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2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL
Division 3rd Atlantic
2000–01 record 42–28–9
Goals for 281
Goals against 256
General Manager Craig Patrick
Coach Ivan Hlinka
Captain Jaromir Jagr
Alternate captains Martin Straka
Bob Boughner
Arena Mellon Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jaromir Jagr (52)
Assists Jaromir Jagr (69)
Points Jaromir Jagr (121)
Penalties in minutes Krzysztof Oliwa (165)
Wins Jean-Sebastien Aubin (20)
Goals against average Johan Hedberg (2.64)

The 2000-2001 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the team's 34th in the National Hockey League. The team played 82 games for new coach Ivan Hlinka, who replaced Herb Brooks, who stepped down to remain a scout with the team.

OffseasonEdit

Herb Brooks resigned as coach at the end of the previous season, but remained with the team as a scout. Ivan Hlinka succeeded Brooks as head coach. Former Penguin Joe Mullen became an assistant coach along with his former teammate Randy Hillier.

Regular seasonEdit

The Penguins opened the regular season by splitting a two-game series against the Nashville Predators in Japan.

On December 9, 2000, it was announced by owner Mario Lemieux that he intended to come back as a player. Lemieux returned to the ice on December 27, 2000. Prior to the game, his #66 banner was lowered from the rafters of the Mellon Arena with son Austin watching. Lemieux scored a goal and set up two others (including one on his first shift), and the Penguins won, 5-0 over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to Lemieux's return, the Penguins were 15-14-6-1. After his comeback, the Penguins went 27-14-3-2 for a regular season record of 42-28-9-3 and a third place finish in the Atlantic Division for a playoff spot. The Penguins were shut out only once all year (October 28 vs. the New Jersey Devils). Only New Jersey scored more goals than Pittsburgh during the regular season. Jaromir Jagr had a stellar year, leading the team in goals (52), assists (69) and points (121); Alexei Kovalev had the best season in his career, finishing with 44 goals and 51 assists for 95 points; Martin Straka finished second on the team in assists (68) and had 27 goals for 95 points; Robert Lang had 32 goals and 48 assists for 80 points; and in just 43 games, Lemieux had 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points.

Final standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 New Jersey Devils 82 48 19 12 3 295 195 111
2 4 Philadelphia Flyers 82 43 25 11 3 240 207 100
3 6 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 42 28 9 3 281 256 96
410 New York Rangers 82 33 43 5 1 250 290 72
515 New York Islanders 82 21 51 7 3 185 268 52

