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96-97OttSen
1996–97 Ottawa Senators · NHL
Division 3rd Northeast Division
Conference 7th Eastern Conference
1996–97 record 31–36–15
Home record 16–17–8
Road record 15–19–7
Goals for 226
Goals against 234
General Manager Pierre Gauthier
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Randy Cunneyworth
Alternate captains Unknown
Unknown
Arena Corel Centre
Average attendance 15,371 per game (630,196 total)
Team leaders
Goals Alexei Yashin (35)
Assists Daniel Alfredsson (47)
Points Alexei Yashin (75)
Penalties in minutes Denny Lambert (217)
Wins Ron Tugnutt (17)
Goals against average Damian Rhodes (2.72)

The 1996–97 Ottawa Senators season was a season of great improvement by the club, as the team finished out of last place in the NHL for the first time in team history, and went on to qualify for the 1997 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Senators lost in the first round (Conference quarter-finals) to the Buffalo Sabres.

Regular seasonEdit

Ottawa would get off to a slow start, with a 7–12–6 record in their first 25 games, but as the season would go on, the team would get better, finishing with a .500 record in their remaining 57 games, and would earn 45 points in the last 41 games of the regular season. The Sens would go 10–4–2 in their final 16 games of the season, including a 1–0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the final game of the season to earn a playoff berth.

Alexei Yashin and Daniel Alfredsson would lead the club offensively, while Ron Tugnutt and Damian Rhodes would provide very solid goaltending for the team throughout the season.

Final standingsEdit

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 82 40 30 12 237 208 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 38 36 8 285 280 84
Ottawa Senators 82 31 36 15 226 234 77
Montreal Canadiens 82 31 36 15 249 276 77
Hartford Whalers 82 32 39 11 226 256 75
Boston Bruins 82 26 47 9 234 300 61

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 5, 19963–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 0–0–1
2TOctober 9, 19963–3 OT New York Islanders (1996–97) 0–0–2
3WOctober 11, 19963–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 1–0–2
4LOctober 12, 19962–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 1–1–2
5TOctober 18, 19962–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 1–1–3
6WOctober 19, 19966–3 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 2–1–3
7LOctober 23, 19962–5 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 2–2–3
8WOctober 24, 19965–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 3–2–3
9LOctober 26, 19961–5 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 3–3–3
10TOctober 30, 19962–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 3–3–4
11TNovember 1, 19962–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 3–3–5
12LNovember 2, 19963–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 3–4–5
13WNovember 7, 19966–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 4–4–5
14LNovember 9, 19963–4 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 4–5–5
15LNovember 10, 19960–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 4–6–5
16LNovember 13, 19960–4 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 4–7–5
17WNovember 15, 19964–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 5–7–5
18WNovember 16, 19964–1 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 6–7–5
19LNovember 19, 19961–2 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 6–8–5
20TNovember 23, 19963–3 OT Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 6–8–6
21WNovember 27, 19962–1 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 7–8–6
22LNovember 29, 19960–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 7–9–6
23LNovember 30, 19963–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 7–10–6
24LDecember 4, 19962–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 7–11–6
25LDecember 6, 19962–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 7–12–6
26WDecember 7, 19963–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 8–12–6
27TDecember 10, 19965–5 OT @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 8–12–7
28LDecember 13, 19962–4 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 8–13–7
29LDecember 15, 19960–4 Dallas Stars (1996–97) 8–14–7
30WDecember 19, 19965–2 Florida Panthers (1996–97) 9–14–7
31LDecember 21, 19962–3 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 9–15–7
32WDecember 23, 19966–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 10–15–7
33WDecember 26, 19965–2 New York Rangers (1996–97) 11–15–7
34LDecember 28, 19962–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 11–16–7
35LDecember 30, 19963–4 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 11–17–7
36WJanuary 1, 19973–2 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 12–17–7
37LJanuary 3, 19970–1 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 12–18–7
38LJanuary 4, 19974–6 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 12–19–7
39LJanuary 6, 19973–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 12–20–7
40LJanuary 9, 19970–2 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 12–21–7
41TJanuary 11, 19973–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 12–21–8
42WJanuary 13, 19974–3 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 13–21–8
43WJanuary 15, 19975–1 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 14–21–8
44LJanuary 22, 19971–4 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 14–22–8
45TJanuary 24, 19972–2 OT Calgary Flames (1996–97) 14–22–9
46WJanuary 27, 19975–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 15–22–9
47TJanuary 29, 19971–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 15–22–10
48LJanuary 30, 19972–5 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 15–23–10
49WFebruary 1, 19972–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 16–23–10
50WFebruary 3, 19976–4 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 17–23–10
51WFebruary 4, 19974–3 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 18–23–10
52TFebruary 8, 19973–3 OT San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 18–23–11
53LFebruary 9, 19971–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 18–24–11
54TFebruary 11, 19975–5 OT @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 18–24–12
55LFebruary 13, 19972–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 18–25–12
56LFebruary 15, 19971–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 18–26–12
57WFebruary 16, 19974–2 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 19–26–12
58WFebruary 18, 19976–1 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 20–26–12
59TFebruary 20, 19971–1 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 20–26–13
60LFebruary 23, 19973–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 20–27–13
61LFebruary 26, 19975–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 20–28–13
62WFebruary 28, 19974–1 New York Islanders (1996–97) 21–28–13
63LMarch 1, 19971–3 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 21–29–13
64LMarch 5, 19971–4 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 21–30–13
65LMarch 6, 19970–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 21–31–13
66LMarch 8, 19971–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 21–32–13
67WMarch 10, 19974–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 22–32–13
68LMarch 14, 19973–4 OT New York Rangers (1996–97) 22–33–13
69TMarch 15, 19972–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 22–33–14
70WMarch 17, 19974–3 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 23–33–14
71TMarch 20, 19972–2 OT Florida Panthers (1996–97) 23–33–15
72WMarch 22, 19975–4 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 24–33–15
73LMarch 25, 19970–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 24–34–15
74WMarch 27, 19973–2 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 25–34–15
75WMarch 29, 19975–2 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 26–34–15
76WApril 2, 19972–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 27–34–15
77WApril 3, 19974–0 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 28–34–15
78LApril 5, 19972–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 28–35–15
79LApril 6, 19971–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 28–36–15
80WApril 9, 19975–4 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 29–36–15
81WApril 11, 19973–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 30–36–15
82WApril 12, 19971–0 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 31–36–15

