1997–98 Washington Capitals season

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1997–98 Washington Capitals
Eastern Conference Champions
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 4th Eastern
1997–98 record 40–30–12
Home record 23–12–6
Road record 17–18–6
Goals for 219
Goals against 202
Team information
General Manager George McPhee
Coach Ron Wilson
Captain Dale Hunter
Team leaders
Goals Peter Bondra (52)
Assists Adam Oates (58)
Points Peter Bondra (78)
<1996–97 1998–99>

The 1997–98 Washington Capitals season saw the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in club history. Peter Bondra's 52 goals led the team, veterans Dale Hunter, Joe Juneau, and Adam Oates returned to old form, and Olaf Kolzig had a solid .920 save percentage as the Caps got past the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, and Buffalo Sabres (the latter on a dramatic overtime win in game six on a goal by Joe Juneau) en route to the team's first (and to date, only) Stanley Cup Finals appearance. The Capitals won six overtime games, three in each of their series against the Bruins and Sabres. However, they were no match for the defending cup champs, the Detroit Red Wings, who won in a four-game sweep.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 9 Nick Boynton (D)  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)

Regular season[edit]

  • Adam Oates, Phil Housley, and Dale Hunter, all scored their 1,000th career point, the only time in NHL history that one team had 3 different players reach that same milestone in a single season.

The Capitals had a very effective penalty kill during the regular season, allowing the fewest power-play goals (39) and finishing with the highest penalty-kill percentage (89.23%).[1]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
3 Washington Capitals 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
4 New York Islanders 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
5 New York Rangers 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
6 Florida Panthers 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
7 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 17 55 10 151 269 44
Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
4 Washington Capitals ATL 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
6 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
7 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
9 Carolina Hurricanes NE 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
10 New York Islanders ATL 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
11 New York Rangers ATL 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
12 Florida Panthers ATL 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
13 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 1, 1997 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 1–0–0
2 W October 3, 1997 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 2–0–0
3 W October 4, 1997 4–1 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 3–0–0
4 W October 8, 1997 6–3 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 4–0–0
5 L October 9, 1997 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 4–1–0
6 W October 11, 1997 3–1 New York Islanders (1997–98) 5–1–0
7 W October 15, 1997 2–0 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 6–1–0
8 W October 24, 1997 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 7–1–0
9 L October 22, 1997 3–4 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 7–2–0
10 T October 23, 1997 3–3 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 7–2–1
11 L October 25, 1997 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 7–3–1
12 L October 29, 1997 3–4 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 7–4–1
13 T October 31, 1997 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 7–4–2
14 L November 1, 1997 1–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 7–5–2
15 W November 4, 1997 2–1 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 8–5–2
16 L November 6, 1997 0–2 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 8–6–2
17 W November 8, 1997 2–1 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 9–6–2
18 L November 9, 1997 2–3 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 9–7–2
19 W November 12, 1997 4–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 10–7–2
20 W November 13, 1997 3–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 11–7–2
21 W November 15, 1997 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 12–7–2
22 T November 18, 1997 6–6 OT Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 12–7–3
23 L November 22, 1997 2–5 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 12–8–3
24 W November 23, 1997 5–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 13–8–3
