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1997–98 Ottawa Senators · NHL
Division 5th Northeast Division
Conference 8th Eastern Conference
1997–98 record 34–33–15
Home record 18–16–7
Road record 16–17–8
Goals for 193
Goals against 200
General Manager Pierre Gauthier
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Randy Cunneyworth
Alternate captains Daniel Alfredsson
Alexei Yashin
Arena Corel Centre
Average attendance 16,686 per game (667,454 total)
Team leaders
Goals Alexei Yashin (33)
Assists Alexei Yashin (39)
Points Alexei Yashin (72)
Penalties in minutes Denny Lambert (250)
Wins Damian Rhodes (19)
Goals against average Ron Tugnutt (2.25)

The 1997–98 Ottawa Senators season would see the Senators face the challenge of improving on their very successful 1996–97 season, when they made the playoffs for the first time in team history. The 1997–98 season would be even more successful, as Ottawa finished over .500 for the first time in club history, qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year, and won their first playoff series in modern club history. The Senators defeated the #1 seed New Jersey Devils in six games, before falling to the Washington Capitals in five games in the second round.

Regular seasonEdit

Alexei Yashin would lead the club offensively, with 72 points (33 goals-39 assists) in 82 games. Damian Rhodes and Ron Tugnutt would once again do a very good job in the Senators net, helping set a club record for fewest goals allowed with 200.

The Alexandre Daigle era came to an end midway through the season, as the Senators traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Vaclav Prospal and Pat Falloon.

Final standingsEdit

Northeast Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74

Game logEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 1, 19972–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 0–0–1
2LOctober 3, 19973–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 0–1–1
3WOctober 4, 19973–2 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 1–1–1
4WOctober 7, 19971–0 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 2–1–1
5TOctober 10, 19971–1 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 2–1–2
6LOctober 12, 19974–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 2–2–2
7WOctober 15, 19975–1 New York Rangers (1997–98) 3–2–2
8WOctober 17, 19974–2 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 4–2–2
9WOctober 19, 19973–1 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 5–2–2
10WOctober 22, 19976–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 6–2–2
11TOctober 23, 19972–2 OT Florida Panthers (1997–98) 6–2–3
12LOctober 25, 19972–4 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 6–3–3
13WOctober 29, 19975–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 7–3–3
14WOctober 30, 19975–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 8–3–3
15LNovember 2, 19971–3 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 8–4–3
16WNovember 6, 19974–1 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 9–4–3
17LNovember 8, 19973–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 9–5–3
18LNovember 9, 19971–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 9–6–3
19LNovember 11, 19970–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 9–7–3
20LNovember 13, 19972–4 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 9–8–3
21TNovember 15, 19973–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 9–8–4
22LNovember 17, 19972–4 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 9–9–4
23LNovember 20, 19970–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 9–10–4
24LNovember 22, 19970–1 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 9–11–4
25LNovember 26, 19971–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 9–12–4
26WNovember 27, 19973–1 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 10–12–4
27LNovember 29, 19972–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 10–13–4
28WDecember 2, 19974–2 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 11–13–4
29WDecember 4, 19973–2 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 12–13–4
30WDecember 6, 19973–0 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 13–13–4
31LDecember 11, 19971–2 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 13–14–4
32LDecember 13, 19971–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 13–15–4
33WDecember 15, 19973–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 14–15–4
34LDecember 16, 19971–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 14–16–4
35WDecember 18, 19973–2 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 15–16–4
36LDecember 20, 19971–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 15–17–4
37WDecember 22, 19974–1 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 16–17–4
38WDecember 23, 19974–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 17–17–4
39WDecember 27, 19973–0 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 18–17–4
40LDecember 31, 19970–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 18–18–4
41TJanuary 1, 19980–0 OT @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 18–18–5
42LJanuary 3, 19982–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 18–19–5
43LJanuary 5, 19981–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 18–20–5
44WJanuary 7, 19982–0 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 19–20–5
45TJanuary 10, 19983–3 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 19–20–6
46TJanuary 11, 19984–4 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 19–20–7
47LJanuary 13, 19980–4 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 19–21–7
48TJanuary 20, 19980–0 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 19–21–8
49LJanuary 22, 19982–4 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 19–22–8
50WJanuary 24, 19983–2 New York Islanders (1997–98) 20–22–8
51WJanuary 26, 19982–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 21–22–8
52LJanuary 27, 19981–6 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 21–23–8
53TJanuary 29, 19982–2 OT New York Rangers (1997–98) 21–23–9
54WJanuary 31, 19984–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 22–23–9
55LFebruary 2, 19980–1 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 22–24–9
56LFebruary 4, 19980–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 22–25–9
57WFebruary 5, 19983–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 23–25–9
58TFebruary 7, 19982–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 23–25–10
59LFebruary 25, 19982–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 23–26–10
60LFebruary 28, 19984–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 23–27–10
61LMarch 1, 19981–2 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 23–28–10
62WMarch 5, 19984–2 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 24–28–10
63WMarch 7, 19982–1 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 25–28–10
64WMarch 11, 19985–3 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 26–28–10
65WMarch 14, 19984–0 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 27–28–10
66LMarch 16, 19984–5 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 27–29–10
67TMarch 18, 19984–4 OT New York Islanders (1997–98) 27–29–11
68TMarch 20, 19981–1 OT Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 27–29–12
69LMarch 22, 19982–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 27–30–12
70WMarch 25, 19983–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 28–30–12
71LMarch 27, 19981–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 28–31–12
72TMarch 29, 19981–1 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 28–31–13
73TApril 2, 19983–3 OT San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 28–31–14
74WApril 3, 19983–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 29–31–14
75WApril 5, 19981–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 30–31–14
76LApril 7, 19982–4 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 30–32–14
77WApril 9, 19984–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 31–32–14
78TApril 11, 19984–4 OT Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 31–32–15
79WApril 13, 19983–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 32–32–15
80WApril 14, 19983–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 33–32–15
81LApril 16, 19980–2 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 33–33–15
82WApril 19, 19982–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 34–33–15