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PlayoffsEdit

The Ottawa Senators ended the 1996–97 regular season as the Eastern Conference's seventh seed. The Senators faced the Buffalo Sabres, and nearly pulled off the upset against their heavily favoured opponent, losing to the Sabres in overtime in the seventh game of the series, ending a very memorable season for the team.

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (2) Buffalo SabresEdit

Buffalo wins series 4–3

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 17 Ottawa 0 – 1 Buffalo 0 – 1
2 April 19 Ottawa 3 – 1 Buffalo 1 – 1
3 April 21 Buffalo 3 – 2 Ottawa 1 – 2
4 April 23 Buffalo 0 – 1 Ottawa 2 – 2
5 April 25 Ottawa 4 – 1 Buffalo 3 – 2
6 April 27 Buffalo 3 – 0 Ottawa 3 – 3
7 April 29 Ottawa 2 – 3 Buffalo 3 – 4

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 82 35 40 75 44-71005
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 76 24 47 71 3051111
Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle C 82 26 25 51 33-33405
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 78 19 28 47 38-91023
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 76 12 24 36 99-7603
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 79 12 19 31 8-6203
McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern RW 65 11 20 31 18-5012
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 82 6 24 30 411201
Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok C 57 12 16 28 192500
Chorske, TomTom Chorske LW 68 18 8 26 16-1111
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 80 11 14 25 35-8112
Gardiner, BruceBruce Gardiner RW 67 11 10 21 494012
York, JasonJason York D 75 4 17 21 67-8100
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 76 3 18 21 76-14200
Lambert, DennyDenny Lambert LW 80 4 16 20 217-4001
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 53 5 13 18 14-4010
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 66 5 5 10 912001
Zent, JasonJason Zent LW 22 3 3 6 95000
Olsson, ChristerChrister Olsson D 25 2 3 5 10-5100
Chasse, DenisDenis Chasse RW 22 1 4 5 193000
Musil, FrantisekFrantisek Musil D 57 0 5 5 586000
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 34 2 2 4 8-1011
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes G 50 0 2 2 20000
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 21 0 1 1 8-4000
Crowe, PhilPhil Crowe LW 26 0 1 1 300000
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 37 0 1 1 00000
Vial, DennisDennis Vial D/LW 11 0 1 1 250000
Von Stefenelli, PhilPhil Von Stefenelli D 6 0 1 1 7-3000
Bales, MikeMike Bales G 1 0 0 0 00000
Hill, SeanSean Hill D 5 0 0 0 41000
Neckar, StanStan Neckar D 5 0 0 0 22000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 1991 37 17 15 1 93 2.80 3882789.895
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes 2934 50 14 20 14 133 2.72 112131080.890
Bales, MikeMike Bales 52 1 0 1 0 4 4.62 01814.778
Team: 4977 82 31 36 15 230 2.77 421131883.891