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 7, 20001–3 Nashville Predators (2000–01) 0–1–0–0
2WOctober 8, 20003–1 @ Nashville Predators (2000–01) 1–1–0–0
3WOctober 13, 20003–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 2–1–0–0
4WOctober 14, 20008–6 New York Rangers (2000–01) 3–1–0–0
5LOctober 18, 20002–3 Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 3–2–0–0
6TOctober 19, 20003–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 3–2–1–0
7WOctober 21, 20005–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2000–01) 4–2–1–0
8LOctober 25, 20002–3 Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 4–3–1–0
9WOctober 27, 20004–1 @ New York Rangers (2000–01) 5–3–1–0
10LOctober 28, 20000–9 New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 5–4–1–0
11LNovember 1, 20002–3 @ San Jose Sharks (2000–01) 5–5–1–0
12WNovember 3, 20004–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (2000–01) 6–5–1–0
13TNovember 4, 20001–1 OT @ Calgary Flames (2000–01) 6–5–2–0
14WNovember 8, 20005–2 Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 7–5–2–0
15WNovember 10, 20004–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 8–5–2–0
16WNovember 11, 20005–2 Edmonton Oilers (2000–01) 9–5–2–0
17LNovember 13, 20002–3 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (2000–01) 9–5–2–1
18LNovember 16, 20003–4 @ St. Louis Blues (2000–01) 9–6–2–1
19WNovember 18, 20003–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 10–6–2–1
20LNovember 22, 20001–3 Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 10–7–2–1
21WNovember 24, 20001–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 11–7–2–1
22TNovember 25, 20002–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (2000–01) 11–7–3–1
23LNovember 28, 20001–3 @ Boston Bruins (2000–01) 11–8–3–1
24WDecember 1, 20006–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 12–8–3–1
25LDecember 2, 20002–3 Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 12–9–3–1
26WDecember 5, 20004–2 @ Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 13–9–3–1
27LDecember 6, 20002–3 Boston Bruins (2000–01) 13–10–3–1
28LDecember 9, 20001–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2000–01) 13–11–3–1
29WDecember 10, 20004–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (2000–01) 14–11–3–1
30LDecember 13, 20004–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (2000–01) 14–12–3–1
31LDecember 15, 20001–4 Florida Panthers (2000–01) 14–13–3–1
32TDecember 16, 20004–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 14–13–4–1
33TDecember 20, 20002–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (2000–01) 14–13–5–1
34TDecember 21, 20001–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 14–13–6–1
35LDecember 23, 20002–8 Dallas Stars (2000–01) 14–14–6–1
36WDecember 26, 20005–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 15–14–6–1
37WDecember 27, 20005–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (2000–01) 16–14–6–1
38WDecember 30, 20005–3 Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 17–14–6–1
39WJanuary 3, 20013–2 Washington Capitals (2000–01) 18–14–6–1
40LJanuary 5, 20013–4 Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 18–15–6–1
41WJanuary 8, 20015–3 @ Washington Capitals (2000–01) 19–15–6–1
42LJanuary 9, 20012–5 @ Boston Bruins (2000–01) 19–16–6–1
43WJanuary 12, 20014–3 New York Islanders (2000–01) 20–16–6–1
44LJanuary 13, 20015–6 @ New York Islanders (2000–01) 20–17–6–1
45WJanuary 15, 20013–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2000–01) 21–17–6–1
46LJanuary 17, 20014–5 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2000–01) 21–18–6–1
47LJanuary 19, 20015–6 OT @ Dallas Stars (2000–01) 21–18–6–2
48WJanuary 21, 20014–0 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2000–01) 22–18–6–2
49WJanuary 24, 20013–1 Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 23–18–6–2
50WJanuary 27, 20015–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 24–18–6–2
51WJanuary 30, 20016–3 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 25–18–6–2
52LJanuary 31, 20011–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 25–19–6–2
53WFebruary 7, 20019–4 Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 26–19–6–2
54WFebruary 10, 20015–4 OT New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 27–19–6–2
55LFebruary 11, 20012–4 @ Minnesota Wild (2000–01) 27–20–6–2
56WFebruary 14, 20012–1 Minnesota Wild (2000–01) 28–20–6–2
57TFebruary 16, 20014–4 OT @ New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 28–20–7–2
58WFebruary 17, 20013–2 OT @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2000–01) 29–20–7–2
59LFebruary 19, 20011–5 Colorado Avalanche (2000–01) 29–21–7–2
60WFebruary 21, 20013–2 OT Florida Panthers (2000–01) 30–21–7–2
61WFebruary 23, 20016–4 New York Rangers (2000–01) 31–21–7–2
62WFebruary 25, 20016–1 New York Islanders (2000–01) 32–21–7–2
63LFebruary 28, 20012–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 32–22–7–2
64WMarch 2, 20017–5 @ New York Rangers (2000–01) 33–22–7–2
65LMarch 3, 20013–4 @ Washington Capitals (2000–01) 33–23–7–2
66LMarch 7, 20013–4 Washington Capitals (2000–01) 33–24–7–2
67WMarch 8, 20015–3 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 34–24–7–2
68WMarch 10, 20016–3 Calgary Flames (2000–01) 35–24–7–2
69TMarch 12, 20013–3 OT @ New York Rangers (2000–01) 35–24–8–2
70LMarch 14, 20011–3 New York Islanders (2000–01) 35–25–8–2
71WMarch 16, 20016–3 @ Florida Panthers (2000–01) 36–25–8–2
72LMarch 17, 20011–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 36–26–8–2
73TMarch 20, 20012–2 OT Boston Bruins (2000–01) 36–26–9–2
74LMarch 23, 20013–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 36–27–9–2
75WMarch 25, 20014–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 37–27–9–2
76WMarch 27, 20014–1 Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 38–27–9–2
77WMarch 29, 20015–2 Chicago Blackhawks (2000–01) 39–27–9–2
78WMarch 31, 20015–3 St. Louis Blues (2000–01) 40–27–9–2
79LApril 2, 20011–4 @ New York Islanders (2000–01) 40–28–9–2
80WApril 4, 20014–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 41–28–9–2
81LApril 7, 20013–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 41–28–9–3
82WApril 8, 20016–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 42–28–9–3

PlayoffsEdit

Eastern Conference Quarter-finalsEdit

The Penguins opened the playoffs against the Washington Capitals. It was their sixth meeting in the playoffs. The Penguins were shut out in game one, 1-0. Lemieux scored a goal and an assist in game two, won 2-1 by the Penguins. Newcomer Johan Hedberg shut out the Capitals in game three. The Capitals won game four in overtime, 4-3. However, game winning goals by Lemieux and Martin Straka in games five and six won the series for the Penguins, 4 games to 2.

