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2007–08 Ottawa Senators · NHL
Division 2nd Northeast
Conference 7th Eastern
2007–08 record 43–31–8
Home record 22–15–4
Road record 21–16–4
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach John Paddock (Oct-Feb)
Bryan Murray (Feb-Apr)
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Alternate captains Chris Phillips
Wade Redden
Arena Scotiabank Place
Average attendance 19,821 (103.5%)
Team leaders
Goals Dany Heatley (41)
Assists Jason Spezza (58)
Points Jason Spezza (92)
Penalties in minutes Chris Neil (199)
Wins Martin Gerber (30)
Goals against average Martin Gerber (2.72)

The 2007–08 Ottawa Senators season began on October 3, 2007, in Toronto against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was the Ottawa Senators' 15th season in the National Hockey League. The Senators started strongly in the regular season, but the team slumped after Christmas, and just barely qualified for the playoffs. The slump caused the Senators to fire John Paddock who was in his first season as coach. The Senators lost in the first round, losing in a sweep by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

OffseasonEdit

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft was held in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23, and the Sens used their first-round draft pick, 29th overall, to select James O'Brien.

Prior to the season, the Senators changed their staff, promoting Bryan Murray to general manager, and John Paddock to coach. Previous general manager John Muckler did not accept another position with the Senators and resigned. Two players, Mike Comrie and Tom Preissing, left as free agents, and Peter Schaefer was traded to Boston for Shean Donovan.

Pre-seasonEdit

In the pre-season, a major incident occurred in the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on September 25. Early in the second period, forward Dean McAmmond was hit in the head by Steve Downie of the Flyers. Downie was given a match penalty with automatic suspension. McAmmond was diagnosed with a concussion. Four Flyer players were injured in the match, won by the Senators by two goals.[1] Steve Downie was eventually suspended for 20 games for the hit,[2] also adding a 9 game suspension from the NHL's affiliate, the American Hockey League. The Senators won all seven of their pre-season games, and were the only NHL team to do so that year.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

The Senators opened the regular season with two straight wins over their rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Battle of Ontario. The season opener at Toronto ended in overtime with right winger Dany Heatley notching two goals and an assist to start the season off 1–0–0. That afternoon, Heatley also agreed to a new contract, a six year, $45 million deal.[4] The Senators earned another win the following day in their home opener, with captain Daniel Alfredsson scoring two goals. Before the game, the 2007 Eastern Conference Champions banner was raised to the rafters of Scotiabank Place.

The Sens went undefeated to start the season until the streak was snapped in their sixth game with a 5–3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, on October 11. In a later win vs. Montreal, rookie and draft pick Nick Foligno scored his first NHL goal off a wrap-around attempt on Carey Price. He celebrated the goal by imitating his father Mike's signature goal celebration, a high jump.

After a 8–1 record to start the season, and with a one week break, head coach John Paddock organized a team retreat to the Muskoka area starting on October 21.[5] With their win over the Maple Leafs on November 6, 2007, the Senators set a team record by recording their eighth consecutive win. They also set an NHL record for the best start to a season after 14 games.[6]

Also on November 6, six Senators were named to the All-Star Game ballot: Daniel Alfredsson, Ray Emery, Dany Heatley, Chris Phillips, Wade Redden and Jason Spezza. The most from any one team in the NHL.[7] As of December 5, 2007, Daniel Alfredsson trails only Sidney Crosby in the Eastern Conference voting for forwards with 119,825 votes.[8]

After a 4–2 win against Montreal, the Senators entered into a 7–game losing skid (0–4–3) recording 3 points, matching a record for straight losses set in the 1995–96 season. The Sens then rebounded with a 6–game winning streak.