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 7 5 2 7 6-1302
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 7 1 5 6 2-2100
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 7 1 4 5 0-3101
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 7 1 3 4 2-4000
McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern RW 7 2 0 2 8-1100
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 7 1 1 2 10-3000
Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok C 7 1 1 2 00100
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 7 1 0 1 00000
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 7 0 1 1 4-1000
Chorske, TomTom Chorske LW 5 0 1 1 2-1000
Gardiner, BruceBruce Gardiner RW 7 0 1 1 20000
Lambert, DennyDenny Lambert LW 6 0 1 1 90000
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 7 0 1 1 6-1000
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 7 0 1 1 4-3000
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 7 0 0 0 80000
Crowe, PhilPhil Crowe LW 3 0 0 0 160000
Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle C 7 0 0 0 2-5000
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 7 0 0 0 4-1000
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 7 0 0 0 00000
York, JasonJason York D 7 0 0 0 4-3000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 425 7 3 4 14 1.98 1169155.917
Team: 425 7 3 4 14 1.98 1169155.917

[2]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

May 21, 1996 To Washington Capitals
future considerations
To Ottawa Senators
Michel Picard
June 22, 1996 To Boston Bruins
Trent McCleary
Ottawa's third-round pick in 1996 Draft (Eric Naud)
To Ottawa Senators
Shawn McEachern
October 1, 1996 To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Ted Drury
Marc Moro
To Ottawa Senators
Mika Stromberg
Jason York
Shaun Van Allen
November 27, 1996 To St. Louis Blues
Pavol Demitra
To Ottawa Senators
Christer Olsson
March 18, 1997 To Chicago Blackhawks
Denis Chasse
Kevin Bolibruck
Ottawa's sixth-round pick 1998 Entry Draft (Ottawa later reacquired pick -Chris Neil)
To Ottawa Senators
Mike Prokopec

WaiversEdit

No waiver transactions.

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Sergei Zholtok Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
Denny Lambert Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Phil Crowe Philadelphia Flyers
Ron Tugnutt Washington Capitals
Denis Chasse Winnipeg Jets
Player New team
Daniel Laperriere Washington Capitals
Pat Elyniuk Dallas Stars

Source: (2008) Ottawa Senators 2008–09 Media Guide. Ottawa Senators, 188. 

RosterEdit

1996-97 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres



Sources:

  • (2008) 2008–09 Ottawa Senators Media Guide. Ottawa Senators, 184–186. 
  • NHL.com - Player Search. NHL. Retrieved on 2009-03-09.

Draft picksEdit

Ottawa's draft picks at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft in St. Louis, Missouri.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
11 Chris Phillips Flag of Canada.svg Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
481 Antti-Jussi Niemi Flag of Finland Finland Jokerit Helsinki (SM-liiga)
6136 Andreas Dackell Flag of Sweden Sweden Brynäs IF (Elitserien)
7163 Francois Hardy Flag of Canada.svg Canada Val d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
8212 Erich Goldmann Flag of Germany Germany Mannheim Eagles (DEL)
9216 Ivan Ciernik Flag of Slovakia Slovakia MHC Plastika Nitra (Slovakia)
9239 Sami Salo Flag of Finland Finland HC TPS Turku (SM-liiga)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Total Hockey: "Ottawa Senators 1992–93 to Date" by Bruce Garrioch, 1998
  • Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007
  • The Internet Hockey Database
  • National Hockey League Guide & Record Book 2007
  1. 1996–97 Ottawa Senators Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  2. 1996-97 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.


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