NHL By the Numbers final results and totals.
- View SourceSunday, April 9, 2000
Jagr edges Bure for Art Ross
By PIERRE LEBRUN -- The Canadian Press
Pavel Bure scored his league-leading 58th goal of the season Sunday
but it wasn't enough to catch Jaromir Jagr in the overall points
race, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar his third straight Art
The consolation prize for the Russian Rocket was the Maurice (Rocket)
Richard Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top goal-scorer in honour of the
former Montreal Canadiens star. Bure, who helped the Florida Panthers
to their winningest season ever, was the only shooter to top the 50-
Bure played 74 games this season and racked up 94 points after
having off-season knee surgery.
"After having the surgery, I'm amazed I wound up with (so many)
goals," Bure said Sunday. "Every season is different. This year,
things are going well. Next year, who knows? I may wind up with 20
Jagr, who finished with 42 goals and 54 assists for 96 points,
became the first player to win three straight scoring titles since
Wayne Gretzky won seven in a row with the Edmonton Oilers from 1980-
81 to 1986-87. Jagr's former teammate Mario Lemieux won six Art Ross
Trophies, but never three in a row.
But Jagr, who appeared in only 63 games, missed the 100-point
plateau. It's the first time since 1967-68, when Stan Mikita won the
Art Ross with 87 points, that the NHL's scoring leader hasn't
surpassed the century mark (not counting 1994-95 lockout season).
Perhaps the quietest achievement of the season goes to winger Mark
Recchi of the Philadelphia Flyers, who led the league in assists with
63, seven ahead of Washington Capitals centre Adam Oates.
St. Louis Blues defenceman Chris Pronger, the favourite for the
Norris Trophy as the league's top defenceman, posted the best plus-
minus in the NHL, an astonishing plus-52. Veteran defenceman Chris
Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings was second at plus-48. Pronger also
won the award in 1997-98.
As for goaltending, who says the Philadelphia Flyers have problems
in net? Rookie Brian Boucher, who will start in the post-season ahead
of veteran John Vanbiesbrouck, finished with the league's lowest
goals-against average at 1.91.
Boucher, who played in 35 games, is the first rookie since the 1950-
51 season to appear in at least 25 games and have an average under
two goals. Al Rollins of Toronto (1.77 in 40 games) and Terry Sawchuk
with Detroit (1.99 in 70 games) were the last to do it.
"It's exciting," Boucher said. "It's a team stat and I think the
guys realized in these last couple of games because they played real
hard for me.
"Fifty years is a long time and you only get one shot at being a
Goaltender Roman Turek and the St. Louis Blues, winners of the
President's Trophy with a league-high 114 points, also captured the
Williams Jennings Trophy after allowing a league-low 165 goals
There's no trophy for the team that scores the most goals, but for
the record the Red Wings were No. 1 with 278.
A quick look at NHL leaders after the end of the regular season on
Individual Most Points: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh, 96.
Most Goals: Pavel Bure, Florida, 58.
Most Assists: Mark Recchi, Philadelphia, 63.
Most Penalty Minutes: Denny Lambert, Atlanta, 219.
Most Shots on Goal: Pavel Bure, Florida, 361.
Most Hits: Brendan Witt, Washington, 322.
Most Shutouts: Roman Turek, St. Louis, 9.
Best Goals-Against Average: Brian Boucher, Philadelphia, 1.91.
Best Plus/Minus: Chris Pronger, St. Louis, plus-52.
Best Faceoff Win Percentage: Yanic Perreault, Toronto, 61.8 per
Top average ice time: Chris Pronger, St. Louis, 30 minutes 14
Most Points: St. Louis, 114.
Most Goals: Detroit, 278.
Fewest Goals Allowed: St. Louis, 165.