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|2003–04 Detroit Red Wings · NHL|
|Presidents' Trophy Winners|
|Central Division Champions|
|General Manager||Ken Holland|
|Alternate captains|| Nicklas Lidstrom|
|Arena||Joe Louis Arena|
|Average attendance||20,066 (100%)|
|Goals||Pavel Datsyuk (30)|
|Assists||Brett Hull (43)|
|Points||Pavel Datsyuk (68)|
|Penalties in minutes||Brendan Shanahan (108)|
|Wins||Manny Legace (23)|
|Goals against average||Marc Lamothe (1.45)|
The 2003–04 Detroit Red Wings season was the 78th National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. Despite multiple injuries to key players, the Wings found themselves once again winning the Presidents' Trophy for having the best regular season record in the NHL, scoring 109 points. In the postseason, they advanced to the Western Conference Semi-Finals, where they were eliminated by the Calgary Flames in six games.
Two Red Wings were named to the roster for the 2004 All Star Game: defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom and center Pavel Datsyuk. Lidstrom was voted into his eighth appearance at the All-Star game by fans, and Datsyuk was selected to the roster for his first appearance.
The Red Wings sold out all 41 home games in 2003–04 as 20,066 fans packed Joe Louis Arena for every regular season and playoff game played in Detroit.
Detroit's early exit from the 2002-03 Stanley Cup playoffs left Curtis Joseph to be heavily scrutinized by the media as to whether or not he was up to task to start for Detroit. During the subsequent offseason, Dominik Hasek shocked the hockey world when he announced he was coming out of retirement and fulfilling his contractual obligation to the Red Wings. Given their previous success with Hasek, the Red Wings welcomed him back to the team.
With the Wings appearing to favor Hasek as their starting goaltender, Joseph opted to have surgery to repair his ankle prior to the start of the season; resulting with the Red Wings using Hasek and Manny Legace as their goaltending tandem. When Joseph returned from injury and subsequent conditioning assignment in the minors, anger quickly grew on and off the ice between Hasek and Joseph. Detroit's General Manager Ken Holland tried to move Joseph to alleviate the situation, but Holland wasn't able to find a trade or give Joseph up via the waiver wire because of his contract (the contract had two years remaining with an annual salary of $8 Million USD and included a no-trade clause, allowing Joseph to control who was traded to.) Unable to continue holding three goaltenders on roster, Detroit elected to send Joseph to Detroit's minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, on a permanent basis following a poor performance against the Washington Capitals.
While Hasek assumed the starting role, he didn't do so with ease. Hasek was not conditioned properly to handle the competition at the NHL level and was wrought with inconsistent play and injuries. By December 2003, both Hasek and Legace went down with injuries and Joseph was recalled from the minors along with Joey MacDonald. While MacDonald was returned to the minors when Legace returned from injury, Joseph remained with the Red Wings as Hasek opted to remain on the injured reserve and did not return for the remainder of the season.
Joseph and Legace would find themselves in a platoon until Joseph injured his ankle in a contest against the San Jose Sharks. The Red Wings recalled Marc Lamothe from the Griffins to support Legace. Lamothe would appear in two games during his time with Detroit, making him the fifth goaltender to dress for Detroit and the fourth to play for them that season (MacDonald did not play in any games while on roster.) Lamothe was returned to the minors once Joseph returned from injury.
Despite being viewed by many as Detroit's "third" goaltender, Manny Legace ended up the de facto starting goaltender for the season, leading the other goaltenders on the team in Games Played, Wins, and Shutouts (at the time, those were also career records for Legace.) Legace also had a better Save Percentage and Goals Against Average than either Hasek or Joseph. Based on his regular season play, Legace was named the starting goaltender going into the playoffs. During the opening round against the Nashville Predators, Legace won the first two games, but was pulled after the fourth game following consecutive 3-goal losses.
Joseph took over the starting duties and responded admirably, posting a .3 GAA, .977 Save Percentage, and one shutout for the remainder of the series. While Joseph had a strong performance against Calgary (1.83 GAA and .928 Save Percentage), Detroit suffered an offensive drought and, with the series tied at two games a piece, were shut out the final two games of the series, eliminating Detroit from the playoffs.
Joseph never appeared for the Wings again because the last year of his contract was nullified by the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. Instead, Joseph signed with the Phoenix Coyotes once the lockout was resolved. Legace went on to assume the starting role for Detroit, but was released after the season following another disappointing playoff exit. Hasek appeared with the Ottawa Senators during the 2005-06 season, but returned to Detroit for what would be his last two seasons as a professional goaltender.
