1996–97 Ottawa Senators season

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1996–97 Ottawa Senators
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 7th Eastern
1996–97 record 31–36–15
Home record 16–17–8
Road record 15–19–7
Goals for 226
Goals against 234
Team information
General Manager Pierre Gauthier
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Randy Cunneyworth
Alternate captains Steve Duchesne
Alexei Yashin
Arena Corel Centre
Average attendance 15,371 per game (630,196 total)
Team leaders
Goals Alexei Yashin (35)
Assists Daniel Alfredsson (47)
Points Alexei Yashin (75)
Penalties in minutes Denny Lambert (217)
Plus/minus Frantisek Musil (+6)
Wins Ron Tugnutt (17)
Goals against average Damian Rhodes (2.72)
<1995–96 1997–98>

The 1996–97 Ottawa Senators season was a season of great improvement by the club, as the team finished out of last place in the NHL for the first time in team history, and went on to qualify for the 1997 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Senators lost in the first round (Conference quarter-finals) to the Buffalo Sabres.

Regular season[edit]

Ottawa would get off to a slow start, with a 7–12–6 record in their first 25 games, but as the season would go on, the team would get better, finishing with a .500 record in their remaining 57 games, and would earn 45 points in the last 41 games of the regular season. The Sens would go 10–4–2 in their final 16 games of the season, including a 1–0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the final game of the season to earn a playoff berth.

Alexei Yashin and Daniel Alfredsson would lead the club offensively, while Ron Tugnutt and Damian Rhodes would provide very solid goaltending for the team throughout the season.

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Buffalo Sabres 82 40 30 12 237 208 92
2 6 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 38 36 8 285 280 84
3 7 Ottawa Senators 82 31 36 15 226 234 77
4 8 Montreal Canadiens 82 31 36 15 249 276 77
5 10 Hartford Whalers 82 32 39 11 226 256 75
6 13 Boston Bruins 82 26 47 9 234 300 61
Eastern Conference[1]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
2 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
3 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 40 30 12 237 208 92
4 Florida Panthers ATL 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
5 New York Rangers ATL 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
6 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 38 36 8 285 280 84
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 31 36 15 226 234 77
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 36 15 249 276 77
9 Washington Capitals ATL 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
10 Hartford Whalers NE 82 32 39 11 226 256 75
11 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
12 New York Islanders ATL 82 29 41 12 240 250 70
13 Boston Bruins NE 82 26 47 9 234 300 61