Eastern Conference Semi-finalsEdit

The Penguins played the Buffalo Sabres in the conference semi-finals. The Penguins won game one by the score of 3-0 and game two by the score of 3-1. The Sabres won the next three games, pushing the Penguins to elimination. However, overtime winning goals by Straka and Darius Kasparaitis in games six and seven won the series for the Penguins. Game seven was Dominik Hasek's last game as a Sabre; he would sign with the Detroit Red Wings in the offseason.

Eastern Conference FinalsEdit

The Penguins and the New Jersey Devils split the first two games of the series before the Devils took games three, four, and five to eliminate the Penguins.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Regular season Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr 81 52 69 121 42 16 2 10 12 18
Kovalev, AlexeiAlexei Kovalev 79 44 51 95 96 18 5 5 10 16
Straka, MartinMartin Straka 82 27 68 95 38 18 5 8 13 8
Lang, RobertRobert Lang 82 32 48 80 28 16 4 4 8 4
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux 43 35 41 76 18 18 6 11 17 4
Hrdina, JanJan Hrdina 78 15 28 43 48 18 2 5 7 8
Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens 55 10 22 32 73 17 3 3 6 20
Beranek, JosefJosef Beranek 70 9 14 23 43 13 0 2 2 2
Jonsson, HansHans Jonsson 58 4 18 22 22 16 0 0 0 8
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau 73 3 19 22 131 18 1 3 4 2
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen 50 3 17 20 34 18 2 2 4 14
Morozov, AlekseyAleksey Morozov 66 5 14 19 6 18 3 3 6 6
Kasparaitis, DariusDarius Kasparaitis 77 3 16 19 111 17 1 1 2 26
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet 43 8 9 17 57 17 1 0 1 12
Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference 36 4 11 15 28 18 3 7 10 16
Kraft, MilanMilan Kraft 42 7 7 14 8 8 0 0 0 2
Miller, KipKip Miller 33 3 8 11 6 - - - - -
Kucera, FrantisekFrantisek Kucera 51 2 7 9 12 - - - - -
Petersen, TobyToby Petersen 12 2 6 8 4 - - - - -
Moran, IanIan Moran 40 3 4 7 28 18 0 1 1 4
LaCouture, DanDan LaCouture 48 2 4 6 43 5 0 0 0 2
Roszival, MichalMichal Roszival 30 1 4 5 26 - - - - -
Oliwa, KrzysztofKrzysztof Oliwa 36 1 4 5 165 5 0 0 0 16
Bergevin, MarcMarc Bergevin 38 1 4 5 26 12 0 1 1 2
Boughner, BobBob Boughner 58 1 3 4 147 18 0 1 1 22
Tibbetts, BillyBilly Tibbetts 29 1 2 3 79 - - - - -
Melichar, JosefJosef Melichar 18 0 2 2 21 - - - - -
Dollas, BobbyBobby Dollas 21 1 1 2 18 - - - - -
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 36 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
McKenna, SteveSteve McKenna 54 1 1 2 119 - - - - -
Crozier, GregGreg Crozier 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bonvie, DennisDennis Bonvie 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Parent, RichRich Parent 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 9 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 35 0 0 0 8 - - - - -
Total 281 501 782 1573 38 67 105 212

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; GS = Games Started; MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SA = Shots Against; SV = Saves; SV% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP GS MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 9 9 545 7 1 1 24 2.64 253 229 .905 0
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 35 33 2032 14 15 4 101 2.98 1014 913 .900 4
Parent, RichRich Parent 7 4 332 1 1 3 17 3.07 167 150 .887 0
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 36 35 2050 20 14 1 107 3.13 1080 973 .890 0
Combined 82 4959 42 31 9 249 2.96 2514 2310 .919 4
Playoffs
Player GP GS MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 18 18 1123 9 9 43 2.30 482 439 .911 2
Combined 18 1124 9 9 43 2.30 482 439 .911 2

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular season milestones
Player Milestone Reached
Roman Simicek First NHL goal October 14, 2000
Jaromir Jagr 400th career goal November 13, 2000
Darius Kasparaitis 100th career point November 25, 2000
Toby Petersen First NHL goal December 10, 2000
Jan Hrdina 100th career point December 16, 2000
Jaromir Jagr 1000th career point December 30, 2000
Mario Lemieux 1500th career point December 30, 2000
Jaromir Jagr 600th career assist January 15, 2001
Kevin Stevens 700th career assist January 19, 2001
Martin Straka 400th career assist January 27, 2001
Robert Lang 100th career goal January 30, 2001
Billy Tibbetts First NHL goal February 16, 2001
Alexei Kovalev 200th career goal February 19, 2001
Johan Hedberg First NHL win March 16, 2001

Making their NHL debuts in 2000-2001 were the following: Roman Simicek, Toby Petersen, Billy Tibbetts, Greg Crozier, and Johan Hedberg.