Regular season Edit
Season standings Edit
|1||1||Detroit Red Wings||82||48||21||11||2||255||189||109|
|2||7||St. Louis Blues||82||39||30||11||2||191||198||91|
|4||14||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||25||45||8||4||177||238||62|
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.
For complete final standings, see 2003–04 NHL season
Record: 5–5–0–0; Home: 4–1–0–0; Road: 1–4–0–0
|1||October 9||Los Angeles||2 – 3||Detroit||Hasek||20,066||1–0–0||2|
|2||October 11||Detroit||3 – 2||Ottawa||OT||Hasek||18,500||2–0–0||4|
|3||October 16||Vancouver||2 – 3||Detroit||Hasek||20,066||3–0–0||6|
|4||October 18||Detroit||3 – 4||Pittsburgh||Hasek||13,421||3–1–0||6|
|5||October 20||Detroit||1 – 2||Montreal||Hasek||19,407||3–2–0||6|
|6||October 22||Columbus||1 – 4||Detroit||Legace||20,066||4–2–0||8|
|7||October 24||Dallas||0 – 4||Detroit||Hasek||20,066||5–2–0||10|
|8||October 25||Detroit||1 – 3||NY Rangers||Hasek||18,200||5–3–0||10|
|9||October 29||St. Louis||6 – 5||Detroit||Legace||20,066||5–4–0||10|
|10||October 30||Detroit||3 – 5||Nashville||Joseph||12,322||5–5–0||10|
Record: 9–4–2–0; Home: 4–2–0–0; Road: 5–2–2–0
|11||November 1||Detroit||4 – 4||Edmonton||OT||Legace||16,839||5–5–1–0||11|
|12||November 3||Detroit||1 – 5||Vancouver||Legace||18,630||5–6–1–0||11|
|13||November 4||Detroit||3 – 0||Calgary||Joseph||15,259||6–6–1–0||13|
|14||November 8||Nashville||4 – 3||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||6–7–1–0||13|
|15||November 10||Chicago||0 – 3||Detroit||Hasek||20,066||7–7–1–0||15|
|16||November 12||Detroit||6 – 2||Dallas||Hasek||18,532||8–7–1–0||17|
|17||November 14||Detroit||4 – 3||Chicago||OT||Hasek||21,856||9–7–1–0||19|
|18||November 15||Detroit||1 – 1||Minnesota||OT||Hasek||18,568||9–7–2–0||20|
|19||November 19||Columbus||1 – 5||Detroit||Legace||20,066||10–7–2–0||22|
|20||November 20||Detroit||0 – 3||Columbus||Legace||18,136||10–8–2–0||22|
|21||November 22||Detroit||5 – 2||Minnesota||Joseph||18,568||11–8–2–0||24|
|22||November 24||Washington||4 – 1||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||11–9–2–0||24|
|23||November 26||Edmonton||1 – 7||Detroit||Legace||20,066||12–9–2–0||26|
|24||November 28||NY Islanders||0 – 6||Detroit||Legace||20,066||13–9–2–0||28|
|25||November 29||Detroit||2 – 1||St. Louis||Legace||20,006||14–9–2–0||30|
Record: 9–3–2–1; Home: 7–0–1–0; Road: 2–3–1–1
|26||December 3||Anaheim||2 – 7||Detroit||Legace||20,066||15–9–2–0||32|
|27||December 4||Detroit||4 – 4||St. Louis||OT||Hasek||18,504||15–9–3–0||33|
|28||December 6||Detroit||2 – 5||Toronto||Legace||19,470||15–10–3–0||33|
|29||December 8||Los Angeles||2 – 3||Detroit||OT||Hasek||20,066||16–10–3–0||35|
|30||December 10||Detroit||7 – 2||Buffalo||Joseph||16,283||17–10–3–0||37|
|31||December 11||Detroit||3 – 4||Chicago||OT||Joseph||18,489||17–10–3–1||38|
|32||December 13||Detroit||5 – 1||Washington||Joseph||18,277||18–10–3–1||40|
|33||December 15||Florida||1 – 4||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||19–10–3–1||42|
|34||December 17||San Jose||2 – 2||Detroit||OT||Joseph||20,066||20–10–3–1||44|
|35||December 19||Chicago||2 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||21–10–3–1||46|
|36||December 20||Detroit||0 – 1||Nashville||Joseph||17,113||21–11–3–1||46|
|37||December 22||St. Louis||1 – 2||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||22–11–3–1||48|
|38||December 26||Minnesota||2 – 2||Detroit||OT||Joseph||20,066||22–11–4–1||49|
|39||December 28||Detroit||0 – 3||Chicago||Legace||21,122||22–12–4–1||49|
|40||December 31||Atlanta||5 – 6||Detroit||OT||Joseph||20,066||23–12–4–1||51|
Record: 6–3–4–1; Home: 4–1–2–0; Road: 2–2–2–1
