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2002–03 Ottawa Senators · NHL
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Northeast Division Champions
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 1st Eastern
2002–03 record 52–21-8-1
Home record 28-9-3-1
Road record 24-12-5-0
Goals for 263
Goals against 182
General Manager John Muckler
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Alternate captains Zdeno Chara
Curtis Leschyshyn
Wade Redden
Arena Corel Centre
Average attendance 17,198[1]
Team leaders
Goals Marian Hossa (45)
Assists Daniel Alfredsson (51)
Points Marian Hossa (80)
Penalties in minutes Chris Neil (147)
Wins Patrick Lalime (39)
Goals against average Patrick Lalime (2.16)

The 2002–03 Ottawa Senators season saw the Senators reach the highest point in the playoffs until the 2006–07 season. They were eliminated by the New Jersey Devils, the eventual Stanley Cup winning team in the Eastern Conference final. On top of their larger success, with their total 113 points they won the President's Trophy, the Northeast Division title and the Eastern Conference title.

Ottawa Senators Presidents Trophy Banner

Banner at Scotiabank Place

After their long history of debt problems, the Senators filed for bankruptcy on January 9, 2003. Fortunately, they continued regular season play after getting some emergency financing from the NHL. Despite the off-ice problems, they had a successful year, compared to their early day woes. The President's Trophy awarded to the Senators making them the first Canadian team to win it since the Calgary Flames in 1989. In the playoffs they defeated their former teammate Alexei Yashin and his New York Islanders, then the Philadelphia Flyers before coming within one game of making it into the finals, falling to the Devils.

Regular seasonEdit

Right winger Marian Hossa lead the scoring for Ottawa with a huge gap over the rest of the roster, just passing Yashin's past record of 44. Without a goaltending situation, Patrick Lalime showed one of his best years, with career bests in GAA and wins.

Despite a slow start to the season after an even .500 ratio, the Senators turned around their game with a 10–game unbeaten streak. Fans were cornerened if their start was with the off-ice problems however this was soon irrelevant to the fans when they again made a playoff berth. Before the playoffs, the Senators explained they need more grit, so two separate trades to Buffalo included tough guys Vaclav Varada and Rob Ray respectively, plus two-way forward Bryan Smolinski from the Los Angeles Kings.

Division standingsEdit

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
11Ottawa Senators 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
25Toronto Maple Leafs 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
37Boston Bruins 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
410Montreal Canadiens 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
512Buffalo Sabres 82 27 37 10 8 190 219 72