On January 2, 2008, coach Paddock was named to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team[9] and Jason Spezza was named the NHL's number one star for the month of December.[10] On January 8, 2008, Daniel Alfredsson was named to the starting lineup for the All-Star game, based on fan voting.[11] He is the first Senator ever to be voted to the starting lineup. Alfredsson will be making his fifth appearance in the All-Star Game.[12]

On January 11, 2008, Alfredsson's 'CASH line' linemates, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza were named to the All-Star Game roster.[13] They are the first complete line named since 1981, when the "Triple Crown" line of the Los Angeles Kings was named. However due to Heatley's shoulder injury suffered against the Detroit Red Wings earlier in January, he did not dress in the game.

On January 24, 2008, in a game against Tampa Bay, Daniel Alfredsson set a new team record for points in a single game, getting seven points on three goals and four assists.[14] This topped the team record of six, done three times, the last time by Alfredsson himself against Buffalo on November 2, 2005.[15] A six-point game had also been done by Dan Quinn and Radek Bonk. The seven point night put Alfredsson into the overall lead in the scoring race for the all-star break. Also, Alfredsson was named the "First Star" for the week on January 28, 2008.[16] He was also named Hockey News "Player of the Week" on that same day.[17]

On January 28, 2008, Ray Emery arrived late for a practice in New York on the first day back after the All-Star Game. Emery was fined $15,000 and the money was donated to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation. Despite his team's disappointment with his behaviour, it did not stop Emery starting against the Maple Leafs in a nationally-televised game, following Coach Paddock's "lose and you're out" policy of rotating his goaltenders depending on the team winning or losing, and not the goaltender's performance.

THN Cover April 1

Cover of Hockey News, April 1, 2008.

Dany Heatley returned from his separated shoulder injury after a month on injured reserve on February 7, 2008, scoring two goals in a win against the Florida Panthers.

On February 8, 2008, The Sports Network (TSN) reported that Wade Redden refused to waive his no-trade clause for a possible deal with the San Jose Sharks. Redden's agent was quoted as saying that "Redden wants to stay in Ottawa and contribute to Ottawa winning the Stanley Cup.[18]

On February 11, 2008, the Senators made a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes sending defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves in exchange for forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Mike Commodore in a trade for "Stanley Cup experience", according to manager Murray.[19] Also that day, the NHL announced that Jason Spezza was named "First Star" for the week, after recording 11 points in the previous week's three games.

On February 27, 2008, after a prolonged slump through January and February during which the Senators won only 7 of 21 games, Murray fired head coach Paddock and assistant coach Ron Low, taking over the coaching duties himself.[20] Both Low and Paddock were offered other jobs within the organization. Murray said he told them to call him in a few weeks.[21]

The Senators trailed Buffalo 3–1 on March 25, 2008, with under eight minutes to play in the third period but scored five unanswered goals to win 6–3. It was only the third time in NHL history that a team scored six-or-more goals in a game despite scoring no more than one goal through the first 52:00.[22]

The team remained upbeat after the poor play and coaching change. Alfredsson appeared on the cover of the April 1, 2008, issue of The Hockey News, proclaiming "Don't Count Us Out". This was his seventh appearance on the cover of the magazine.[23] The article interviewed Alfredsson, Fisher and Murray, and discussed the up and down play of the team, and its defensive play which has allowed more goals than previous seasons.[24] Wayne Gretzky was quoted about the team: "This might mature them as a team going through this tough patch."[25]

Entering the final week of play, the Senators needed 3 points in 3 games to guarantee a playoff position ahead of the Washington Capitals who held an edge in a tie-breaker between the teams. In the first game, Montreal would defeat the Senators 3–0. According to the Globe and Mail, before the next game on April 3 in Toronto, Ottawa employed the use of sports psychologist Dr. Max Offenberger.[26] The Senators defeated the Maple Leafs 8–2, but lost Alfredsson and Fisher to injuries, adding to Chris Kelly who was already sidelined. The Capitals continued to win, and it came down to the Senators final game, on April 4 at home against Boston, needing one point to clinch a spot. Despite a 2–1 Senators' loss that night the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Florida Panthers and the Senators clinched a playoff berth for the 11th straight season.