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 5, 1996 3–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 0–0–1
2 T October 9, 1996 3–3 OT New York Islanders (1996–97) 0–0–2
3 W October 11, 1996 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 1–0–2
4 L October 12, 1996 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 1–1–2
5 T October 18, 1996 2–2 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 1–1–3
6 W October 19, 1996 6–3 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 2–1–3
7 L October 23, 1996 2–5 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 2–2–3
8 W October 24, 1996 5–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 3–2–3
9 L October 26, 1996 1–5 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 3–3–3
10 T October 30, 1996 2–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 3–3–4
11 T November 1, 1996 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 3–3–5
12 L November 2, 1996 3–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 3–4–5
13 W November 7, 1996 6–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 4–4–5
14 L November 9, 1996 3–4 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 4–5–5
15 L November 10, 1996 0–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 4–6–5
16 L November 13, 1996 0–4 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 4–7–5
17 W November 15, 1996 4–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 5–7–5
18 W November 16, 1996 4–1 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 6–7–5
19 L November 19, 1996 1–2 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 6–8–5
20 T November 23, 1996 3–3 OT Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 6–8–6
21 W November 27, 1996 2–1 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 7–8–6
22 L November 29, 1996 0–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 7–9–6
23 L November 30, 1996 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 7–10–6
24 L December 4, 1996 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 7–11–6
25 L December 6, 1996 2–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 7–12–6
26 W December 7, 1996 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 8–12–6
27 T December 10, 1996 5–5 OT @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 8–12–7
28 L December 13, 1996 2–4 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 8–13–7
29 L December 15, 1996 0–4 Dallas Stars (1996–97) 8–14–7
30 W December 19, 1996 5–2 Florida Panthers (1996–97) 9–14–7
31 L December 21, 1996 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 9–15–7
32 W December 23, 1996 6–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 10–15–7
33 W December 26, 1996 5–2 New York Rangers (1996–97) 11–15–7
34 L December 28, 1996 2–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 11–16–7
35 L December 30, 1996 3–4 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 11–17–7
36 W January 1, 1997 3–2 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 12–17–7
37 L January 3, 1997 0–1 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 12–18–7
38 L January 4, 1997 4–6 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 12–19–7
39 L January 6, 1997 3–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 12–20–7
40 L January 9, 1997 0–2 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 12–21–7
41 T January 11, 1997 3–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 12–21–8
42 W January 13, 1997 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 13–21–8
43 W January 15, 1997 5–1 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 14–21–8
44 L January 22, 1997 1–4 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 14–22–8
45 T January 24, 1997 2–2 OT Calgary Flames (1996–97) 14–22–9
46 W January 27, 1997 5–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 15–22–9
47 T January 29, 1997 1–1 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 15–22–10
48 L January 30, 1997 2–5 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 15–23–10
49 W February 1, 1997 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 16–23–10
50 W February 3, 1997 6–4 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 17–23–10
51 W February 4, 1997 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 18–23–10
52 T February 8, 1997 3–3 OT San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 18–23–11
53 L February 9, 1997 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 18–24–11
54 T February 11, 1997 5–5 OT @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 18–24–12
55 L February 13, 1997 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 18–25–12
56 L February 15, 1997 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 18–26–12
57 W February 16, 1997 4–2 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 19–26–12
58 W February 18, 1997 6–1 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 20–26–12
59 T February 20, 1997 1–1 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 20–26–13
60 L February 23, 1997 3–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 20–27–13
61 L February 26, 1997 5–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 20–28–13
62 W February 28, 1997 4–1 New York Islanders (1996–97) 21–28–13
63 L March 1, 1997 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 21–29–13
64 L March 5, 1997 1–4 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 21–30–13
65 L March 6, 1997 0–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 21–31–13
66 L March 8, 1997 1–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 21–32–13
67 W March 10, 1997 4–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 22–32–13
68 L March 14, 1997 3–4 OT New York Rangers (1996–97) 22–33–13
69 T March 15, 1997 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 22–33–14
70 W March 17, 1997 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 23–33–14
71 T March 20, 1997 2–2 OT Florida Panthers (1996–97) 23–33–15
72 W March 22, 1997 5–4 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 24–33–15
73 L March 25, 1997 0–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 24–34–15
74 W March 27, 1997 3–2 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 25–34–15
75 W March 29, 1997 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 26–34–15
76 W April 2, 1997 2–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 27–34–15
77 W April 3, 1997 4–0 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 28–34–15
78 L April 5, 1997 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 28–35–15
79 L April 6, 1997 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 28–36–15
80 W April 9, 1997 5–4 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 29–36–15
81 W April 11, 1997 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 30–36–15
82 W April 12, 1997 1–0 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 31–36–15

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Playoffs[edit]

The Ottawa Senators ended the 1996–97 regular season as the Eastern Conference's seventh seed. The Senators faced the Buffalo Sabres, and nearly pulled off the upset against their heavily favoured opponent, losing to the Sabres in overtime in the seventh game of the series, ending a very memorable season for the team.

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (2) Buffalo Sabres[edit]

Buffalo wins series 4–3

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 17 Ottawa 0 – 1 Buffalo 0 – 1
2 April 19 Ottawa 3 – 1 Buffalo 1 – 1
3 April 21 Buffalo 3 – 2 Ottawa 1 – 2
4 April 23 Buffalo 0 – 1 Ottawa 2 – 2
5 April 25 Ottawa 4 – 1 Buffalo 3 – 2
6 April 27 Buffalo 3 – 0 Ottawa 3 – 3
7 April 29 Ottawa 2 – 3 Buffalo 3 – 4

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 82 35 40 75 44 -7 10 0 5
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 76 24 47 71 30 5 11 1 1
Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle C 82 26 25 51 33 -33 4 0 5
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 78 19 28 47 38 -9 10 2 3
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 76 12 24 36 99 -7 6 0 3
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 79 12 19 31 8 -6 2 0 3
McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern RW 65 11 20 31 18 -5 0 1 2
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 82 6 24 30 41 1 2 0 1
Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok C 57 12 16 28 19 2 5 0 0
Chorske, TomTom Chorske LW 68 18 8 26 16 -1 1 1 1
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 80 11 14 25 35 -8 1 1 2
Gardiner, BruceBruce Gardiner RW 67 11 10 21 49 4 0 1 2
York, JasonJason York D 75 4 17 21 67 -8 1 0 0
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 76 3 18 21 76 -14 2 0 0
Lambert, DennyDenny Lambert LW 80 4 16 20 217 -4 0 0 1
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 53 5 13 18 14 -4 0 1 0
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 66 5 5 10 91 2 0 0 1
Zent, JasonJason Zent LW 22 3 3 6 9 5 0 0 0
Olsson, ChristerChrister Olsson D 25 2 3 5 10 -5 1 0 0
Chasse, DenisDenis Chasse RW 22 1 4 5 19 3 0 0 0
Musil, FrantisekFrantisek Musil D 57 0 5 5 58 6 0 0 0
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 34 2 2 4 8 -1 0 1 1
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes G 50 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 21 0 1 1 8 -4 0 0 0
Crowe, PhilPhil Crowe LW 26 0 1 1 30 0 0 0 0
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 37 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Vial, DennisDennis Vial D/LW 11 0 1 1 25 0 0 0 0
Von Stefenelli, PhilPhil Von Stefenelli D 6 0 1 1 7 -3 0 0 0
Bales, MikeMike Bales G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hill, SeanSean Hill D 5 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0
Neckar, StanStan Neckar D 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 1991 37 17 15 1 93 2.80 3 882 789 .895
Rhodes, DamianDamian Rhodes 2934 50 14 20 14 133 2.72 1 1213 1080 .890
Bales, MikeMike Bales 52 1 0 1 0 4 4.62 0 18 14 .778
Team: 4977 82 31 36 15 230 2.77 4 2113 1883 .891