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

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 10, 20021–2 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 0–1–0–0
2WOctober 12, 20022–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 1–1–0–0
3WOctober 15, 20022–1 Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 2–1–0–0
4WOctober 23, 20024–1 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 3–1–0–0
5TOctober 24, 20022–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 3–1–1–0
6LOctober 26, 20023–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 3–2–1–0
7LOctober 29, 20021–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 3–3–1–0
8LOctober 30, 20021–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 3–4–1–0
9WNovember 2, 20025–2 Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 4–4–1–0
10WNovember 6, 20025–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 5–4–1–0
11LNovember 8, 20022–3 Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 5–5–1–0
12LNovember 9, 20021–7 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 5–6–1–0
13WNovember 12, 20025–3 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 6–6–1–0
14WNovember 14, 20023–2 OT Florida Panthers (2002–03) 7–6–1–0
15WNovember 16, 20024–1 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 8–6–1–0
16TNovember 19, 20024–4 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 8–6–2–0
17WNovember 21, 20023–2 Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 9–6–2–0
18WNovember 23, 20025–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 10–6–2–0
19WNovember 25, 20022–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 11–6–2–0
20TNovember 27, 20022–2 OT @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 11–6–3–0
21WNovember 29, 20026–2 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 12–6–3–0
22WNovember 30, 20024–2 New York Islanders (2002–03) 13–6–3–0
23LDecember 4, 20020–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2002–03) 13–7–3–0
24TDecember 5, 20022–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 13–7–4–0
25WDecember 7, 20025–2 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 14–7–4–0
26WDecember 10, 20024–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 15–7–4–0
27WDecember 12, 20025–2 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 16–7–4–0
28WDecember 14, 20024–3 OT New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 17–7–4–0
29LDecember 16, 20022–3 Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 17–8–4–0
30WDecember 18, 20023–0 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 18–8–4–0
31WDecember 19, 20029–3 San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 19–8–4–0
32WDecember 21, 20023–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 20–8–4–0
33TDecember 23, 20022–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 20–8–5–0
34WDecember 26, 20023–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 21–8–5–0
35WDecember 27, 20023–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 22–8–5–0
36LDecember 30, 20022–3 @ Nashville Predators (2002–03) 22–9–5–0
37WDecember 31, 20026–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 23–9–5–0
38WJanuary 2, 20038–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 24–9–5–0
39LJanuary 4, 20031–2 OT Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 24–9–5–1
40WJanuary 6, 20035–2 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 25–9–5–1
41LJanuary 8, 20034–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 25–10–5–1
42WJanuary 9, 20031–0 @ Calgary Flames (2002–03) 26–10–5–1
43WJanuary 11, 20032–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 27–10–5–1
44WJanuary 14, 20037–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 28–10–5–1
45WJanuary 16, 20033–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 29–10–5–1
46WJanuary 18, 20035–2 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 30–10–5–1
47LJanuary 20, 20032–6 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 30–11–5–1
48WJanuary 22, 20032–1 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 31–11–5–1
49TJanuary 23, 20033–3 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 31–11–6–1
50WJanuary 25, 20034–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 32–11–6–1
51LJanuary 27, 20033–5 @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 32–12–6–1
52LJanuary 29, 20032–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 32–13–6–1
53LJanuary 30, 20030–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 32–14–6–1
54WFebruary 5, 20035–3 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 33–14–6–1
55TFebruary 6, 20032–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 33–14–7–1
56WFebruary 8, 20033–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 34–14–7–1
57WFebruary 12, 20033–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 35–14–7–1
58WFebruary 13, 20032–0 Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 36–14–7–1
59LFebruary 15, 20031–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 36–15–7–1
60WFebruary 17, 20033–2 New York Rangers (2002–03) 37–15–7–1
61WFebruary 19, 20035–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 38–15–7–1
62LFebruary 20, 20033–4 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 38–16–7–1
63WFebruary 22, 20034–0 Nashville Predators (2002–03) 39–16–7–1
64LFebruary 25, 20030–3 Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 39–17–7–1
65WFebruary 27, 20033–2 OT Dallas Stars (2002–03) 40–17–7–1
66LMarch 1, 20031–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 40–18–7–1
67WMarch 4, 20034–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 41–18–7–1
68WMarch 8, 20035–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 42–18–7–1
69WMarch 9, 20034–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 43–18–7–1
70WMarch 11, 20034–3 OT Boston Bruins (2002–03) 44–18–7–1
71WMarch 13, 20033–2 OT New York Rangers (2002–03) 45–18–7–1
72LMarch 15, 20032–5 New York Islanders (2002–03) 45–19–7–1
73LMarch 16, 20032–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 45–20–7–1
74WMarch 18, 20036–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 46–20–7–1
75WMarch 21, 20035–1 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 47–20–7–1
76WMarch 22, 20033–1 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 48–20–7–1
77TMarch 25, 20032–2 OT Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 48–20–8–1
78LMarch 28, 20032–3 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 48–21–8–1
79WMarch 29, 20033–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 49–21–8–1
80WApril 1, 20033–2 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 50–21–8–1
81WApril 3, 20035–1 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 51–21–8–1
82WApril 5, 20033–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 52–21–8–1

[2]

PlayoffsEdit

In the first round of the playoffs the team played the New York Islanders, facing former team captain Alexei Yashin for the first time in the playoffs. Yashin played well in the first game and the Islanders won the first game at the Corel Centre 3–0. The loss by the Senators was attributed to paying too much attention to stopping Yashin and not enough on the rest of the Islanders. The Senators adjusted their play for the next game winning it and the next three games in a row to win the series 4–1.

In the second round, the team faced the Philadelphia Flyers who had defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. The Senators won the series on the basis of their strong defence, holding the Flyers to only ten goals in the six games, advancing to the Eastern Conference final series against the New Jersey Devils to decide the Prince of Wales Trophy.