|41||January 2||Detroit||4 – 1||Carolina||Joseph||17,053||24–12–4–1||53|
|42||January 3||Anaheim||1 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||25–12–4–1||55|
|43||January 5||Nashville||0 – 6||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||26–12–4–1||57|
|44||January 7||Boston||3 – 0||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||26–13–4–1||57|
|45||January 10||Detroit||1 – 2||Boston||OT||Joseph||17,565||26–13–4–2||58|
|46||January 14||Chicago||2 – 4||Detroit||Legace||20,066||27–13–4–2||60|
|47||January 16||Phoenix||3 – 3||Detroit||OT||Joseph||20,066||27–13–5–2||61|
|48||January 19||Detroit||1 – 2||San Jose||Joseph||17,361||27–14–5–2||61|
|49||January 21||Detroit||2 – 2||Anaheim||OT||Legace||17,174||27–14–6–2||62|
|50||January 22||Detroit||5 – 4||Los Angeles||Joseph||18,118||28–14–6–2||64|
|51||January 24||Detroit||2 – 5||Phoenix||Joseph||19,019||28–15–6–2||64|
|52||January 26||Detroit||2 – 2||Dallas||OT||Legace||18,532||28–15–7–2||65|
|53||January 29||New Jersey||2 – 5||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||29–15–7–2||67|
|54||January 31||Carolina||4 – 4||Detroit||OT||Legace||20,066||30–15–8–2||68|
Record: 8–2–1–0; Home: 5–1–0–0; Road: 3–1–1–0
|55||February 3||Detroit||4 – 1||Nashville||Legace||15,134||30–15–8–2||70|
|56||February 5||Detroit||3 – 2||Colorado||OT||Joseph||18,007||31–15–8–2||72|
|57||February 11||San Jose||2 – 4||Detroit||Legace||20,066||32–15–8–2||74|
|58||February 14||Colorado||5 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||32–16–8–2||74|
|59||February 16||Edmonton||1 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||33–16–8–2||76|
|60||February 18||Phoenix||2 – 5||Detroit||Legace||20,066||34–16–8–2||78|
|61||February 20||St. Louis||1 – 5||Detroit||Legace||20,066||35–16–8–2||80|
|62||February 23||Detroit||1 – 1||Edmonton||OT||Lamothe||16,839||35–16–9–2||81|
|63||February 24||Detroit||2 – 4||Vancouver||Legace||18,630||35–17–9–2||81|
|64||February 26||Detroit||2 – 1||Calgary||Legace||17,862||36–17–9–2||83|
|65||February 29||Philadelphia||2 – 4||Detroit||Legace||20,066||37–17–9–2||85|
Record: 10–3–2–0; Home: 6–1–1–0; Road: 4–2–1–0
|66||March 3||Calgary||1 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||38–17–9–2||87|
|67||March 5||Vancouver||1 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||39–17–9–2||89|
|68||March 8||Tampa Bay||1 – 1||Detroit||OT||Legace||20,066||39–17–10–2||90|
|69||March 11||Detroit||4 – 2||Columbus||Joseph||18,136||40–17–10–2||92|
|70||March 13||Dallas||0 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||41–17–10–2||94|
|71||March 14||Nashville||2 – 3||Detroit||OT||Joseph||20,066||42–17–10–2||96|
|72||March 16||Calgary||4 – 1||Detroit||Legace||20,066||42–18–10–2||96|
|73||March 18||Detroit||1 – 1||Phoenix||OT||Joseph||18,704||42–18–11–2||97|
|74||March 20||Detroit||4 – 2||Los Angeles||Joseph||18,118||43–18–11–2||99|
|75||March 21||Detroit||6 – 8||Anaheim||Joseph||17,174||43–19–11–2||99|
|76||March 23||Detroit||2 – 5||San Jose||Legace||17,496||43–20–11–2||99|
|77||March 25||Detroit||3 – 1||Colorado||Legace||18,007||44–20–11–2||101|
|78||March 27||Colorado||0 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||45–20–11–2||103|
|79||March 29||Minnesota||3 – 5||Detroit||Legace||20,066||46–20–11–2||105|
|80||March 31||Detroit||3 – 2||Columbus||Legace||18,136||47–20–11–2||107|
Record: 1–1–0–0; Home: 0–1–0–0; Road: 1–0–0–0
|81||April 1||Detroit||3 – 2||St. Louis||Lamothe||20,018||48–20–11–2||109|
|82||April 3||Columbus||4 – 1||Detroit||Legace||20,066||48–21–11–2||109|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates regulation loss.
