2005 Calder Cup playoffs

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The 2005 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 19, 2005.[1] The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-7 series for division semifinals, finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 10, 2005 with the Philadelphia Phantoms defeating the Chicago Wolves four games to none to win the second Calder Cup in team history.[2] Philadelphia's Antero Niittymaki won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.[3]

Philadelphia set an AHL record by winning 11 consecutive home games in a single playoff.[4]


Playoff seeds[edit]

After the 2004–05 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Rochester Americans were the Western Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Manchester Monarchs were the Eastern Conference regular season champions.[5]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

  1. Manchester Monarchs - Eastern Conference regular season champions, 110 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 106 points
  3. Lowell Lock Monsters - 100 points
  4. Providence Bruins - 90 points

East Division[edit]

  1. Binghamton Senators - 106 points
  2. Philadelphia Phantoms - 103 points
  3. Norfolk Admirals - 93 points
  4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 92 points

Western Conference[edit]

North Division[edit]

  1. Rochester Americans - Western Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 112 points
  2. St. John's Maple Leafs - 98 points
  3. Manitoba Moose - 98 points
  4. Hamilton Bulldogs - 89 points

West Division[edit]

  1. Chicago Wolves - 105 points
  2. Milwaukee Admirals - 103 points
  3. Cincinnati Mighty Ducks - 93 points
  4. Houston Aeros - 92 points


Division SemifinalsDivision FinalsConference FinalsCalder Cup Final
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
East Division
North Division
N2St. John's1
Western Conference
West Division

In each round the higher seed receives home ice advantage, meaning they can play a maximum of four home games if the series reaches seven games. There is no set series format for each series due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.[6]

Division Semifinals[edit]

Note 1: All times are in Eastern Time (UTC-4).
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.
Note 3: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

(A1) Manchester Monarchs vs. (A4) Providence Bruins[edit]
Providence won series 4 – 2

(A2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A3) Lowell Lock Monsters[edit]
Lowell won series 4 – 2

East Division[edit]

(E1) Binghamton Senators vs. (E4) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 – 2

(E2) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E3) Norfolk Admirals[edit]
Philadelphia won series 4 - 2

Western Conference[edit]

North Division[edit]

(N1) Rochester Americans vs. (N4) Hamilton Bulldogs[edit]
Rochester won series 4 - 0

(N2) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (N3) Manitoba Moose[edit]
Manitoba won series 4 - 1

West Division[edit]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (W4) Houston Aeros[edit]
Chicago won series 4 - 1

(W2) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (W3) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks[edit]
Cincinnati won series 4 - 3

Division Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

(A3) Lowell Lock Monsters vs. (A4) Providence Bruins[edit]
Providence won series 4 - 1

East Division[edit]

(E2) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E4) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit]
Philadelphia won series 4 - 1

Western Conference[edit]

North Division[edit]

(N1) Rochester Americans vs. (N3) Manitoba Moose[edit]
Manitoba won series 4 - 1

West Division[edit]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (W3) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks[edit]
Chicago won series 4 - 1

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

(E2) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (A4) Providence Bruins[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4 - 2

Western Conference[edit]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (N3) Manitoba Moose[edit]

Chicago won series 4 - 0

Calder Cup Final[edit]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (E2) Philadelphia Phantoms[edit]

Philadelphia won series 4 - 0

Playoff statistical leaders[edit]

Leading skaters[edit]

These are the top ten skaters based on points. If there is a tie in points, goals take precedence over assists.

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Carter, JeffJeff CarterPhiladelphia Phantoms21121123+1012
Sharp, PatrickPatrick SharpPhiladelphia Phantoms2181321+920
Hilbert, AndyAndy HilbertProvidence Bruins1771421+327
Aucoin, KeithKeith AucoinProvidence Bruins1741418–518
Sim, JonJon SimPhiladelphia Phantoms2110717+744
Boyes, BradBrad BoyesProvidence Bruins168715–123
Richards, MikeMike RichardsPhiladelphia Phantoms147815+828
Green, JoshJosh GreenManitoba Moose149514–126
Goren, LeeLee GorenManitoba Moose1410313+423
Ready, RyanRyan ReadyPhiladelphia Phantoms1921113+56

Leading goaltenders[edit]

This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage with at least 420 minutes played. The table is initially sorted by goals against average, with the criterion for inclusion in bold.

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; SO = Shutouts; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes)

Kari LehtonenChicago Wolves16106457281.71.9392983
Antero NiittymakiPhiladelphia Phantoms21155648371.75.94331269
Wade FlahertyManitoba Moose1284329292.42.9122720
Hannu ToivonenProvidence Bruins17107547422.43.92301038
Andy ChiodoWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins954244232.48.9061556
Cam WardLowell Lock Monsters1156340282.53.9182664
Brian FinleyMilwaukee Admirals734229202.62.9131458

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
  2. ^ "Philadelphia Phantoms history timeline". phantomshockey.com. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2008. 
  3. ^ Jack A. Butterfield Trophy AHL Hall of Fame. Retrieved on May 5, 2008
  4. ^ Calder Cup record book: Teams caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 5, 2008
  5. ^ 2004-05 AHL Standings HockeyDB. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
  6. ^ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
2004 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
Succeeded by
2006 Calder Cup playoffs