On April 6, the final day of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins played the Philadelphia Flyers to decide the final seedings and lost 2–0, drawing the Senators as first round opponents. According to Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer it appeared deliberate:

“Two days after Double Clinch Friday came Letdown Sunday. Fans who filled the Wachovia Center expecting a fresh installment of There Will Be Blood got stuck watching Farce of the Penguins instead.
No Sidney Crosby, not much effort. The Pittsburgh Penguins paid the Flyers a huge compliment yesterday. They made it embarrassingly clear that they preferred to face the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs. After skating through the motions of a 2–0 loss to Philadelphia, the Pens will indeed face the Sens.”[27]

Divisional standingsEdit

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
11 z-Montreal Canadiens 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
27 Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
38 Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
410 Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
512 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Montreal Canadiens * 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
y-Pittsburgh Penguins * 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
y-Washington Capitals * 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
New Jersey Devils 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
New York Rangers 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
Ottawa Senators 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
Boston Bruins 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
Carolina Hurricanes 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
Buffalo Sabres 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
Florida Panthers 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
New York Islanders 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
Atlanta Thrashers 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 31 42 9 223 267 71
bold - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, * - division leader

Game logEdit

2007–08 Game log

NovemberEdit

Record: 7–5–2; Home: 5–3–1; Road: 2–2–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
11 November 1 Atlanta 4 – 6 Ottawa Emery 18,538 10–1–0 20
12 November 3 Boston 2 – 3 Ottawa Gerber 19,939 11–1–0 22
13 November 4 Ottawa 2 – 1 Boston SO Gerber 10,087 12–1–0 24
14 November 6 Toronto 1 – 5 Ottawa Gerber 19,613 13–1–0 26
15 November 8 Washington 4 – 1 Ottawa Emery 19,666 13–2–0 26
16 November 10 Montreal 1 – 3 Ottawa Gerber 20,065 14–2–0 28
17 November 15 Buffalo 2 – 3 Ottawa Gerber 19,279 15–2–0 30
18 November 17 Ottawa 0 – 3 Toronto Gerber 19,596 15–3–0 30
19 November 19 Ottawa 4 – 2 Montreal Gerber 21,273 16–3–0 32
20 November 21 Ottawa 2 – 4 Buffalo Emery 18,690 16–4–0 32
21 November 22 Pittsburgh 6 – 5 Ottawa SO Gerber 20,061 16–4–1 33
22 November 24 Philadelphia 4 – 3 Ottawa Emery 20,128 16–5–1 33
23 November 28 Ottawa 2 – 3 NY Islanders SO Emery 9,211 16–5–2 34
24 November 29 Nashville 6 – 5 Ottawa Emery 19,538 16–6–2 34

DecemberEdit

Record: 9–3–2; Home: 2–2–1; Road: 7–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
25 December 1 NY Rangers 5 – 2 Ottawa Gerber 20,003 16–7–2 34
26 December 4 Ottawa 3 – 4 Tampa Bay SO Emery 17,540 16–7–3 35
27 December 5 Ottawa 5 – 4 Florida Emery 11,289 17–7–3 37
28 December 7 Ottawa 4 – 2 Dallas Emery 18,016 18–7–3 39
29 December 12 Ottawa 6 – 0 Carolina Emery1 15,268 19–7–3 41
30 December 13 Ottawa 4 – 1 Pittsburgh Gerber 16,982 20–7–3 43
31 December 15 Atlanta 3 – 7 Ottawa Gerber 20,082 21–7–3 45
32 December 18 Ottawa 3 – 2 Boston Gerber 14,874 22–7–3 47
33 December 20 Ottawa 2 – 3 Atlanta Gerber 14,085 22–8–3 47
34 December 22 Chicago 4 – 3 Ottawa OT Emery 20,171 22–8–4 48
35 December 23 Ottawa 3 – 1 NY Rangers Gerber 18,200 23–8–4 50
36 December 26 Ottawa 5 – 3 Buffalo Gerber 18,690 24–8–4 52
37 December 27 NY Islanders 2 – 5 Ottawa Gerber 20,268 25–8–4 54
38 December 29 Washington 8 – 6 Ottawa Gerber 20,296 25–9–4 54

Note 1: Emery had to leave this game with a sore hip at the 5:24 mark of the 1st period, but was credited with the win because he was in the net when the game-winning goal was scored. Neither Gerber or Emery will get the shutout included in their stats due to the fact that it was shared.

