1998–99 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
Eastern Conference Champions
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 7th Eastern
1998–99 record 37–28–17
Home record 23–12–6
Road record 14–16–11
Goals for 207
Goals against 175
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Michael Peca
Arena HSBC Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Miroslav Satan (40)
Assists Jason Woolley (33)
Points Miroslav Satan (66)
Penalties in minutes Rob Ray (261)
Wins Dominik Hasek (30)
Goals against average Dominik Hasek (1.87)
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The 1998–99 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 29th season in the National Hockey League. Miroslav Satan scored 40 goals. The Sabres would add centers Stu Barnes from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Joe Juneau from the Washington Capitals. Michal Grosek had the best season of his career, and the team finally returned to the Stanley Cup final, this time in a losing effort against the Dallas Stars.


Offseason[edit | edit source]

In the Entry Draft, the Sabres picked Dmitri Kalinin with their first-round pick, 18th overall.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Season standings[edit | edit source]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
1 1 Ottawa Senators 82 44 23 15 239 179 892 103
2 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 30 7 268 231 1095 97
3 6 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 214 181 1182 91
4 7 Buffalo Sabres 82 37 28 17 207 175 1561 91
5 11 Montreal Canadiens 82 32 39 11 184 209 1299 75

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 10, 1998 1–4 @ Dallas Stars (1998–99) 0–1–0
2 W October 12, 1998 3–0 @ Colorado Avalanche (1998–99) 1–1–0
3 T October 16, 1998 2–2 OT Florida Panthers (1998–99) 1–1–1
4 W October 17, 1998 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1998–99) 2–1–1
5 L October 23, 1998 0–1 Washington Capitals (1998–99) 2–2–1
6 L October 24, 1998 4–5 @ New York Islanders (1998–99) 2–3–1
7 T October 27, 1998 0–0 OT @ New York Rangers (1998–99) 2–3–2
8 W October 30, 1998 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 3–3–2
9 W October 31, 1998 6–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 4–3–2
10 W November 3, 1998 4–2 Boston Bruins (1998–99) 5–3–2
11 T November 7, 1998 2–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 5–3–3
12 T November 10, 1998 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 5–3–4
13 W November 12, 1998 2–0 @ Washington Capitals (1998–99) 6–3–4
14 W November 14, 1998 6–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1998–99) 7–3–4
15 W November 20, 1998 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 8–3–4
16 L November 21, 1998 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 8–4–4
17 W November 25, 1998 4–2 New York Rangers (1998–99) 9–4–4
18 L November 28, 1998 2–6 @ Florida Panthers (1998–99) 9–5–4
19 W November 29, 1998 6–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 10–5–4
20 W December 2, 1998 2–1 Florida Panthers (1998–99) 11–5–4
21 W December 4, 1998 3–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 12–5–4
22 W December 5, 1998 3–1 @ Nashville Predators (1998–99) 13–5–4
23 T December 8, 1998 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1998–99) 13–5–5
24 W December 11, 1998 2–0 New York Rangers (1998–99) 14–5–5
25 W December 12, 1998 4–1 @ Boston Bruins (1998–99) 15–5–5
26 W December 18, 1998 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1998–99) 16–5–5
27 L December 19, 1998 2–3 Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 16–6–5
28 W December 21, 1998 4–1 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 17–6–5
29 W December 23, 1998 2–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 18–6–5
30 W December 26, 1998 2–0 @ New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 19–6–5
31 L December 28, 1998 4–7 New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 19–7–5
32 L December 30, 1998 2–3 OT Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 19–8–5
33 L January 1, 1999 2–7 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1998–99) 19–9–5
34 W January 2, 1999 7–1 Calgary Flames (1998–99) 20–9–5
35 W January 6, 1999 3–2 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1998–99) 21–9–5
36 L January 7, 1999 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1998–99) 21–10–5
37 T January 9, 1999 2–2 OT @ San Jose Sharks (1998–99) 21–10–6
38 L January 11, 1999 0–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1998–99) 21–11–6
39 L January 13, 1999 2–4 St. Louis Blues (1998–99) 21–12–6
40 W January 15, 1999 2–1 Boston Bruins (1998–99) 22–12–6
41 T January 16, 1999 1–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 22–12–7
42 W January 18, 1999 4–0 @ Florida Panthers (1998–99) 23–12–7
43 L January 19, 1999 1–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 23–13–7
44 T January 26, 1999 1–1 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1998–99) 23–13–8
45 L January 28, 1999 2–4 Nashville Predators (1998–99) 23–14–8
46 W January 30, 1999 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1998–99) 24–14–8
47 L February 2, 1999 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 24–15–8
48 L February 3, 1999 3–5 Colorado Avalanche (1998–99) 24–16–8
49 L February 6, 1999 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1998–99) 24–17–8
50 L February 7, 1999 1–3 @ Washington Capitals (1998–99) 24–18–8
51 T February 9, 1999 1–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 24–18–9
52 W February 11, 1999 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1998–99) 25–18–9
53 T February 13, 1999 2–2 OT New York Islanders (1998–99) 25–18–10
54 W February 15, 1999 3–2 Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 26–18–10
55 L February 17, 1999 2–3 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1998–99) 26–19–10
56 W February 19, 1999 4–2 San Jose Sharks (1998–99) 27–19–10
57 T February 21, 1999 4–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (1998–99) 27–19–11
58 T February 24, 1999 2–2 OT @ Calgary Flames (1998–99) 27–19–12
59 L February 26, 1999 3–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1998–99) 27–20–12
60 W February 28, 1999 2–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1998–99) 28–20–12
61 L March 3, 1999 3–5 Edmonton Oilers (1998–99) 28–21–12
62 W March 5, 1999 2–1 Dallas Stars (1998–99) 29–21–12
63 T March 7, 1999 1–1 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 29–21–13
64 L March 8, 1999 1–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1998–99) 29–22–13
65 L March 11, 1999 2–5 Tampa Bay Lightning (1998–99) 29–23–13
66 W March 13, 1999 3–1 Boston Bruins (1998–99) 30–23–13
67 W March 15, 1999 2–1 New York Islanders (1998–99) 31–23–13
68 W March 19, 1999 3–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1998–99) 32–23–13
69 T March 23, 1999 1–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 32–23–14
70 L March 24, 1999 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1998–99) 32–24–14
71 T March 27, 1999 1–1 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 32–24–15
72 W March 28, 1999 4–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 33–24–15
73 L March 31, 1999 1–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1998–99) 33–25–15
74 L April 3, 1999 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1998–99) 33–26–15
75 W April 5, 1999 3–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1998–99) 34–26–15
76 W April 6, 1999 4–3 @ New York Islanders (1998–99) 35–26–15
77 W April 9, 1999 3–1 Florida Panthers (1998–99) 36–26–15
78 T April 10, 1999 1–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1998–99) 36–26–16
79 T April 13, 1999 2–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1998–99) 36–26–17
80 L April 14, 1999 1–2 New Jersey Devils (1998–99) 36–27–17
81 L April 17, 1999 1–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1998–99) 36–28–17
82 W April 18, 1999 3–0 Washington Capitals (1998–99) 37–28–17

