 77 129 56 Lafleur's five-season stretch from 1975-76 to 1979-80 stands as one of the best in NHL history; while he didn't lead the league in goals or assists in 1978-79, he did have an NHL-best 12 game-winning goals - his fourth time leading the league in five years - and he finished second in the Hart race. He added 23 playoff points as the Habs won their fourth Cup in a row. 83. Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens (1988-89) W L T GAA SV% SO 33 5 6 2.47* .908* 4 The '80s are known for producing many of the top offensive seasons in NHL history - but, as you'll see, the decade also offered a handful of goalie performances that warrant a mention. Roy had been solid in his first three full seasons, but took it to another level in 1988-89, rolling to his first Vezina Trophy; he also went 13-6 with a 2.09 GAA in the playoffs as Montreal fell in the final. 82. Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal Canadiens (1960-61) GP G A P +/- 64 50* 45 95* -- It's tough to be the second guy to achieve a major accomplishment - but Geoffrion resonated with more than half the voters after becoming the second player (following teammate Maurice Richard) to score 50 goals in a season. It helped that Geoffrion added 45 assists for his second NHL scoring title; he also won his only Hart Trophy that year in a narrow vote over Johnny Bower. 81. Peter Stastny, Quebec Nordiques (1981-82) GP G A P +/- 80 46 93 139 -10 The second-leading scorer in the 1980s behind only Gretzky, Stastny improved dramatically on his 109-point rookie campaign, finishing third in league scoring (albeit 73 points behind The Great One) and earning fourth place in the Hart Trophy race. It was the best season of an illustrious career that saw Stastny reach the 100-point mark seven times. 80. Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres (1994-95) W L T GAA SV% SO 19 14 7 2.11* .930* 5* This might be one of the most contentious inclusions on the list. While Hasek did lead the league in save percentage, goals-against average, and shutouts, his good-but-not-great W-L record and the taint of a shortened season might have played a role in this year not measuring up against his best. Still, it did earn him a second consecutive Vezina Trophy nod. 79. Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins (2000-01) GP G A P +/- 81 52 69* 121* 19 Many consider Jagr's 2000-01 showing the last great offensive performance prior to the 2004-05 full-season lockout. It also capped an incredible run of dominance for Jagr, as he captured the last of four straight scoring titles. Not surprisingly, he won just one Hart Trophy in that stretch, as sensational goaltender seasons seized the spotlight. 78. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1986-87) GP G A P +/- 63 54 53 107 13 There are two clear lines of thinking on Lemieux's injury-shortened 1986-87 campaign: voters either punished him for missing 17 games, or rewarded his dominance when he was in the lineup. However you choose to remember it, Lemieux was magnificent enough in limited time to earn fourth place in Hart Trophy voting that season. 77. Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins (1996-97) GP G A P +/- 76 50 72* 122* 27 The season Lemieux put together a decade later was far less contentious, thanks in no small part to "Le Magnifique" winning his sixth scoring title. It was a bittersweet performance, as he would retire due to chronic injuries following the playoffs. Though he made a stunning return three-and-a-half years later, 1996-97 marked his final Art Ross Trophy. 76. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (2014-15) W L T GAA SV% SO 44* 16 6 1.96* .933* 9 Canadiens fans had been waiting for Price to live up to his potential - but not even the most die-hard Montreal supporter could have predicted what would transpire in 2014-15, when he swept the Hart, Vezina, Jennings, and Pearson trophies in one of the most dominant post-lockout performances by a goaltender. The 44 victories are a Canadiens franchise record. 75. Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings (1989-90) GP G A P +/- 79 62 65 127 -6 Most of the attention paid to Yzerman's outstanding career focuses on his 155-point season (which we'll get to in the future). But he followed that up with an almost-as-impressive year in which he became one of just a handful of players to record back-to-back 60-goal seasons. He was seventh in Hart Trophy voting, and didn't finish higher the rest of his career. 74. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (2011-12) GP G A P +/- 82 60* 37 97 7 Traditionalists might claim recency bias here, but it can't be overstated how difficult it is to score 60 goals in the modern NHL. Stamkos did so as an electrifying 21-year-old, capturing his second Rocket Richard Trophy while piling up a league-best 12 game-winning goals. The goal-scoring barrage earned him second place in the Hart Trophy race. 73. Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Red Wings (1993-94) GP G A P +/- 82 56 64 120 48 This might be one of the most underrated performances of the 1990s. The 24-year-old Russian phenom established career bests in goals and points, finishing second to Gretzky in league scoring while capturing his one and only Hart Trophy. Known primarily as a defensive forward, Fedorov capped a rare triple by winning the Pearson and Selke trophies, as well. 72. Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens (1975-76) GP G A P +/- 80 56 69 125* 68 It all came together at the same time for Lafleur and the Canadiens. His first career scoring title coincided with the first of Montreal's four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the late 1970s. Lafleur's 12 game-winning goals paced the league, and he finished in the top three in both the Hart Trophy and Lady Byng Trophy balloting. 71. Pete Peeters, Boston Bruins (1982-83) W L T GAA SV% SO 40* 11 9 2.36* -- 8* Voting was split on Peeters, whose amazing season gets largely overlooked amid the crazy scoring lines of the 1980s. He posted a goalie point share of 16.3 - more than 5.5 points ahead of the next-closest netminder - and was the only goaltender in the league with a GAA south of 2.50. Gretzky and his 196 points ran away with the Hart, but Peeters was a deserving runner-up. 70. Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins (1974-75) GP G A P +/- 79 61* 66 127 18 Esposito's final full season as a Bruin was a memorable one, as he won the goal-scoring crown for a sixth consecutive season while finishing second in the scoring race to teammate Bobby Orr. It marked the last big season for the superstar forward, who was dealt to the Rangers the following season and didn't finish with more than 83 points in a year the rest of the way. 69. Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks (1965-66) GP G A P +/- 65 54* 43 97* -- Hull doesn't get much credit for being the first player in NHL history to score more than 50 goals in a season; perhaps the novelty of the 50-goal campaign wore off for a handful of voters. Hull's third scoring title also resulted in his second consecutive Hart Trophy nod, as he beat out Jean Beliveau for the honor. Hull would go on to win the goals title in each of the next three years. 68. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (2006-07) GP G A P +/- 79 36 84 120* 10 Much was expected of Crosby when the Penguins made him the first overall pick in 2005 - and boy, did he come through in his first two NHL seasons. After scoring 102 points as a rookie, Crosby followed that up by winning the scoring title as a 19-year-old - joining Gretzky as the only players to do so. With it, he also captured his first Hart Trophy. 67. Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins (1972-73) GP G A P +/- 63 29 72 101 56 With five seasons of 115+ points on his incredible Hall of Fame resume, it didn't impress some of the voters that Orr managed "only" 101 points as a 24-year-old. But it was still one of the most impressive seasons ever put together by a defenseman. He finished third in the Hart Trophy voting and was a runaway winner of the Norris Trophy for the sixth year in a row. 66. Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins (2010-11) W L T GAA SV% SO 35 11 9 2.00* .938* 9 Thomas' time among the NHL elite was brief - he didn't break in as a starting netminder until he was 31 - but he made a significant impact in his short tenure. He was far and away the best goalie in the league in 2010-11, easily outdistancing Pekka Rinne for the Vezina Trophy after posting the best single-season save percentage in league history at the time. 65. Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings (1980-81) GP G A P +/- 80 58 77 135 55 Dionne was fortunate enough to win the 1979-80 scoring title by virtue of having more goals than Gretzky. No such luck the following season - Gretzky won in a walk - but Dionne was terrific in his own right, narrowly missing out on a career best in points while leading the league in shots for the fourth time in five seasons. He wound up third in Hart Trophy voting. 64. Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins (1972-73) GP G A P +/- 78 55* 75* 130* 16 It might not rank as the best season of his Hall of Fame career, but 1972-73 was certainly one of Esposito's most complete campaigns, marking the only time he led the NHL in both goals and assists. He also paced the league in shorthanded markers (five) and game-winning tallies (11), while placing second in Hart Trophy balloting. 63. Tony Esposito, Chicago Black Hawks (1971-72) W L T GAA SV% SO 31 10 6 1.77* -- 9* Sides are divided on Esposito's third NHL season. While he posted a career-best goals-against average and led the league in shutouts, he played just 48 of 78 games - resulting in him finishing outside the top five in Hart Trophy voting. He was also a major disappointment in the postseason, going 2-3 with a 3.20 GAA as Chicago was swept in the semifinals . 62. Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles Kings (1978-79) GP G A P +/- 80* 59 71 130 23 The first of Dionne's three consecutive 130-point seasons might have been his best of the bunch. He established a career best in goals, kick-starting a streak of five consecutive 50-goal campaigns in the process. He won the Pearson Award for his efforts, but couldn't duplicate his success in the playoffs, recording a single assist and a minus-5 rating in two postseason games. 61. Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins (1998-99) GP G A P +/- 81 44 83* 127* 17 Fans might not remember just how big an offensive threat Jagr was in the late-1990s, when he racked up four consecutive scoring titles while surpassing the 120-point plateau twice despite goal-scoring around the league plummeting. Jagr also led the league in even-strength goals (33) in 1998-99, en route to his one and only Hart Trophy.