JanuaryEdit

Record: 7–7–0; Home: 4–3–0; Road: 3–4–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
39 January 1 Ottawa 3 – 6 Washington Emery 14,547 25–10–4 54
40 January 4 Ottawa 5 – 3 Buffalo Emery 18,690 26–10–4 56
41 January 5 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Ottawa OT Emery 20,108 27–10–4 58
42 January 10 Buffalo 2 – 3 Ottawa SO Gerber 19,843 28–10–4 60
43 January 12 Detroit 2 – 3 Ottawa Emery 20,208 29–10–4 62
44 January 13 NY Islanders 3 – 1 Ottawa Gerber 19,804 29–11–4 62
45 January 15 Ottawa 2 – 4 Washington Emery 15,261 29–12–4 62
46 January 17 Carolina 1 – 5 Ottawa Gerber 19,720 30–12–4 64
47 January 19 Tampa Bay 2 – 0 Ottawa Emery 20,091 30–13–4 64
48 January 20 Ottawa 1 – 6 Philadelphia Gerber 19,742 30–14–4 64
49 January 22 Ottawa 3 – 5 Florida Emery 12,794 30–15–4 64
50 January 24 Ottawa 8 – 4 Tampa Bay Gerber 16,346 31–15–4 66
51 January 29 Ottawa 5 – 2 NY Islanders Gerber 9,546 32–15–4 68
52 January 31 Boston 4 – 1 Ottawa Gerber 19,959 32–16–4 68

FebruaryEdit

Record: 4–7–2; Home: 3–3–1; Road: 1–4–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 2 Ottawa 2 – 4 Toronto Emery 19,543 32–17–4 68
54 February 5 Ottawa 3 – 4 Montreal Gerber 21,273 32–18–4 68
55 February 7 Florida 4 – 5 Ottawa Emery 19,435 33–18–4 70
56 February 9 Montreal 1 – 6 Ottawa Emery 20,297 34–18–4 72
57 February 12 Buffalo 5 – 1 Ottawa Emery 19,564 34–19–4 72
58 February 13 Ottawa 2 – 3 New Jersey OT Gerber 12,339 34–19–5 73
59 February 16 New Jersey 3 – 2 Ottawa Emery 20,201 34–20–5 73
60 February 19 Philadelphia 2 – 3 Ottawa SO Emery 19,729 35–20–5 75
61 February 21 Columbus 3 – 2 Ottawa SO Emery 19,612 35–20–6 76
62 February 23 Ottawa 4 – 3 Pittsburgh OT Emery 17,132 36–20–6 78
63 February 25 Toronto 5 – 0 Ottawa Emery 19,861 36–21–6 78
64 February 26 Ottawa 0 – 4 Boston Gerber 13,451 36–22–6 78
65 February 28 Ottawa 1 – 3 Philadelphia Emery 19,567 36–23–6 78