25 L November 26, 1997 5–6 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 13–9–3
26 L November 27, 1997 1–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 13–10–3
27 T November 29, 1997 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 13–10–4
28 W December 2, 1997 3–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 14–10–4
29 W December 5, 1997 3–2 OT Florida Panthers (1997–98) 15–10–4
30 L December 7, 1997 4–5 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 15–11–4
31 T December 10, 1997 3–3 OT @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 15–11–5
32 L December 12, 1997 4–6 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 15–12–5
33 T December 13, 1997 2–2 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 15–12–6
34 T December 16, 1997 2–2 OT New York Islanders (1997–98) 15–12–7
35 L December 18, 1997 0–4 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 15–13–7
36 W December 20, 1997 2–1 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 16–13–7
37 T December 23, 1997 1–1 OT New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 16–13–8
38 L December 26, 1997 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 16–14–8
39 L December 27, 1997 0–3 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 16–15–8
40 W December 29, 1997 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 17–15–8
41 W January 1, 1998 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 18–15–8
42 L January 3, 1998 2–3 New York Rangers (1997–98) 18–16–8
43 W January 6, 1998 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 19–16–8
44 W January 8, 1998 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 20–16–8
45 W January 9, 1998 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 21–16–8
46 L January 11, 1998 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 21–17–8
47 W January 13, 1998 4–0 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 22–17–8
48 W January 15, 1998 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 23–17–8
49 W January 21, 1998 3–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 24–17–8
50 W January 25, 1998 4–1 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 25–17–8
51 T January 26, 1998 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 25–17–9
52 T January 28, 1998 2–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 25–17–10
53 W January 31, 1998 3–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 26–17–10
54 L February 1, 1998 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 26–18–10
55 T February 4, 1998 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 26–18–11
56 L February 7, 1998 3–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 26–19–11
57 L February 25, 1998 3–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 26–20–11
58 L February 28, 1998 2–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 26–21–11
59 L March 1, 1998 0–3 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 26–22–11
60 L March 3, 1998 0–3 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 26–23–11
61 L March 5, 1998 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 26–24–11
62 W March 7, 1998 6–3 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 27–24–11
63 W March 9, 1998 5–2 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 28–24–11
64 W March 12, 1998 2–1 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 29–24–11
65 L March 14, 1998 0–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 29–25–11
66 W March 16, 1998 2–1 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 30–25–11
67 W March 18, 1998 1–0 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 31–25–11
68 W March 20, 1998 2–0 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 32–25–11
69 L March 21, 1998 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 32–26–11
70 L March 25, 1998 2–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 32–27–11
71 L March 26, 1998 2–3 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 32–28–11
72 W March 28, 1998 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 33–28–11
73 W March 31, 1998 5–2 New York Islanders (1997–98) 34–28–11
74 W April 2, 1998 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 35–28–11
75 W April 4, 1998 3–2 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 36–28–11
76 T April 6, 1998 2–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 36–28–12
77 L April 8, 1998 1–2 OT @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 36–29–12
78 L April 11, 1998 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 36–30–12
79 W April 13, 1998 2–0 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 37–30–12
80 W April 14, 1998 3–1 New York Rangers (1997–98) 38–30–12
81 W April 18, 1998 4–3 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 39–30–12
82 W April 19, 1998 2–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 40–30–12

