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2003–04 Ottawa Senators · NHL
Division 3 Northeast
Conference 5 Eastern
2003–04 record 43–29–10
Home record 23–8–5–5
Road record 20–15–5–1
Goals for 262
Goals against 189
General Manager John Muckler
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Alternate captains Zdeno Chara
Curtis Leschyshyn
Wade Redden
Arena Corel Centre
Average attendance 17,758 (92.7%)[1]
Team leaders
Goals Marian Hossa (36)
Assists Daniel Alfredsson (48)
Points Marian Hossa (82)
Penalties in minutes Chris Neil (194)
Wins Patrick Lalime (25)
Goals against average Martin Prusek (2.12)

The 2003–04 Ottawa Senators season would see the Senators again finish with over 100 points, finishing with 102, but this was good for only third in the tightly-contested division, as the Bruins would have 104 and the Leafs 103. Ottawa would meet Toronto in the first-round of the playoffs, meeting Toronto for the fourth time. Toronto would win the series 4–3 to end the Senators playoff hopes. Ottawa would fire head coach Jacques Martin after the playoff round.

OffseasonEdit

In the off-season, Eugene Melnyk would purchase the club to bring financial stability. Another change was in the General Manager position. Marshall Johnston resigned and was replaced by John Muckler on June 3, 2003. Muckler had been a candidate for the positions of Ottawa coach or GM back in 1992, but had chosen to sign on with the Buffalo Sabres instead.

On June 21, 2003, assistant coach Roger Neilson died after four years of battling cancer. The Senators would wear a patch on their jerseys with an illustration of his signature and a necktie. Mr. Neilson would often wear distinctive neckties and the necktie became associated with him, and also became the symbol for "Roger's House", a residence for the use of families with a family member fighting cancer while in hospital, established by him and the Senators.

Regular seasonEdit

Marian Hossa lead the club in scoring with 82 points, good enough for sixth overall in the league, which had become low-scoring.

HighlightsEdit

On February 5, 2004, the Senators were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs and were leading 4–0 in the second period. The flu started affecting players on the Senators leading the team to be down to only 15 skaters by the end of the game. The Maple Leafs took full advantage and won the game 5–4 in overtime.[2]

On March 5, 2004, in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, a record was set for the most penalty minutes in a game by both teams at 419 minutes. Five brawls broke out in the last two minutes of the game. It took the officials until 90 minutes after the game was over to sort out the penalties. By the end of the game Philadelphia had 213 penalty minutes and seven men left on the bench, while Ottawa finished with 203 penalty minutes and six men left.

Division standingsEdit

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
12Boston Bruins 82 41 19 15 7 209 188 104
24Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 24 10 3 242 204 103
35Ottawa Senators 82 43 23 10 6 262 189 102
47Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 7 4 208 192 93
59Buffalo Sabres 82 37 34 7 4 220 221 85