MarchEdit

Record: 6–6–2; Home: 3–1–1; Road: 3–5–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
66 March 1 Pittsburgh 4 – 5 Ottawa Gerber 20,153 37–23–6 80
67 March 3 Ottawa 1 – 3 Anaheim Gerber 17,174 37–24–6 80
68 March 5 Ottawa 2 – 3 San Jose OT Gerber 17,496 37–24–7 81
69 March 6 Ottawa 0 – 2 Los Angeles Gerber 17,580 37–25–7 81
70 March 8 Ottawa 4 – 2 Phoenix Gerber 16,922 38–25–7 83
71 March 11 Boston 1 – 4 Ottawa Gerber 20,14339–25–7 85
72 March 13 Ottawa 3 – 0 Montreal Gerber 21,273 40–25–7 87
73 March 16 Ottawa 1 – 5 Carolina Gerber 18,680 40–26–7 87
74 March 20 St. Louis 2 – 3 Ottawa Gerber 20,027 41–26–7 89
75 March 22 Toronto 5 – 4 Ottawa Gerber 20,183 41–27–7 89
76 March 24 Ottawa 5 – 7 Montreal Emery 21,273 41–28–7 89
77 March 25 Ottawa 6 – 3 Buffalo Gerber 18,690 42–28–7 91
78 March 27 Buffalo 4 – 3 Ottawa SO Gerber 19,883 42–28–8 92
79 March 29 Ottawa 0 – 4 Boston Gerber 17,565 42–29–8 92

AprilEdit

Record: 1-2-0; Home: 0-2-0; Road: 1-0-0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 1 Montreal 3 – 0 Ottawa Gerber 20,326 42–30–8 92
81 April 3 Ottawa 8 - 2 Toronto Gerber 19,466 43-30-8 94
82 April 4 Boston 2 - 1 Ottawa Gerber 20,232 43-31-8 94
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

PlayoffsEdit

The Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff spot for the 11th straight year, finishing 2nd in the Northeast Division, and 7th in the Eastern Conference. The Senators faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals and lost the series 4–0. The result led to speculation in the media that Ray Emery's contract would be bought out and free agents Mike Commodore, Martin Lapointe, Wade Redden, Luke Richardson and Cory Stillman would not return for the 2008–09 season.[28] GM Bryan Murray was given a public endorsement by owner Eugene Melnyk and is expected to return.[29] On April 18, 2008, Murray confirmed to the media in an end-of-season press conference that Emery would not return: "My plan is not to have him back."[30]

2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 76 34 58 92 66261106
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 70 40 49 89 3415975
Heatley, DanyDany Heatley LW 71 41 41 82 76331308
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette C 81 24 29 53 513433
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher C 79 23 24 47 82-10624
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 80 6 32 38 6011401
Meszaros, AndrejAndrej Meszaros D 82 9 27 36 505611
Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly C/LW 75 11 19 30 303011
Robitaille, RandyRandy Robitaille C 68 10 19 29 184101
Corvo, JoeJoe Corvo D 51 6 21 27 1813101
Schubert, ChristophChristoph Schubert D 82 8 16 24 647100
McAmmond, DeanDean McAmmond C 68 9 13 22 121031
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 68 6 14 20 199-3001
Stillman, CoryCory Stillman LW 24 3 16 19 10-8100
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 81 5 13 18 5615101
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 67 1 14 15 5514001
Donovan, SheanShean Donovan RW 82 5 7 12 73-3003
Eaves, PatrickPatrick Eaves RW 26 4 6 10 60101
Foligno, NickNick Foligno LW 45 6 3 9 200000
Richardson, LukeLuke Richardson D 76 2 7 9 411000
Lapointe, MartinMartin Lapointe RW 18 3 3 6 23-2100
Bass, CodyCody Bass C 21 2 2 4 19-1011
McGrattan, BrianBrian McGrattan RW 38 0 3 3 460000
Commodore, MikeMike Commodore D 26 0 2 2 26-9000
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber G 57 0 2 2 60000
Lee, BrianBrian Lee D 6 0 1 1 41000
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott G 1 0 0 0 00000
Emery, RayRay Emery G 31 0 0 0 60000
Hennessy, JoshJosh Hennessy C 5 0 0 0 0-1000
Nikulin, AlexanderAlexander Nikulin C 2 0 0 0 0-2000
Nycholat, LawrenceLawrence Nycholat D 3 0 0 0 01000
Winchester, JesseJesse Winchester C 1 0 0 0 20000
Zubov, IlyaIlya Zubov C 1 0 0 0 00000

Stillman and Commodore totals only include time with Senators.

Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 3197 57 30 18 4 145 2.72 216191474.910
Emery, RayRay Emery 1689 31 12 13 4 88 3.13 0800712.890
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott 60 1 1 0 0 1 1.00 02928.966
Team: 4946 82 43 31 8 234 2.84 224482214.904

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Stillman, CoryCory Stillman LW 4 2 0 2 2-4100
Commodore, MikeMike Commodore D 4 0 2 2 0-1000
Bass, CodyCody Bass C 4 1 0 1 60000
Donovan, SheanShean Donovan RW 4 1 0 1 2-1000
Foligno, NickNick Foligno LW 4 1 0 1 20000
Heatley, DanyDany Heatley LW 4 0 1 1 6-5000
Meszaros, AndrejAndrej Meszaros D 4 0 1 1 6-4000
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 4 0 1 1 220000
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 4 0 1 1 11-4000
Robitaille, RandyRandy Robitaille C 2 0 1 1 01000
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 4 0 1 1 0-4000
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 4 0 1 1 20000
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 2 0 0 0 0-2000
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber G 4 0 0 0 00000
Lapointe, MartinMartin Lapointe RW 4 0 0 0 4-1000
Lee, BrianBrian Lee D 4 0 0 0 2-1000
McAmmond, DeanDean McAmmond C 4 0 0 0 40000
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 4 0 0 0 4-2000
Schubert, ChristophChristoph Schubert D 4 0 0 0 80000
Vermette, AntoineAntoine Vermette C 4 0 0 0 4-4000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 238 4 0 4 14 3.53 0159145.912
Team: 238 4 0 4 14 3.53 0159145.912

[31]

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

RecordsEdit

  • On November 6, 2007, the Ottawa Senators set a new franchise record for most consecutive wins (8) with a 5–1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. They also set an NHL record for most points accumulated (26) after 14 games played, going 13–1–0 in that span.
  • On January 24, 2008, Senators' Captain Daniel Alfredsson broke the franchise record for most points in a game by one player by scoring 3 goals + 4 assists for 7 points in an 8–4 romp over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 3 goals were scored in 3 different ways: One was scored 5–on-5, another was scored on a powerplay, and the final goal of the hat-trick was scored shorthanded.
  • On February 19, 2008, the Ottawa Senators set a new franchise record in shootout wins by winning their 3rd by a score of 3–2 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • On April 11, 2008, Martin Gerber broke the franchise record for most saves made in a playoff game, by stopping 49 out of 53 shots against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.