- Yellow background indicates tie.
- White background indicates overtime loss.
The Detroit Red Wings ended the 2003–04 regular season as the Western Conference's first seed and played Nashville in the first round. They defeated Nashville in six games and met Calgary in the second round. Calgary would go on to defeat Detroit and reach the Stanley Cup Finals, losing in Game 7 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (8) Nashville PredatorsEdit
Detroit wins series 4–2
|1||April 7||Nashville||1 – 3||Detroit||Legace||20,066||1 – 0|
|2||April 10||Nashville||1 – 2||Detroit||Legace||20,066||2 – 0|
|3||April 11||Detroit||1 – 3||Nashville||Legace||17,113||2 – 1|
|4||April 13||Detroit||0 – 3||Nashville||Legace||17,113||2 – 2|
|5||April 15||Nashville||1 – 4||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||3 – 2|
|6||April 17||Detroit||2 – 0||Nashville||Joseph||17,329||4 – 2|
Western Conference Semi-finals: vs. (6) Calgary FlamesEdit
Calgary Flames win series 4–2
|1||April 22||Calgary||2 – 1||Detroit||OT||Joseph||20,066||0 – 1|
|2||April 24||Calgary||2 – 5||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||1 – 1|
|3||April 27||Detroit||2 – 3||Calgary||Joseph||19,289||1 – 2|
|4||April 29||Detroit||4 – 2||Calgary||Joseph||19,289||2 – 2|
|5||May 1||Calgary||1 – 0||Detroit||Joseph||20,066||2 – 3|
|6||May 3||Detroit||0 – 1||Calgary||OT||Joseph||19,289||2 – 4|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates loss.
Player stats Edit
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
*Stats reflect games played with Detroit only.
Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
Awards and recordsEdit
Trophies and awardsEdit
|February 27, 2004|| To Detroit Red Wings |
| To Washington Capitals |
First-round pick in 2004 Draft
Fourth-round pick in 2006 Draft
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|2||64||Jimmy Howard (G)||United States||University of Maine (NCAA)|
|4||132||Kyle Quincey (D)||Canada||London Knights (OHL)|
|5||164||Ryan Oulahen (C)||Canada||Brampton Battalion (OHL)|
|6||170||Andreas Sundin (LW)||Sweden||Linköpings HC (SWE)|
|6||194||Stefan Blom (D)||Sweden||Hammarby IF Hockey (SWE)|
|9||289||Mikael Johansson (C)||Sweden||Arvika (SWE)|
See also Edit
- Player stats: Detroit Red Wings player stats on espn.com
- Game log: Detroit Red Wings game log on espn.com, game log on detroitredwings.com & game log on databasehockey.com
- Team standings: NHL standings on espn.com
- ↑ Perreault, Selanne among all-stars, tsn.ca, September 6, 2007
- ↑ (2009) in Dinger, Ralph: The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates, 162.
- ↑ 2003 Who's In, Who's Out: NHL Roster Changes In The Summer of 2003, proicehockey.about.com, accessed September 4, 2007
|2003–04 NHL season by team|
|Atlantic||New Jersey • NY Islanders • NY Rangers • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh|
|Northeast||Boston • Buffalo • Montreal • Ottawa • Toronto|
|Southeast||Atlanta • Carolina • Florida • Tampa Bay • Washington|
|Central||Chicago • Columbus • Detroit • Nashville • St. Louis|
|Northwest||Calgary • Colorado • Edmonton • Minnesota • Vancouver|
|Pacific||Anaheim • Dallas • Los Angeles • Phoenix • San Jose|
|See also||Entry Draft • All-Star Game • Heritage Classic • Playoffs • Final • Transactions|
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