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
1WOctober 9, 20035–2 Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 1–0–0–0
2LOctober 11, 20032–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 1–0–0–1
3LOctober 15, 20033–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 1–1–0–1
4WOctober 17, 20033–0 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 2–1–0–1
5WOctober 18, 20034–1 @ San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 3–1–0–1
6WOctober 23, 20035–1 Washington Capitals (2003–04) 4–1–0–1
7WOctober 25, 20036–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 5–1–0–1
8LOctober 30, 20032–3 Florida Panthers (2003–04) 5–2–0–1
9TNovember 1, 20031–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 5–2–1–1
10LNovember 3, 20033–6 @ New York Islanders (2003–04) 5–3–1–1
11TNovember 6, 20033–3 OT Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 5–3–2–1
12LNovember 8, 20030–1 New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 5–4–2–1
13WNovember 11, 20035–3 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 6–4–2–1
14WNovember 13, 20035–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 7–4–2–1
15LNovember 15, 20032–3 Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 7–5–2–1
16LNovember 17, 20031–2 Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 7–6–2–1
17WNovember 20, 20036–1 Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 8–6–2–1
18LNovember 22, 20031–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 8–6–2–2
19LNovember 23, 20032–6 @ New York Rangers (2003–04) 8–7–2–2
20WNovember 25, 20036–3 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 9–7–2–2
21LNovember 27, 20032–3 OT Vancouver Canucks (2003–04) 9–7–2–3
22LNovember 29, 20031–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 9–8–2–3
23WDecember 1, 20034–1 Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 10–8–2–3
24WDecember 3, 20034–0 @ Florida Panthers (2003–04) 11–8–2–3
25WDecember 4, 20034–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 12–8–2–3
26LDecember 6, 20031–2 New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 12–9–2–3
27TDecember 8, 20032–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 12–9–3–3
28WDecember 11, 20033–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 13–9–3–3
29LDecember 13, 20032–3 Boston Bruins (2003–04) 13–10–3–3
30WDecember 18, 20036–1 Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 14–10–3–3
31WDecember 20, 20033–1 New York Rangers (2003–04) 15–10–3–3
32WDecember 22, 20033–2 OT Florida Panthers (2003–04) 16–10–3–3
33TDecember 23, 20032–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 16–10–4–3
34TDecember 26, 20033–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 16–10–5–3
35WDecember 28, 20035–2 Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 17–10–5–3
36WDecember 30, 20033–0 @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 18–10–5–3
37WJanuary 1, 20041–0 New York Islanders (2003–04) 19–10–5–3
38WJanuary 3, 20045–2 Washington Capitals (2003–04) 20–10–5–3
39WJanuary 6, 20045–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 21–10–5–3
40WJanuary 8, 20047–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 22–10–5–3
41LJanuary 9, 20042–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 22–11–5–3
42TJanuary 11, 20042–2 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 22–11–6–3
43WJanuary 13, 20044–0 @ New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 23–11–6–3
44TJanuary 15, 20044–4 OT New York Islanders (2003–04) 23–11–7–3
45WJanuary 17, 20044–0 Boston Bruins (2003–04) 24–11–7–3
46LJanuary 19, 20042–5 @ New York Islanders (2003–04) 24–12–7–3
47WJanuary 20, 20043–1 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 25–12–7–3
48WJanuary 22, 20046–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 26–12–7–3
49WJanuary 24, 20049–1 New York Rangers (2003–04) 27–12–7–3
50LJanuary 28, 20043–5 @ Dallas Stars (2003–04) 27–13–7–3
51WJanuary 29, 20044–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 28–13–7–3
52LJanuary 31, 20041–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 28–14–7–3
53LFebruary 3, 20041–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 28–15–7–3
54LFebruary 5, 20044–5 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 28–15–7–4
55WFebruary 10, 20043–1 St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 29–15–7–4
56WFebruary 12, 20043–2 OT Boston Bruins (2003–04) 30–15–7–4
57WFebruary 14, 20045–2 Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 31–15–7–4
58WFebruary 16, 20044–1 @ New York Rangers (2003–04) 32–15–7–4
59TFebruary 17, 20041–1 OT @ Washington Capitals (2003–04) 32–15–8–4
60LFebruary 19, 20042–3 OT Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 32–15–8–5
61WFebruary 21, 20042–1 Calgary Flames (2003–04) 33–15–8–5
62WFebruary 22, 20046–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 34–15–8–5
63LFebruary 24, 20042–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 34–16–8–5
64TFebruary 26, 20041–1 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 34–16–9–5
65WFebruary 28, 20047–1 Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 35–16–9–5
66LMarch 3, 20043–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 35–17–9–5
67LMarch 5, 20043–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 35–18–9–5
68WMarch 6, 20044–2 Nashville Predators (2003–04) 36–18–9–5
69WMarch 8, 20044–1 @ Washington Capitals (2003–04) 37–18–9–5
70LMarch 11, 20042–4 @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 37–19–9–5
71WMarch 13, 20042–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (2003–04) 38–19–9–5
72LMarch 14, 20041–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 38–20–9–5
73LMarch 16, 20042–5 @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 38–21–9–5
74WMarch 18, 20042–0 Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 39–21–9–5
75LMarch 20, 20042–3 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 39–21–9–6
76LMarch 23, 20042–4 @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 39–22–9–6
77WMarch 25, 20044–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 40–22–9–6
78TMarch 27, 20042–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 40–22–10–6
79WMarch 29, 20045–4 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 41–22–10–6
80WMarch 31, 20045–4 @ Florida Panthers (2003–04) 42–22–10–6
81WApril 2, 20043–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 43–22–10–6
82LApril 3, 20040–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 43–23–10–6