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PlayoffsEdit

The Ottawa Senators ended the 1997–98 regular season as the Eastern Conference's eighth seed. Daniel Alfredsson, who missed 27 games in the regular season due to injuries, would lead the team with nine points (seven goals and two assists) in the playoffs and the club won its first round matchup, an upset win over the New Jersey Devils


Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (1) New Jersey DevilsEdit

On paper, the series was a big mismatch as the Devils had finished 24 points ahead in the standings. One American newspaper covering the playoffs did not even preview the series, expecting a easy win for the Devils.[2] The Devils were characterized as arrogant, although the Devils and the Senators had split their season series. Randy McKay, asked which player on the Senators he respected, said "To be honest, I'd have to see their (roster) list."[3]

The series opened in New Jersey. In the first game, the Senators got a 1–0 lead and held onto it until 3:24 was left in the third period, when Doug Gilmour scored to tie the game. After the goal, the Devils got several penalties in a row, including some in overtime. Although the Senators went 0–6 on the power play, they managed to win the game on an overtime winner from Bruce Gardiner at 5:58.[4] In the second game, the Devils won the game on the offence of Gilmour who assisted on the first goal and scored the second, game-winning goal and an empty netter to tie the series.[5]

The series now moved to Ottawa for the third and fourth games. In the third game, Damian Rhodes played outstanding and Alexei Yashin scored the winner, 2:47 into overtime on the power play. According to the Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur: "It's Rhodes, that's the bottom line. He has been tremendous. We're getting the puck to him, we're getting rebounds, but he closes the door every time." Coach Lemaire refused to appear for the post-game press conference.[6] The Senators won the fourth game on the strength of three goals by Daniel Alfredsson to win the game 4–3. The Senators had led 4–1 but late goals by Scott Stevens and Gilmour, with 69 seconds left, made it close.[7]

The series now returned to New Jersey, with the Devils on the brink of elimination. In the fifth game, Brodeur stopped 22 shots of 23, and assisted on a short-handed goal and the Devils won 3–1. Gilmour scored the game-winner and the Devils staved off elimination.[8]