Playoff milestones
Player Milestone Reached
Johan Hedberg First playoff win April 14, 2001
Jaromir Jagr 100th playoff assist April 26, 2001
Martin Straka 50th playoff point May 15, 2001

AwardsEdit

Player Award
Bob Boughner Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award
Jaromir Jagr Leading Point Scorer Award
First team NHL All-Star
Art Ross Trophy
Alexei Kovalev A.T. Caggiano Booster Club Award
Baz Bastien Memorial "Good Guy" Award
Mario Lemieux Most Valuable Player Award
Second team NHL All-Star
Ian Moran Pittsburgh Penguins Masterton Nominee
Martin Straka Player's Player Award

Broadcaster Mike Lange was also awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2001, thus securing his induction into the broadcaster's wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Kovalev, and Mario Lemieux were all selected to participate in the 2001 NHL All-Star Game. Lemieux captained the North American All-Stars and scored two points. Kovalev was a reserve for the World All-Stars and also scored two points. Jagr was voted as a starter for the World All-Stars, but could not play due to an injury.

TransactionsEdit

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 2000-2001 season:

Trades
November 14, 2000 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dan Trebil
To New York Islanders
9th round pick in 2001; Islanders selected Roman Kuhtinov
December 28, 2000 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Marc Bergevin
To St. Louis Blues
Dan Trebil
January 13, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Steve McKenna
To Minnesota Wild
Roman Simicek
January 14, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Kevin Stevens
To Philadelphia Flyers
John Slaney
January 14, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
3rd round pick in 2001 (previously acquired by Atlanta from San Jose, later traded to Columbus; Columbus selected Aaron Johnson)
To Atlanta Thrashers
Jiri Slegr
January 14, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Krzysztof Oliwa
To Columbus Blue Jackets
3rd round pick in 2001 (previously acquired by Atlanta from San Jose; Columbus selected Aaron Johnson)
February 1, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Wayne Primeau
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Matthew Barnaby
March 12, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bobby Dollas
Johan Hedberg
To San Jose Sharks
Jeff Norton
March 13, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Frantisek Kucera
To Columbus Blue Jackets
6th round pick in 2001; Columbus selected Scott Horvath
March 13, 2001 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dan LaCouture
To Edmonton Oilers
Sven Butenschon

Free agents signed with Pittsburgh
Player Former team Date of signing
Miller, KipKip Miller Mighty Ducks of AnaheimSeptember 24, 2000
Norton, JeffJeff Norton San Jose SharksNovember 14, 2000
Parent, RichRich Parent Tampa Bay LightningSeptember 20, 2000
Snow, GarthGarth Snow Philadelphia FlyersOctober 10, 2000

Signed with new team
Player New team Date of signing
Leach, StephenStephen Leach Louisville Panthers (AHL)November 15, 2000
Skudra, PeterPeter Skudra Boston BruinsOctober 3, 2000
Trebil, DanDan Trebil New York IslandersJuly 31, 2000

PersonnelEdit

Pittsburgh Penguins 2001 Final Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers


Pittsburgh Penguins 2000–01 staff
Executive operations
  • Ownership - Mario Lemieux
  • * Chief Executive Officer - Mario Lemieux
  • Chairman - Mario Lemieux
  • President - Mario Lemieux
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager - Craig Patrick
 

Hockey operations

Draft picksEdit

The Penguins selected the following players at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary:

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club team (League)
1 18 Brooks Orpik D Flag of the United States United States Boston College (Hockey East)
2 52 Shane Endicott C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
3 84 Peter Hamerlik G Flag of Slovakia Slovakia HK 36 Skalica (Slovakia)
4 124 Michel Ouellet RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Rimouski (QMJHL)
5 146 David Koci D Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Sparta Praha Jr. (Czech Republic)
6 185 Patrick Foley LW Flag of the United States United States University of New Hampshire (Hockey East)
7 216 Jim Abbott LW University of New Hampshire (Hockey East)
8 248 Steven Crampton RW Moose Jaw (WHL)
9 273 Roman Simicek C Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HPK (SM-liiga)

Farm teamsEdit

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL finished second in the Mid-Atlantic Division with a record of 36-33-9-2 record. They defeated the Syracuse Crunch, Philadelphia Phantoms and Hershey Bears to win the Robert W. Clarke Trophy as Western Conference playoff champions. They lost to the Saint John Flames in six games in the Calder Cup Finals. John Slaney won the Eddie Shore Award as defenseman of the year.

The ECHL's Wheeling Nailers finished last overall with a record of 24-40-8.

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