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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)
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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.

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 season[edit | edit source]

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 standings[edit | edit source]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Ottawa Senators 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
2 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
3 7 Boston Bruins 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
4 10 Montreal Canadiens 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
5 12 Buffalo 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
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game log[edit | edit source]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 10, 2002 1–2 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 0–1–0–0
2 W October 12, 2002 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 1–1–0–0
3 W October 15, 2002 2–1 Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 2–1–0–0
4 W October 23, 2002 4–1 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 3–1–0–0
5 T October 24, 2002 2–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 3–1–1–0
6 L October 26, 2002 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 3–2–1–0
7 L October 29, 2002 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 3–3–1–0
8 L October 30, 2002 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 3–4–1–0
9 W November 2, 2002 5–2 Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 4–4–1–0
10 W November 6, 2002 5–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 5–4–1–0
11 L November 8, 2002 2–3 Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 5–5–1–0
12 L November 9, 2002 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 5–6–1–0
13 W November 12, 2002 5–3 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 6–6–1–0
14 W November 14, 2002 3–2 OT Florida Panthers (2002–03) 7–6–1–0
15 W November 16, 2002 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 8–6–1–0
16 T November 19, 2002 4–4 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 8–6–2–0
17 W November 21, 2002 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 9–6–2–0
18 W November 23, 2002 5–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 10–6–2–0
19 W November 25, 2002 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 11–6–2–0
20 T November 27, 2002 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 11–6–3–0
21 W November 29, 2002 6–2 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 12–6–3–0
22 W November 30, 2002 4–2 New York Islanders (2002–03) 13–6–3–0
23 L December 4, 2002 0–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2002–03) 13–7–3–0
24 T December 5, 2002 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 13–7–4–0
25 W December 7, 2002 5–2 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 14–7–4–0
26 W December 10, 2002 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 15–7–4–0
27 W December 12, 2002 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 16–7–4–0
28 W December 14, 2002 4–3 OT New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 17–7–4–0
29 L December 16, 2002 2–3 Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 17–8–4–0
30 W December 18, 2002 3–0 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 18–8–4–0
31 W December 19, 2002 9–3 San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 19–8–4–0
32 W December 21, 2002 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 20–8–4–0
33 T December 23, 2002 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 20–8–5–0
34 W December 26, 2002 3–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 21–8–5–0
35 W December 27, 2002 3–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 22–8–5–0
36 L December 30, 2002 2–3 @ Nashville Predators (2002–03) 22–9–5–0
37 W December 31, 2002 6–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 23–9–5–0
38 W January 2, 2003 8–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 24–9–5–0
39 L January 4, 2003 1–2 OT Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 24–9–5–1
40 W January 6, 2003 5–2 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 25–9–5–1
41 L January 8, 2003 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 25–10–5–1
42 W January 9, 2003 1–0 @ Calgary Flames (2002–03) 26–10–5–1
43 W January 11, 2003 2–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 27–10–5–1
44 W January 14, 2003 7–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 28–10–5–1
45 W January 16, 2003 3–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 29–10–5–1
46 W January 18, 2003 5–2 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 30–10–5–1
47 L January 20, 2003 2–6 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 30–11–5–1
48 W January 22, 2003 2–1 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 31–11–5–1
49 T January 23, 2003 3–3 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 31–11–6–1
50 W January 25, 2003 4–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (2002–03) 32–11–6–1
51 L January 27, 2003 3–5 @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 32–12–6–1
52 L January 29, 2003 2–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 32–13–6–1
53 L January 30, 2003 0–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 32–14–6–1
54 W February 5, 2003 5–3 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 33–14–6–1
55 T February 6, 2003 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 33–14–7–1
56 W February 8, 2003 3–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 34–14–7–1
57 W February 12, 2003 3–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 35–14–7–1
58 W February 13, 2003 2–0 Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 36–14–7–1
59 L February 15, 2003 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 36–15–7–1
60 W February 17, 2003 3–2 New York Rangers (2002–03) 37–15–7–1
61 W February 19, 2003 5–3 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 38–15–7–1
62 L February 20, 2003 3–4 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 38–16–7–1
63 W February 22, 2003 4–0 Nashville Predators (2002–03) 39–16–7–1
64 L February 25, 2003 0–3 Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 39–17–7–1
65 W February 27, 2003 3–2 OT Dallas Stars (2002–03) 40–17–7–1
66 L March 1, 2003 1–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 40–18–7–1
67 W March 4, 2003 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 41–18–7–1
68 W March 8, 2003 5–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 42–18–7–1
69 W March 9, 2003 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 43–18–7–1
70 W March 11, 2003 4–3 OT Boston Bruins (2002–03) 44–18–7–1
71 W March 13, 2003 3–2 OT New York Rangers (2002–03) 45–18–7–1
72 L March 15, 2003 2–5 New York Islanders (2002–03) 45–19–7–1
73 L March 16, 2003 2–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 45–20–7–1
74 W March 18, 2003 6–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 46–20–7–1
75 W March 21, 2003 5–1 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 47–20–7–1
76 W March 22, 2003 3–1 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 48–20–7–1
77 T March 25, 2003 2–2 OT Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 48–20–8–1
78 L March 28, 2003 2–3 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 48–21–8–1
79 W March 29, 2003 3–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 49–21–8–1
80 W April 1, 2003 3–2 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 50–21–8–1
81 W April 3, 2003 5–1 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 51–21–8–1
82 W April 5, 2003 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 52–21–8–1