In the sixth and deciding game, Janne Laukkanen scored the winner, giving the Senators the lead and Igor Kravchuk scored an empty net goal to complete the upset. After the game, Scott Stevens commented "The bottom line is that they're an average team that played great. And we're an above average team that played poorly."[2] The headlines from other newspapers labelled the playoff win a 'titanic upset'[9] and 'sensational upset'.[10]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 22 Ottawa 2 – 1 (OT) New Jersey 1 – 0
2 April 24 Ottawa 1 – 3 New Jersey 1 – 1
3 April 26 New Jersey 1 – 2 (OT) Ottawa 2 – 1
4 April 28 New Jersey 3 – 4 Ottawa 3 – 1
5 April 30 Ottawa 1 – 3 New Jersey 3 – 2
6 May 2 New Jersey 1 – 3 Ottawa 4 – 2

Ottawa wins series 4–2.

Eastern Conference Semi-finals: vs. (4) Washington CapitalsEdit

The Senators could not capitalize on their first-round win and the Capitals took the series in five games.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 May 7 Ottawa 2 – 4 Washington 0 – 1
2 May 9 Ottawa 1 – 6 Washington 0 – 2
3 May 11 Washington 3 – 4 Ottawa 1 – 2
4 May 13 Washington 2 – 0 Ottawa 1 – 3
5 May 15 Ottawa 0 – 3 Washington 1 – 4

Washington wins series 4–1

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 82 33 39 72 246506
McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern RW 81 24 24 48 421824
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 55 17 28 45 187707
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 81 8 27 35 8-19311
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 82 15 18 33 24-11322
Arvedson, MagnusMagnus Arvedson LW 61 11 15 26 362010
Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok C 78 10 13 23 16-7701
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 80 8 14 22 2717302
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 60 4 17 21 64-15202
Lambert, DennyDenny Lambert LW 72 9 10 19 2504001
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 80 4 15 19 484000
Gardiner, BruceBruce Gardiner RW 55 7 11 18 502000
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 65 7 9 16 16-13100
Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle C 38 7 9 16 8-7402
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 72 5 11 16 382202
York, JasonJason York D 73 3 13 16 628000
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 71 2 11 13 63-14100
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 69 2 7 9 508000
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 46 5 3 8 961002
Prospal, VaclavVaclav Prospal C 15 1 6 7 4-1000
Falloon, PatPat Falloon RW 28 3 3 6 8-11200
Neckar, StanStan Neckar D 60 2 2 4 31-14000
Crowe, PhilPhil Crowe LW 9 3 0 3 243001
Armstrong, DerekDerek Armstrong C 9 2 0 2 91001
Hill, SeanSean Hill D 13 1 1 2 6-3000
Gustafsson, PerPer Gustafsson D 9 0 1 1 63000
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW 7 0 1 1 0-1000
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes G 50 0 1 1 00000
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 1 0 0 0 00000
Ciernik, IvanIvan Ciernik RW 2 0 0 0 00000
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 42 0 0 0 00000
Vial, DennisDennis Vial D/LW 19 0 0 0 450000
Zent, JasonJason Zent LW 3 0 0 0 40000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes 2743 50 19 19 7 107 2.34 511481041.907
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 2236 42 15 14 8 84 2.25 3882798.905
Team: 4979 82 34 33 15 191 2.30 820301839.906