The first two games of the series were in Ottawa and the wins were split between the Senators and Devils. In New Jersey, the Devils won both games to put the Senators at the brink of elimination. However, the Senators came back, winning the fifth game at home and the sixth game in New Jersey to force a seventh and deciding game at home.

In the seventh game, New Jersey took the lead twice, only to see Ottawa tie twice. The game was tied 2–2, when with two minutes remaining, Devils' forward Jeff Friesen deked out Patrick Lalime and shot over his leg pad, into the net, to score the series-winning goal.[3]

Eastern Conference Quarter-final vs. (8) New York IslandersEdit

Date      Opponent                    W-L Score 
4/9/2003  New York Islanders           L  0 – 3  
4/12/2003 New York Islanders           W  3 – 0   
4/14/2003 at New York Islanders        W  3 – 2   
4/16/2003 at New York Islanders        W  3 – 1  
4/17/2003 New York Islanders           W  4 – 1 
 

Eastern Conference Semi-final vs. (4) Philadelphia FlyersEdit

4/25/2003 Philadelphia Flyers          W  4 – 2  
4/27/2003 Philadelphia Flyers          L  0 – 2   
4/29/2003 at Philadelphia Flyers       W  3 – 2  
5/1/2003  at Philadelphia Flyers       L  0 – 1  
5/3/2003  Philadelphia Flyers          W  5 – 2 
5/5/2003  at Philadelphia Flyers       W  5 – 1 

Eastern Conference Final vs. (2) New Jersey DevilsEdit

5/10/2003 New Jersey Devils            W  3 – 2  
5/13/2003 New Jersey Devils            L  1 – 4 
5/15/2003 at New Jersey Devils         L  0 – 1   
5/17/2003 at New Jersey Devils         L  2 – 5  
5/19/2003 New Jersey Devils            W  3 – 1  
5/21/2003 at New Jersey Devils         W  2 – 1  
5/23/2003 New Jersey Devils            L  2 – 3

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW 80 45 35 80 34814010
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 78 27 51 78 4215906
White, ToddTodd White C 80 25 35 60 2819815
Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat RW 67 24 35 59 3020904
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 70 22 32 54 3661104
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 76 10 35 45 7023403
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara D 74 9 30 39 11629302
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher C 74 18 20 38 5413513
Arvedson, MagnusMagnus Arvedson LW 80 16 21 37 4813204
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 78 12 20 32 6617223
Rachunek, KarelKarel Rachunek D 58 4 25 29 3023301
Schaefer, PeterPeter Schaefer LW 75 6 17 23 3211001
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 33 7 14 21 8-3300
Schastlivy, PetrPetr Schastlivy LW 33 9 10 19 43502
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 78 3 16 19 717201
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 57 3 13 16 40-4000
Hull, JodyJody Hull RW 70 3 8 11 14-3001
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 68 6 4 10 1478000
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 10 3 5 8 21000
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 11 2 6 8 83100
Hnidy, ShaneShane Hnidy D 67 0 8 8 130-1000
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 54 1 6 7 1811000
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier D 14 2 4 6 611001
Martins, SteveSteve Martins C 14 2 3 5 103000
Smyth, BradBrad Smyth RW 12 3 1 4 15-2200
Kwiatkowski, JoelJoel Kwiatkowski D 20 0 2 2 62000
Dahlman, ToniToni Dahlman RW 12 1 0 1 0-1001
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G 67 0 1 1 60000
Langfeld, JoshJosh Langfeld RW 12 0 1 1 42000
Bonvie, DennisDennis Bonvie RW 12 0 0 0 29-1000
Emery, RayRay Emery G 3 0 0 0 00000
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek G 18 0 0 0 00000
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 5 0 0 0 40000
Tetarenko, JoeyJoey Tetarenko RW 2 0 0 0 50000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 3943 67 39 20 7 142 2.16 815911449.911
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek 935 18 12 2 1 37 2.37 0415378.911
Emery, RayRay Emery 85 3 1 0 0 2 1.41 02624.923
Team: 4963 82 52 22 8 181 2.19 820321851.911