  12. Trump says he will support 3-month debt limit extension Trump comment: Trump says he would support the three-month debt extension limit that's under consideration, according to a source cited by Reuters. The bill will contain disaster aid and a temporary spending bill.!/trump-i-would-support-3-month-debt-limit-extension-20170906 Bloomberg says they have a deal Earlier today Goldman Said there was a 15% chance no deal would get done. You can take that down close to zero. The report says the debt limit will be raised through December 15. The package also includes Harvey aid and government funding.!/debt-limit-deal-between-democrats-and-republicans-done-report-20170906 ************************** It's only extending it 3 months but still it's a pretty big deal.
  13. The Bank of Canada surprises with a rate hike 9/6/17 The Bank of Canada unexpectedly hiked its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.00% on Wednesday, citing stronger than expected economic data. The majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast that the central bank would hold at this meeting. "Recent economic data have been stronger than expected, supporting the Bank's view that growth in Canada is becoming more broad-based and self-sustaining," the bank said in the accompanying statement. The bank also said that although the global economy is seeing stronger than expected growth indicators there are "significant geopolitical risks and uncertainties around international trade and fiscal policies remain, leading to a weaker US dollar against many major currencies." Wednesday marks the bank's second consecutive rate hike. At its previous meeting in July, the BoC raised its key rate for the first time in seven years, also by 25 basis points. Investors had been expecting the bank to hike one more time this year, said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, in emailed comments ahead of Wednesday's rate decision. However, most thought the rate hike would come later in the year, not at the September meeting. Looking forward, the BoC suggested that there could be more rate hikes in the future. "While we can’t rule out another rate hike before the end of this year, we should note that the economy is still overly dependent on the heavily indebted household sector to support economic growth," said David Madani, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, in emailed comments. "That was possible when housing prices were rising rapidly and interest rates were at record lows. But both of those supports are clearly fading." "With the housing market teetering even before rates began to rise, we expect the economy to lose momentum before the year is over, prompting the Bank to abort its rate hike cycle." The Canadian dollar shot up after the announcement. It was stronger by 1.1% at 1.2238 at 10:05 a.m. ET after holding little changed ahead of the decision.
  14. They were way too cerebral to get as big as they should have been. So many classics. RIP Walter.
  15. August jobs report was a big dud. Expectations were for 180K jobs created. Actual number was 156K. Average hourly earnings were expected to rise .2%. Actual was a rise of .1%. Unemployment rate unexpectedly rose from 4.3% to 4.4%. In addition to that the July number was revised lower from 209K to 189K. June was revised lower from 222K to 201K. Jobs report misses, unemployment rate climbs Job creation in the US slowed in August after a stronger start to the summer, and the unemployment rate ticked up from a 16-year low. A report Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the US economy added 156,000 jobs in August, fewer than economists had expected. The unemployment rate rose to 4.4% from 4.3%. Economists had forecast that the pace of job creation slowed to a net total of 180,000 nonfarm payrolls, according to Bloomberg. The BLS also subtracted 41,000 jobs from its initial estimate of the prior two months. It noted that Hurricane Harvey had "no discernible effect" on the August jobs numbers because it conducted the survey for its report before the storm. The hurricane's impact is likely to show up in a few weeks in initial filings for unemployment claims. "It's going to be more difficult in the next two months to gauge the jobs market," said Carl Tannenbaum, the chief economist at Northern Trust. "The next one or two months are going to be colored by the impact of Hurricane Harvey," he told Business Insider. Manufacturing stuck out as a strong sector last month, adding 36,000 payrolls. Retail hiring increased for a second straight month — but only by 800 jobs amid mass store closings. Wage growth was expected to pick up slightly but remains sluggish. That's partly because baby boomers are retiring and being replaced by young workers with low-paying jobs. Average hourly earnings rose 0.1% month-on-month, softer than expected, and 2.5% year-on-year, both weaker than expected. The lack of wage growth is puzzling since the unemployment rate is so low, and it may give the Federal Reserve some hesitation in raising interest rates. The Fed meets later this month to decide whether to raise borrowing costs, though economists don't expect it to hike.