MilestonesEdit

  • On December 5, 2007, the Ottawa Senators celebrated their 500th franchise win with a 5–4 victory over the Florida Panthers.
  • On February 6, 2008, the Ottawa Senators suffered their 500th franchise defeat without an earning a point in a 4–3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Nick Foligno 1st NHL game October 4, 2007
Daniel Alfredsson 50th NHL GWG October 4, 2007
Brian Elliott 1st NHL game
1st NHL start
1st NHL win
October 10, 2007
Dany Heatley 400th NHL point October 18, 2007
Nick Foligno 1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
October 20, 2007
Shean Donovan 1st goal w/ Ottawa October 20, 2007
Dany Heatley 300th NHL PIM October 27, 2007
Randy Robitaille 1st goal w/ Ottawa November 1, 2007
Daniel Alfredsson 300th NHL goal November 1, 2007
Mike Fisher 200th NHL point November 3, 2007
Mike Fisher 400th NHL game November 10, 2007
Chris Neil 1000th NHL PIM November 10, 2007
Chris Neil 400th NHL game November 15, 2007
Daniel Alfredsson 800th NHL game November 15, 2007
Alexander Nikulin 1st NHL game November 22, 2007
Joe Corvo 300th NHL game November 22, 2007
Shean Donovan 800th NHL game December 4, 2007
Antoine Vermette 100th NHL point December 7, 2007
Mike Fisher 100th NHL goal December 12, 2007
Dean McAmmond 400th NHL point December 12, 2007
Daniel Alfredsson 800th NHL point December 13, 2007
Cody Bass 1st NHL game December 15, 2007
Dany Heatley 200th NHL goal December 15, 2007
Jason Spezza 200th NHL assist December 15, 2007
Luke Richardson 1st goal w/ Ottawa December 18, 2007
Chris Kelly 200th NHL game December 20, 2007
Wade Redden 100th NHL goal December 26, 2007
Cody Bass 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
December 27, 2007
Andrej Meszaros 200th NHL game December 27, 2007
Jason Spezza 300th NHL point December 27, 2007
Mike Fisher 1st NHL hat-trick December 29, 2007
Cody Bass 1st NHL goal January 4, 2008
Wade Redden 800th NHL game January 11, 2008
Daniel Alfredsson 100th NHL PPG January 13, 2008
Ilya Zubov 1st NHL game January 15, 2008
Andrej Meszaros
Anton Volchenkov
200th NHL PIM January 20, 2008
Wade Redden 400th NHL point January 20, 2008
Randy Robitaille 500th NHL game January 20, 2008
Jason Spezza 100th NHL goal January 24, 2008
Wade Redden 300th NHL assist January 24, 2008
Daniel Alfredsson 500th NHL assist January 24, 2008
Jason Spezza 1st NHL hat-trick
1st NHL 6–point game
February 9, 2008
Joe Corvo 100th NHL assist February 9, 2008
Dany Heatley 400th NHL game February 12, 2008
Cory Stillman 1st assist w/ Ottawa
1st point w/ Ottawa
February 12, 2008
Luke Richardson 200th NHL point February 13, 2008
Jason Spezza 300th NHL game February 19, 2008
Cory Stillman 1st goal w/ Ottawa February 21, 2008
Luke Richardson 1400th NHL game February 25, 2008
Martin Lapointe 1st goal w/ Ottawa
1st point w/ Ottawa
March 1, 2008
Martin Lapointe 1st assist w/ Ottawa March 13, 2008
Shean Donovan 600th NHL PIM March 13, 2008
Mike Commodore 1st assist w/ Ottawa
1st point w/ Ottawa
March 22, 2008
Brian Lee 1st NHL game March 25, 2008
Jesse Winchester 1st NHL game March 29, 2008
Antoine Vermette 1st NHL hat-trick April 3, 2008
Brian Lee 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
April 3, 2008
Martin Gerber 109th NHL victory April 3, 2008
Martin Gerber 200th NHL game April 4, 2008
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Brian Lee
Nick Foligno
Cody Bass
1st NHL playoff game April 9, 2008
Cody Bass 1st NHL playoff goal
1st NHL playoff point
April 11, 2008
Shean Donovan 1st playoff goal w/ Ottawa April 11, 2008
Nick Foligno 1st NHL playoff goal
1st NHL playoff point
April 14, 2008
Daniel Alfredsson 100th NHL playoff game April 14, 2008

TransactionsEdit

The Senators have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

TradesEdit

June 23, 2007
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Fifth-round pick in 2007 Draft (Matt Marshall)

Seventh-round pick in 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Torrie Jung)
Seventh-round round pick in 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Justin Courtnall)

To Ottawa Senators
Fourth-round pick in 2008 Draft (Derek Grant)
July 17, 2007
To Boston Bruins
Peter Schaefer
To Ottawa Senators
Shean Donovan
February 11, 2008
To Carolina Hurricanes
Joe Corvo
Patrick Eaves
To Ottawa Senators
Cory Stillman
Mike Commodore
February 26, 2008
To Chicago Blackhawks
Sixth-round pick in 2008 Draft (Ben Smith)
To Ottawa Senators
Martin Lapointe

Free agentsEdit

Free agent acquisitionsEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Matt Carkner Pittsburgh Penguins One year, $475,000
Niko Dimitrakos Philadelphia Flyers One year, $575,000
Luke Richardson Tampa Bay Lightning One year, $500,000
Randy Robitaille New York Islanders One year, $625,000
Jesse Winchester Colgate University One year, terms not announced