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

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 Islanders[edit | edit source]

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 Flyers[edit | edit source]

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 Devils[edit | edit source]

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

2003 Eastern Conference Champions

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW 80 45 35 80 34 8 14 0 10
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 78 27 51 78 42 15 9 0 6
White, ToddTodd White C 80 25 35 60 28 19 8 1 5
Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat RW 67 24 35 59 30 20 9 0 4
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 70 22 32 54 36 6 11 0 4
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 76 10 35 45 70 23 4 0 3
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara D 74 9 30 39 116 29 3 0 2
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher C 74 18 20 38 54 13 5 1 3
Arvedson, MagnusMagnus Arvedson LW 80 16 21 37 48 13 2 0 4
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 78 12 20 32 66 17 2 2 3
Rachunek, KarelKarel Rachunek D 58 4 25 29 30 23 3 0 1
Schaefer, PeterPeter Schaefer LW 75 6 17 23 32 11 0 0 1
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 33 7 14 21 8 -3 3 0 0
Schastlivy, PetrPetr Schastlivy LW 33 9 10 19 4 3 5 0 2
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 78 3 16 19 71 7 2 0 1
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 57 3 13 16 40 -4 0 0 0
Hull, JodyJody Hull RW 70 3 8 11 14 -3 0 0 1
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 68 6 4 10 147 8 0 0 0
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 10 3 5 8 2 1 0 0 0
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 11 2 6 8 8 3 1 0 0
Hnidy, ShaneShane Hnidy D 67 0 8 8 130 -1 0 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 54 1 6 7 18 11 0 0 0
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier D 14 2 4 6 6 11 0 0 1
Martins, SteveSteve Martins C 14 2 3 5 10 3 0 0 0
Smyth, BradBrad Smyth RW 12 3 1 4 15 -2 2 0 0
Kwiatkowski, JoelJoel Kwiatkowski D 20 0 2 2 6 2 0 0 0
Dahlman, ToniToni Dahlman RW 12 1 0 1 0 -1 0 0 1
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G 67 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
Langfeld, JoshJosh Langfeld RW 12 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0
Bonvie, DennisDennis Bonvie RW 12 0 0 0 29 -1 0 0 0
Emery, RayRay Emery G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek G 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Tetarenko, JoeyJoey Tetarenko RW 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
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 8 1591 1449 .911
Prusek, MartinMartin Prusek 935 18 12 2 1 37 2.37 0 415 378 .911
Emery, RayRay Emery 85 3 1 0 0 2 1.41 0 26 24 .923
Team: 4963 82 52 22 8 181 2.19 8 2032 1851 .911

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hossa, MarianMarian Hossa RW 18 5 11 16 6 -1 3 0 1
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 18 6 5 11 10 2 2 0 0
Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat RW 18 5 6 11 14 4 1 0 2
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 18 2 7 9 6 4 0 0 0
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 18 1 8 9 10 1 0 0 1
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 18 4 4 8 12 -3 4 0 1
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara D 18 1 6 7 14 3 0 0 0
White, ToddTodd White C 18 5 1 6 6 -1 1 1 2
Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips D 18 2 4 6 12 3 0 0 1
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 18 2 4 6 18 4 0 0 0
Arvedson, MagnusMagnus Arvedson LW 18 1 5 6 16 -4 0 0 0
Schaefer, PeterPeter Schaefer LW 16 2 3 5 6 3 0 1 0
Fisher, MikeMike Fisher C 18 2 2 4 16 -1 0 1 1
Rachunek, KarelKarel Rachunek D 17 1 3 4 14 -5 0 0 0
Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C 3 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 18 1 1 2 12 -1 0 0 1
Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov D 17 1 1 2 4 3 0 0 1
Neil, ChrisChris Neil RW 15 1 0 1 24 1 0 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 18 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 0
Hnidy, ShaneShane Hnidy D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hull, JodyJody Hull RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier D 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 1122 18 11 7 34 1.82 1 449 415 .924
Team: 1122 18 11 7 34 1.82 1 449 415 .924

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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 records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trades[edit | edit source]

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

Waivers[edit | edit source]

January 15, 2003 To St. Louis Blues
Steve Martins

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

Roster[edit | edit source]

2002-03 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres




Sources:

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

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)
1 16 Jakub Klepis Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
2 47 Alexei Kaigorodov Flag of Russia Russia Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Russia)
3 75 Arttu Luttinen Flag of Finland Finland HIFK (SM-liiga)
4 113 Scott Dobben Flag of Canada Canada Erie Otters (OHL)
4 125 Johan Bjork Flag of Sweden Sweden Malmö IF (Sweden)
5 150 Brock Hooton Flag of Canada Canada Quesnel Millionaires (BCHL)
8 246 Josef Vavra Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Vsetin HC (Czech.)
9 276 Vitaly Atyushov Flag of Russia Russia Molot-Prikamye Perm (Russia)

Farm teams[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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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