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference quarter-finals[edit | edit source]

Ottawa (2) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 21 Buffalo Ottawa 2 – 1
April 23 Buffalo Ottawa 2OT 3 – 2
April 25 Ottawa Buffalo 3 – 0
April 27 Ottawa Buffalo 4 – 3
Buffalo wins series 4–0

Eastern Conference semi-finals[edit | edit source]

Boston (6) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home Score
May 6 Buffalo 2 Boston 4 4 – 2
May 9 Buffalo 3 1 Boston 3 – 1
May 12 Boston 2 3 Buffalo 3 – 2
May 14 Boston 0 3 Buffalo 3 – 0
May 16 Buffalo 3 Boston 5 5 – 3
May 18 Boston 2 3 Buffalo 3 – 2
Buffalo wins series 4–2

Eastern Conference finals[edit | edit source]

Toronto (4) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home Score
May 23 Buffalo Toronto 5 – 4
May 25 Buffalo Toronto 6 – 3
May 27 Toronto Buffalo 4 – 2
May 29 Toronto Buffalo 5 – 2
May 31 Buffalo Toronto 4 – 2
Buffalo wins series 4–1 and Prince of Wales Trophy

Stanley Cup Final[edit | edit source]

See also: 1999 Stanley Cup Final
Dallas (1) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home
June 8 Buffalo 3 2 Dallas OT
June 10 Buffalo 2 4 Dallas
June 12 Dallas 2 1 Buffalo
June 15 Dallas 1 2 Buffalo
June 17 Buffalo 0 2 Dallas
June 19 Dallas 2 1 Buffalo 3OT
Dallas wins series 4—2 and the Stanley Cup
Joe Nieuwendyk (Dallas) wins Conn Smythe Trophy