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW 18 5 11 16 6-1301
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 18 6 5 11 102200
Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat RW 18 5 6 11 144102
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 18 2 7 9 64000
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 18 1 8 9 101001
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 18 4 4 8 12-3401
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara D 18 1 6 7 143000
White, ToddTodd White C 18 5 1 6 6-1112
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 18 2 4 6 123001
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 18 2 4 6 184000
Arvedson, MagnusMagnus Arvedson LW 18 1 5 6 16-4000
Schaefer, PeterPeter Schaefer LW 16 2 3 5 63010
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher C 18 2 2 4 16-1011
Rachunek, KarelKarel Rachunek D 17 1 3 4 14-5000
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 3 1 1 2 01100
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 18 1 1 2 12-1001
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 17 1 1 2 43001
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 15 1 0 1 241000
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 18 0 1 1 100000
Hnidy, ShaneShane Hnidy D 1 0 0 0 00000
Hull, JodyJody Hull RW 2 0 0 0 00000
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G 18 0 0 0 00000
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier D 1 0 0 0 20000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 1122 18 11 7 34 1.82 1449415.924
Team: 1122 18 11 7 34 1.82 1449415.924

[4]

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/OT = Ties/Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 23, 2002 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Seventh-round pick in 2002 draft
To Ottawa Senators
Josef Boumedienne
June 29, 2002 To Atlanta Thrashers
Shawn McEachern
Sixth-round pick in 2004 draft
To Ottawa Senators
Brian Pothier
September 21, 2002 To Vancouver Canucks
Sami Salo
To Ottawa Senators
Peter Schaefer
October 1, 2002 To Florida Panthers
Jani Hurme
To Ottawa Senators
Greg Watson,
Billy Thompson
December 16, 2002 To Washington Capitals
Josef Boumedienne
To Ottawa Senators
Dean Melanson
January 15, 2003 To Washington Capitals
Joel Kwiatkowski
To Ottawa Senators
Ninth-round pick in 2003 draft.
This pick returned to Washington for future considerations.
February 25, 2003 To Buffalo Sabres
Jakub Klepis
To Ottawa Senators
Vaclav Varada
Fifth-round pick in 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Tim Cook)
March 4, 2003 To Florida Panthers
Simon Lajeunesse
To Ottawa Senators
Joey Tetarenko
March 10, 2003 To Buffalo Sabres
future considerations
To Ottawa Senators
Rob Ray
March 10, 2003 To Nashville Predators
future considerations
To Ottawa Senators
Bob Wren
March 11, 2003 To Los Angeles Kings
Tim Gleason
Future considerations
To Ottawa Senators
Bryan Smolinski

WaiversEdit

January 15, 2003 To St. Louis Blues
Steve Martins

Source: (2007) Ottawa Senators 2007–08 Media Guide. Ottawa Senators, 185. 

RosterEdit

2002-03 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres



Sources:

Draft picksEdit

Ottawa's draft picks from the 2002 NHL Entry Draft held on June 22 and June 23, 2002 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
116 Jakub Klepis Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
247 Alexei Kaigorodov Flag of Russia Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Russia)
375 Arttu Luttinen Flag of Finland Finland HIFK (SM-liiga)
4113 Scott Dobben Flag of Canada.svg Canada Erie Otters (OHL)
4125 Johan Bjork Flag of Sweden Sweden Malmö IF (Sweden)
5150 Brock Hooton Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quesnel Millionaires (BCHL)
8246 Josef Vavra Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Vsetin HC (Czech.)
9276 Vitaly Atyushov Flag of Russia Russia Molot-Prikamye Perm (Russia)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NHL Attendance - 2003. ESPN. Retrieved on 2009-12-07.
  2. 2002–03 Ottawa Senators Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  3. "Ottawa Senators", Chris Robinson, pp. 74–91. Retrieved on 2007–07–07. 
  4. 2002-03 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
2002-03 NHL season by team
Atlantic New JerseyNY IslandersNY RangersPhiladelphiaPittsburgh
Northeast BostonBuffaloMontrealOttawaToronto
Southeast AtlantaCarolinaFloridaTampa BayWashington
Central ChicagoColumbusDetroitNashvilleSt. Louis
Northwest CalgaryColoradoEdmontonMinnesotaVancouver
Pacific AnaheimDallasLos AngelesPhoenixSan Jose
See also 2002 NHL Entry DraftStanley Cup PlayoffsFinals


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