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals[edit]

Boston vs. Washington
Date Away Home
April 22 Boston 1 3 Washington
April 24 Boston 4 3 Washington 2OT
April 26 Washington 3 2 Boston 2OT
April 28 Washington 3 0 Boston
May 1 Boston 4 0 Washington
May 3 Washington 3 2 Boston OT
Washington wins series 4–2

Eastern Conference Semi-finals[edit]

Ottawa vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 7 Ottawa 2 4 Washington
May 9 Ottawa 1 6 Washington
May 11 Washington 3 4 Ottawa
May 13 Washington 2 0 Ottawa
May 15 Ottawa 0 3 Washington
Washington win series 4–1

Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

Buffalo vs. Washington
Date Away Home
May 23 Buffalo 2 0 Washington
May 25 Buffalo 2 3 Washington OT
May 28 Washington 4 3 Buffalo OT
May 30 Washington 2 0 Buffalo
June 2 Buffalo 2 1 Washington
June 4 Washington 3 2 Buffalo OT
Washington wins series 4–2
and Prince of Wales Trophy

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

Washington vs. Detroit
Date Away Home
June 9 Washington 1 2 Detroit
June 11 Washington 4 5 Detroit OT
June 13 Detroit 2 1 Washington
June 16 Detroit 4 1 Washington
Detroit wins series 4–0
and Stanley Cup
Steve Yzerman (Detroit)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra RW 76 52 26 78 44 14 11 5 13
Oates, AdamAdam Oates C 82 18 58 76 36 6 3 2 3
Johansson, CalleCalle Johansson D 73 15 20 35 30 -11 10 1 1
Konowalchuk, SteveSteve Konowalchuk LW 80 10 24 34 80 9 2 0 2
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 56 9 22 31 26 -8 4 1 1
Housley, PhilPhil Housley D 64 6 25 31 24 -10 4 1 0
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 65 17 9 26 28 -2 2 0 2
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 82 8 18 26 103 1 0 0 1
Brunette, AndrewAndrew Brunette LW 28 11 12 23 12 2 4 0 2
Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar D 72 5 16 21 66 2 2 0 0
Tinordi, MarkMark Tinordi D 47 8 9 17 39 9 0 1 0
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 28 7 10 17 38 -1 4 0 1
Nikolishin, AndreiAndrei Nikolishin C 38 6 10 16 14 1 1 0 1
Bulis, JanJan Bulis C 48 5 11 16 18 -5 0 0 0
Cote, SylvainSylvain Cote D 59 1 15 16 36 -5 0 0 0
Berube, CraigCraig Berube LW 74 6 9 15 189 -3 0 0 0
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 76 7 7 14 41 -2 0 3 3
Krygier, ToddTodd Krygier LW 45 2 12 14 30 -3 0 0 1
Tikkanen, EsaEsa Tikkanen LW 20 2 10 12 2 -4 1 0 2
Reekie, JoeJoe Reekie D 68 2 8 10 70 15 0 0 1
Bellows, BrianBrian Bellows LW 11 6 3 9 6 -3 5 0 2
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 33 3 6 9 20 5 0 0 1
Witt, BrendanBrendan Witt D 64 1 7 8 112 -11 0 0 0
Toms, JeffJeff Toms C 33 3 4 7 8 -11 0 0 1
Klee, KenKen Klee D 51 4 2 6 46 -3 0 0 1
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 9 0 6 6 6 4 0 0 0
Svejkovsky, JaroslavJaroslav Svejkovsky RW 17 4 1 5 10 -5 2 0 1
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 36 1 3 4 16 -2 0 0 0
Benda, JanJan Benda C 9 0 3 3 6 1 0 0 0
Baumgartner, NolanNolan Baumgartner D 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Gratton, BenoitBenoit Gratton C 6 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig G 64 0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0
Ranford, BillBill Ranford G 22 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Church, BradBrad Church LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harlock, DavidDavid Harlock D 6 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0
Hay, DwayneDwayne Hay LW 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Malgunas, StewartStewart Malgunas D 8 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 0
Mulhern, RyanRyan Mulhern C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peake, PatPat Peake C 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 3788 64 33 18 10 139 2.20 5 1729 1590 .920
Ranford, BillBill Ranford 1183 22 7 12 2 55 2.79 0 555 500 .901
Team: 4971 82 40 30 12 194 2.34 5 2284 2090 .915

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 21 7 10 17 8 1 1 4
Oates, AdamAdam Oates C 21 6 11 17 8 1 1 1
Nikolishin, AndreiAndrei Nikolishin C 21 1 13 14 12 1 0 0
Bellows, BrianBrian Bellows LW 21 6 7 13 6 2 0 1
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra RW 17 7 5 12 12 3 0 2
Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar D 21 7 4 11 30 3 1 2
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 17 7 3 10 16 2 0 0
Johansson, CalleCalle Johansson D 21 2 8 10 16 0 0 0
Tikkanen, EsaEsa Tikkanen LW 21 3 3 6 20 1 0 0
Housley, PhilPhil Housley D 18 0 4 4 4 0 0 0
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 21 0 4 4 30 0 0 0
Krygier, ToddTodd Krygier LW 13 1 2 3 6 0 0 1
Reekie, JoeJoe Reekie D 21 1 2 3 20 0 0 0
Tinordi, MarkMark Tinordi D 21 1 2 3 42 0 0 0
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 13 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 12 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Berube, CraigCraig Berube LW 21 1 0 1 21 0 0 1
Klee, KenKen Klee D 9 1 0 1 10 0 0 0
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 18 1 0 1 26 0 0 0
Witt, BrendanBrendan Witt D 16 1 0 1 14 0 0 0
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 10 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig G 21 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Svejkovsky, JaroslavJaroslav Svejkovsky RW 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Toms, JeffJeff Toms C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 1351 21 12 9 44 1.95 4 740 696 .941
Team: 1351 21 12 9 44 1.95 4 740 696 .941

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Note: 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 = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards & records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1998.html
  2. ^ "1997–1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1997-98 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-01. [dead link]