"No Goal!"[edit | edit source]

In the sixth game, Dallas Stars winger Brett Hull's triple-overtime goal — as Hull's skate was visibly in Hasek's crease — ended the series, and the Stars were awarded the Cup. In 1999, it was illegal to score a goal if an offensive player's skate entered the crease before the puck did. At the time, even Dallas Morning News hockey writer Keith Gave questioned the legality of the goal. NHL officials, however, maintained that Hull's two shots in the goal mouth constituted a single possession of the puck since the puck deflected off Hasek, and their ruling stood, citing that they "were going to change the rule the following year anyway." It is widely speculated that, by the time the Sabres mentioned the foul, the red carpet had already been unrolled at center ice, and the officials refused to acknowledge the non-call, also due to Mr. Bettman's desires to see a team 'South Of the Mason Dixon line' hoist the Stanley Cup. ESPN's "Page2" staff has ranked the call as the fifth worst officiating call in sports history.[1] Conversely, Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun wrote "There should have been no controversy whatsoever. When Hull first kicked the rebound on to his stick, he had neither foot in the crease. At the instant he kicked the puck, he became in control of it. It was only in the follow-through of that kick that his left foot moved into the crease."[2] Buffalo sports fans, who have suffered through some of the biggest misfortunes in sports history (such as "Wide Right" and "Music City Miracle"), refer to the game as "No Goal," a phrase still used in western New York to this day, even having bumper stickers saying the phrase. The rule was changed for the following season, allowing players to be inside the goaltender's crease as long as they do not interfere with the goalie.

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Miroslav Satan 81 40 26 66 44
Michael Peca 82 27 29 56 81
Michal Grosek 76 20 30 50 102
Curtis Brown 78 16 31 47 56
Dixon Ward 78 20 24 44 44
Brian Holzinger 81 17 17 34 45
Vaclav Varada 72 7 24 31 61
Geoff Sanderson 75 12 18 30 22
Matthew Barnaby* 44 4 14 18 143
Derek Plante* 41 4 11 15 12
Wayne Primeau 67 5 8 13 38
Erik Rasmussen 42 3 7 10 37
Rob Ray 76 0 4 4 261
Stu Barnes* 17 0 4 4 10
Randy Cunneyworth 14 2 2 4 0
Paul Kruse 43 3 0 3 114
Joe Juneau* 9 1 1 2 2
Dean Sylvester 1 0 0 0 0
Domenic Pittis 3 0 0 0 2

* - player was traded during season; stats only include games played with Buffalo

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Jason Woolley 80 10 33 43 62
Alexei Zhitnik 81 7 26 33 96
Darryl Shannon 71 3 12 15 52
Richard Smehlik 72 3 11 14 44
James Patrick 45 1 7 8 16
Jay McKee 72 0 6 6 75
Mike Wilson* 30 1 2 3 47
Rhett Warrener* 13 1 0 1 20
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre 16 0 1 1 17
Mike Hurlbut 1 0 0 0 0
Jason Holland 3 0 0 0 8
Cory Sarich 4 0 0 0 0
Rumun Ndur* 8 0 0 0 16

* - player was traded during season; stats only include games played with Buffalo

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Dominik Hasek 64 30 18 14 9 1.87
Dwayne Roloson 18 6 8 2 1 2.77
Martin Biron 6 1 2 1 0 2.14

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

NHL All-Star Game

  • Dominik Hasek, World Team

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 18 Dmitri Kalinin (D) Flag of Russia Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia)
2 34 Andrew Peters (LW) Flag of Canada Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
2 50 Jaroslav Kristek (RW) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HC Zlin (Extraliga)
3 77 Mike Pandolfo (RW) Flag of the United States United States St. Sebastian's (USHS)
5 137 Aaron Goldade (LW) Flag of Canada Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
6 164 Ales Kotalik (RW) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic HC Ceske Budejovice
7 191 Brad Moran (LW) Flag of Canada Canada Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
8 218 David Moravec (LW) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic -
9 249 Edo Terglav (RW) Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ESPN.com - Page2, Worst Calls In Sports History
  2. About.com "No Goal" Explanation
  3. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 237, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5


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