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 11 7 2 9 20-4211
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 11 5 3 8 8-6302
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 11 2 3 5 4000
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 11 2 2 4 8-3101
Gardiner, BruceBruce Gardiner RW 11 1 3 4 2-2001
McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern RW 11 0 4 4 8-6000
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 11 1 1 2 2-4100
York, JasonJason York D 7 1 1 2 7-2100
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 11 0 2 2 2-2000
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 9 0 2 2 2-5000
Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok C 11 0 2 2 0-1000
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 11 1 0 1 8-2000
Arvedson, MagnusMagnus Arvedson LW 11 0 1 1 6-6000
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 6 0 1 1 60000
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 11 0 1 1 17-3000
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 11 0 1 1 10-3000
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 5 0 0 0 2-3000
Falloon, PatPat Falloon RW 1 0 0 0 00000
Gustafsson, PerPer Gustafsson D 1 0 0 0 0-2000
Lambert, DennyDenny Lambert LW 11 0 0 0 192000
Neckar, StanStan Neckar D 9 0 0 0 2-4000
Prospal, VaclavVaclav Prospal C 6 0 0 0 0-2000
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes G 10 0 0 0 00000
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 2 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes 590 10 5 5 21 2.14 0236215.911
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 74 2 0 1 6 4.86 02519.760
Team: 664 11 5 6 27 2.44 0261234.897

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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

August 25, 1997 To St. Louis Blues
Steve Duchesne
To Ottawa Senators
Igor Kravchuk
November 18, 1997 To Carolina Hurricanes
Sean Hill
To Ottawa Senators
Chris Murray
January 17, 1998 To Philadelphia Flyers
Alexandre Daigle
To Ottawa Senators
Vaclav Prospal
Pat Falloon
Dallas' second-round pick 1998 Entry Draft (Chris Bala)
March 9, 1998 To Edmonton Oilers
Frank Musil
To Ottawa Senators
Scott Ferguson
March 17, 1998 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Ottawa's eighth-round pick 1998 Entry Draft (Dwight Wolfe)
To Ottawa Senators
Per Gustafsson

WaiversEdit

September 28, 1997 To New York Islanders
Tom Chorske

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

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team
Marc Labelle Dallas Stars
Clayton Beddoes Boston Bruins
Derek Armstrong New York Islanders

RosterEdit

1997-98 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres



Sources:

Draft picksEdit

Ottawa's draft picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
112 Marian Hossa Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Dukla Trencin (Slovakia)
358 Jani Hurme Flag of Finland Finland TPS (Finland)
366 Josh Langfeld Flag of the United States United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)
5119 Magnus Arvedson Flag of Sweden Sweden Farjestads BK Karlstad (Sweden)
6146 Jeffrey Sullivan Flag of Canada.svg Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
7173 Robin Bacul Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Slava Praha (Czech.)
8203 Nick Gillis Flag of the United States United States Cushing Academy (US HS)
9229 Karel Rachunek Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Zlin ZPS (Czech.)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Garrioch, Bruce (1998), "Ottawa Senators 1992–93 to Date", Total Hockey
  • Ottawa Senators staff (2006). Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007. Ottawa Senators. 
  • The Internet Hockey Database
  • National Hockey League Guide & Record Book 2007
  1. 1997–98 Ottawa Senators Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Panzeri, Allen. "`We deserved to win': Senators ready for Round 2", Ottawa Citizen, May 3, 1998, p. C1. 
  3. Scanlan, Wayne. "Arrogant Devils wonder what hit them", Ottawa Citizen, May 3, 1998, p. C2. 
  4. Shoalts, David. "Ottawa shocks New Jersey in OT", The Globe and Mail, April 23, 1998, p. S1. 
  5. Shoals, David. "Gilmour scuttles Ottawa", The Globe and Mail, April 25, 1998, p. A28. 
  6. Template error: argument title is required. 
  7. Warren, Ken. "Devils pushed to the brink Ottawa Senators one game away from first- round upset of conference champs", The Record, April 29, 1998, p. F1. 
  8. MacGregor, Roy. "Brodeur steals show: New Jersey goalie earns assist in win over Ottawa", The Record, May 1, 1998, p. D1. 
  9. Panzeri, Allen. "Senators complete titanic upset: Ottawa advances to second round for first time", Calgary Herald, May 3, 1998, p. B1. 
  10. Hickey, Pat. "Sensational upset: Deja-woo: eighth-place Ottawa casts out first- place Devils in six games; Senators 3 Devils 1", Montreal Gazette, May 3, 1998, p. B1. 
  11. 1997-98 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.


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