Players lost to free agencyEdit

Player New team
Mike Comrie New York Islanders
Andrew Ebbett Anaheim Ducks
Jeff Heerema Frankfurt Lions
Neil Komadoski St. Louis Blues
Tom Preissing Los Angeles Kings
Oleg Saprykin HC CSKA Moscow

Draft picksEdit

Ottawa's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[32]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 29th James O'Brien Centre USA University of Minnesota (NCAA)
2 60th Ruslan Bashkirov Left Wing Russia Quebec Remparts, QMJHL
3 90th Louie Caporusso LW/C Canada St. Michaels, OPJRA
4 120th Ben Blood Defence USA Shattuck St. Mary's high school, Minnesota

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Brophy, Mike. "Turning Around the Sens", April 1, 2008, pp. 18–22. 
Notes
  1. McAmmond injured in Senators win. Retrieved on 2007-09-28.
  2. TSN report
  3. Canadian Press: Ottawa Senators beat Washington Capitals to cap unbeaten pre-season
  4. Pierre LeBrun. Heatley, Sens get deal done.
  5. Allen Panzeri (2007-10-15). Senators about to go on vacation. Ottawa Citizen.
  6. Brian Compton (2007–11–06). Gerber handles Toronto again. NHL.com.
  7. League-high six players from red-hot Senators featured in XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting. NHL.com (November 6, 2007).
  8. NHL 2008 All-Star Voting. IHT.com (December 5, 2007). Archived from the original on February 9, 2008.
  9. Babcock, Paddock named NHL all-star coaches. CBC (January 2, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-03.
  10. Spezza earns First Star for December (January 2, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-03.
  11. TSN staff (January 8, 2008). Luongo, Iginla among All-Star starters. TSN.ca. Retrieved on 2008-01-08.
  12. Associated Press (January 8, 2008). Crosby top vote-getter, Red Wings with three in starting lineup. ESPN. Retrieved on 2008-01-08.
  13. 2008 Eastern Conference All-Stars. NHL.com (January 11, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-11.
  14. Canadian Press (January 25, 2008). Alfredsson leads Senators over Lightning. TSN.ca. Retrieved on 2008-01-25.
  15. Ottawa Senators Media Guide 2007–08, 168. 
  16. Alfredsson named NHL's first star. Canada.com (January 28, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-28.
  17. Player of the Week - Jan. 28. The Hockey News (January 28, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-29.
  18. Dreger, Darren (February 8, 2008). Redden refuses to waive no-trade clause. Retrieved on 2008-02-08.
  19. Sens add pair of Stanley Cup champs (February 11, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-02-11.
  20. Murray replaces Paddock as Sens' coach. TSN.ca (February 27, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  21. Coach going long time coming: GM. The Ottawa Citizen (February 28, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-02-28.
  22. (2008) 2007-08 Season in review. Ottawa Senators. 
  23. THN staff (November 2, 2007). THN Cover Count (PDF). The Hockey News. Retrieved on 2007-11-30.
  24. Brophy, pp. 18–22.
  25. Brophy, p. 22.
  26. David Shoalts (April 3, 2008). Senators trying to hang on. globesports.com. Retrieved on 2008-04-04.
  27. Phil Sheridan (April 7, 2008). Phil Sheridan: Penguins gave in to gain Senators as foe. Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved on 2008-04-07.
  28. Stevenson, Chris (April 17, 2008). Questions Sens will soon have to answer. Slam Sports. Retrieved on 2008-04-17.
  29. Garrioch, Bruce (April 17, 2008). Murray the GM staying put. Slam Sports. Retrieved on 2008-04-17.
  30. TSN.ca staff (April 18, 2008). Murray's plans for Sens don't include Emery. tsn.ca. Retrieved on 2008-04-18.
  31. 2007-08 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-17.
  32. nhl.com 2007 NHL Entry Draft Results. NHL.com.


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