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PlayoffsEdit

In the first round of the 2004 playoffs, the Senators would lose again to the Maple Leafs for the fourth straight time. By now, Ottawa had developed a strong rivalry with their Ontario cousins and there was a great deal of pressure on the team to finally defeat the Leafs. Two days after the Senators' loss, coach Jacques Martin was fired, and goaltender Patrick Lalime was later traded to the St. Louis Blues.

Mr. Martin had been coach of the Senators for eight and a half years. He was well respected, earned a 341–255–96 regular season record with the Senators, had led the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances, and was widely credited with changing the team into a league leader. He also won the Jack Adams Trophy in 1999. However, after losing eight of twelve playoff series, including all four series in five years versus the Leafs, team management felt that a new coach was required for playoff success.

On June 8, 2004, Bryan Murray of nearby town Shawville, Quebec, became the team's fifth head coach, leaving the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim where he had been general manager.

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 8 Ottawa 4 Toronto 2
April 10 Ottawa 0 Toronto 2
April 12 Toronto 2 Ottawa 0
April 14 Toronto 1 Ottawa 4
April 16 Ottawa 0 Toronto 2
April 18 Toronto 1 Ottawa 2 2OT
April 20 Ottawa 1 Toronto 4
Toronto wins series 4–3

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW 81 36 46 82 4641415
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 77 32 48 80 2412905
Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat RW 68 31 37 68 46121307
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 78 22 33 55 7122503
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 80 19 27 46 4922403
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 66 12 32 44 662601
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 81 17 26 43 65211203
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara D 79 16 25 41 14733703
Schaefer, PeterPeter Schaefer LW 81 15 24 39 2622223
White, ToddTodd White C 53 9 20 29 2212112
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 82 7 16 23 4615001
Langfeld, JoshJosh Langfeld RW 38 7 10 17 166202
Rachunek, KarelKarel Rachunek D 60 1 16 17 2917000
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 82 8 8 16 19413001
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette C 57 7 7 14 165010
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra RW 23 5 9 14 161201
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 73 2 10 12 806010
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 30 5 5 10 262001
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher C 24 4 6 10 39-3100
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier D 55 2 6 8 246101
Schastlivy, PetrPetr Schastlivy LW 43 2 4 6 14-1101
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 56 1 4 5 1613000
Hnidy, ShaneShane Hnidy D 37 0 5 5 722000
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 19 1 2 3 81000
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G 57 0 2 2 170000
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 6 1 0 1 140000
de Vries, GregGreg de Vries D 13 0 1 1 60000
Payer, SergeSerge Payer C 5 0 1 1 21000
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek G 29 0 1 1 00000
Simpson, ToddTodd Simpson D 16 0 1 1 47-1000
Emery, RayRay Emery G 3 0 0 0 20000
Hamel, DenisDenis Hamel LW 5 0 0 0 0-3000
Hull, JodyJody Hull RW 1 0 0 0 00000
Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly C/LW 4 0 0 0 0-2000
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich C 1 0 0 0 20000
Vauclair, JulienJulien Vauclair D 1 0 0 0 21000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 3324 57 25 23 7 127 2.29 513341207.905
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek 1528 29 16 6 3 54 2.12 3651597.917
Emery, RayRay Emery 126 3 2 0 0 5 2.38 05247.904
Team: 4978 82 43 29 10 186 2.24 820371851.909