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW 7 5 2 7 6 -1 3 0 2
Yashin, AlexeiAlexei Yashin C 7 1 5 6 2 -2 1 0 0
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 7 1 4 5 0 -3 1 0 1
Redden, WadeWade Redden D 7 1 3 4 2 -4 0 0 0
McEachern, ShawnShawn McEachern RW 7 2 0 2 8 -1 1 0 0
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 7 1 1 2 10 -3 0 0 0
Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok C 7 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
Dackell, AndreasAndreas Dackell RW 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bonk, RadekRadek Bonk C 7 0 1 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Chorske, TomTom Chorske LW 5 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Gardiner, BruceBruce Gardiner RW 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Lambert, DennyDenny Lambert LW 6 0 1 1 9 0 0 0 0
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 7 0 1 1 6 -1 0 0 0
Van Allen, ShaunShaun Van Allen C 7 0 1 1 4 -3 0 0 0
Bicanek, RadimRadim Bicanek D 7 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Crowe, PhilPhil Crowe LW 3 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0
Daigle, AlexandreAlexandre Daigle C 7 0 0 0 2 -5 0 0 0
Pitlick, LanceLance Pitlick D 7 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
York, JasonJason York D 7 0 0 0 4 -3 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 425 7 3 4 14 1.98 1 169 155 .917
Team: 425 7 3 4 14 1.98 1 169 155 .917

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

May 21, 1996 To Washington Capitals
future considerations
To Ottawa Senators
Michel Picard
June 22, 1996 To Boston Bruins
Trent McCleary
Ottawa's third-round pick in 1996 Draft (Eric Naud)
To Ottawa Senators
Shawn McEachern
October 1, 1996 To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Ted Drury
Marc Moro
To Ottawa Senators
Mika Stromberg
Jason York
Shaun Van Allen
November 27, 1996 To St. Louis Blues
Pavol Demitra
To Ottawa Senators
Christer Olsson
March 18, 1997 To Chicago Blackhawks
Denis Chasse
Kevin Bolibruck
Ottawa's sixth-round pick 1998 Entry Draft (Ottawa later reacquired pick -Chris Neil)
To Ottawa Senators
Mike Prokopec

Waivers[edit]

No waiver transactions.

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
Sergei Zholtok Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
Denny Lambert Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Phil Crowe Philadelphia Flyers
Ron Tugnutt Washington Capitals
Denis Chasse Winnipeg Jets
Player New team
Daniel Laperriere Washington Capitals
Pat Elyniuk Dallas Stars

Source: Ottawa Senators 2008–09 Media Guide. Ottawa Senators. 2008. p. 188. 

Roster[edit]

1996-97 Ottawa Senators
Goaltenders

Defencemen

Wingers

Centres

Sources:

  • 2008–09 Ottawa Senators Media Guide. Ottawa Senators. 2008. pp. 184–186. 
  • "NHL.com - Player Search". NHL. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 

Draft picks[edit]

Ottawa's draft picks at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft in St. Louis, Missouri.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Chris Phillips  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
4 81 Antti-Jussi Niemi  Finland Jokerit (SM-liiga)
6 136 Andreas Dackell  Sweden Brynäs IF (Elitserien)
7 163 François Hardy  Canada Val-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
8 212 Erich Goldmann  Germany Mannheim Eagles (DEL)
9 216 Ivan Ciernik  Slovakia MHC Plastika Nitra (Slovakia)
9 239 Sami Salo  Finland TPS (SM-liiga)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996-1997 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  2. ^ "1996–97 Ottawa Senators Games". Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  3. ^ "1996-97 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17.