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW 7 3 1 4 02102
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 7 1 2 3 20000
Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat RW 7 0 3 3 2-1000
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara D 7 1 1 2 83000
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 7 1 1 2 4-2000
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 7 1 1 2 40000
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 7 0 2 2 02000
Schaefer, PeterPeter Schaefer LW 7 0 2 2 41000
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher C 7 1 0 1 40001
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 7 1 0 1 122100
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 7 1 0 1 2-5100
White, ToddTodd White C 7 1 0 1 4-1000
de Vries, GregGreg de Vries D 7 0 1 1 8-2000
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 7 0 1 1 190000
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette C 4 0 1 1 4-1000
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra RW 7 0 0 0 6-4000
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G 7 0 0 0 20000
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 2 0 0 0 0-1000
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier D 7 0 0 0 6-2000
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek G 1 0 0 0 00000
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 3 0 0 0 2-1000
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 5 0 0 0 60000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 398 7 3 4 13 1.96 0139126.906
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek 40 1 0 0 1 1.50 01514.933
Team: 438 7 3 4 14 1.92 0154140.909

[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

September 10, 2003 To Florida Panthers
2004 draft ninth-round pick
To Ottawa Senators
Serge Payer
October 5, 2003 To Washington Capitals
future considerations
To Ottawa Senators
LW Denis Hamel
December 29, 2003 To Florida Panthers
D Wade Brookbank
To Ottawa Senators
future considerations
January 6, 2004 To Atlanta Thrashers
C Daniel Corso
To Ottawa Senators
RW Brad Tapper
January 23, 2004 To Colorado Avalanche
RW Dennis Bonvie
To Ottawa Senators
C/RW Charlie Stephens
February 4, 2004 To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
LW Petr Schastlivy
To Ottawa Senators
D Todd Simpson
February 18, 2004 To Washington Capitals
C Brooks Laich
Second-round draft choice, 2005 draft
future considerations
To Ottawa Senators
RW Peter Bondra
March 9, 2004 To Nashville Predators
D Shane Hnidy
To Ottawa Senators
Colorado Avalanche third-round pick in 2004 draft (Peter Regin Jensen)

WaiversEdit

October 3, 2003 To Nashville Predators
Wade Brookbank
October 3, 2003 To Washington Capitals
Denis Hamel
December 19, 2003 From Vancouver Canucks
Wade Brookbank

Source: (2008) Ottawa Senators 2008–09 Media Guide. Ottawa Senators, 189–190. 

RosterEdit

2003-04 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres



Sources:

Draft picksEdit

Ottawa's draft picks from the 2003 NHL Entry Draft held on June 21 and June 22, 2003 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (League)
129 Patrick Eaves Flag of the United States United States Boston College (NCAA)
267 Igor Mirnov Flag of Russia Russia Moscow Dynamo (Russia)
3100 Philippe Seydoux Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Kloten (Swiss.)
4135 Matt Karlsson Flag of Sweden Sweden Brynäs IF (SEL)
5142 Tim Cook Flag of the United States United States River City Lancers (USHL)
5166 Sergei Gimayev Flag of Russia Russia Severstal Cherepovets (Russia)
7228 Will Colbert Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
8269 Ossi Louhivaara Flag of Finland Finland Kookoo (Finland)
9291 Brian Elliott Flag of Canada.svg Canada University of Wisconsin–Madison (NCAA)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NHL Attendance - 2004. ESPN. Retrieved on 2009-12-01.
  2. Panzeri, Allen (February 6, 2004), "Senators sick over loss", National Post: pg. S1
  3. 2003–04 Ottawa Senators Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  4. 2003-04 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  • (2004) National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2005. Dan Diamond & Associates. 



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