1997–98 Buffalo Sabres season

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1997–98 Buffalo Sabres
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 6th Eastern
1997–98 record 36–29–17
Home record 20–13–8
Road record 16–16–9
Goals for 211
Goals against 187
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Vacant (Oct/Nov)
Michael Peca (Nov-Apr)
Arena Marine Midland Arena
Team leaders
<1996–97 1998–99>

The 1997–98 Buffalo Sabres season was the 29th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On Thursday, March 19, 1998, the Sabres scored three short-handed goals in a 6-1 win over the Florida Panthers.[2]

The Sabres finished the regular season with 13 shutouts, the most in the NHL.[3]

Season standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
2 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
5 Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
Eastern Conference[4]
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 3–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 1–0–0
2 L October 3, 1997 2–6 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 1–1–0
3 T October 5, 1997 1–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 1–1–1
4 L October 7, 1997 2–4 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 1–2–1
5 W October 9, 1997 5–2 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 2–2–1
6 L October 11, 1997 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 2–3–1
7 T October 15, 1997 3–3 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 2–3–2
8 L October 17, 1997 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 2–4–2
9 L October 19, 1997 2–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 2–5–2
10 W October 22, 1997 4–1 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 3–5–2
11 L October 26, 1997 1–6 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 3–6–2
12 L October 28, 1997 2–3 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 3–7–2
13 W October 31, 1997 3–2 OT @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 4–7–2
14 W November 1, 1997 4–3 OT @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 5–7–2
15 L November 6, 1997 2–4 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 5–8–2
16 T November 8, 1997 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 5–8–3
17 T November 10, 1997 4–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 5–8–4
18 L November 13, 1997 2–3 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 5–9–4
19 L November 15, 1997 2–3 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 5–10–4
20 W November 20, 1997 5–0 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 6–10–4
21 W November 22, 1997 6–1 New York Islanders (1997–98) 7–10–4
22 L November 24, 1997 1–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 7–11–4
23 L November 26, 1997 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 7–12–4
24 T November 28, 1997 3–3 OT New York Rangers (1997–98) 7–12–5
25 T December 1, 1997 1–1 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 7–12–6
26 W December 3, 1997 4–0 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 8–12–6
27 W December 5, 1997 4–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 9–12–6
28 L December 6, 1997 0–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 9–13–6
29 L December 11, 1997 1–2 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 9–14–6
30 W December 12, 1997 3–2 OT Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 10–14–6
31 L December 15, 1997 4–8 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 10–15–6
32 L December 17, 1997 0–4 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 10–16–6
33 W December 19, 1997 1–0 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 11–16–6
34 W December 21, 1997 2–0 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 12–16–6
35 L December 23, 1997 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 12–17–6
36 W December 26, 1997 3–0 New York Rangers (1997–98) 13–17–6
37 L December 27, 1997 1–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 13–18–6
38 L December 29, 1997 1–3 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 13–19–6
39 W December 31, 1997 3–0 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 14–19–6
40 T January 2, 1998 2–2 OT Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 14–19–7
41 W January 7, 1998 3–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 15–19–7
42 T January 8, 1998 2–2 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 15–19–8
43 L January 10, 1998 2–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 15–20–8
44 W January 14, 1998 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 16–20–8
45 W January 15, 1998 6–2 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 17–20–8
46 L January 20, 1998 0–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 17–21–8
47 W January 21, 1998 2–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 18–21–8
48 W January 23, 1998 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 19–21–8
49 T January 27, 1998 3–3 OT St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 19–21–9
50 T January 30, 1998 3–3 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 19–21–10
51 W February 1, 1998 5–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 20–21–10
52 W February 2, 1998 7–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 21–21–10
53 T February 4, 1998 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1997–98) 21–21–11
54 T February 6, 1998 2–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 21–21–12
55 W February 7, 1998 4–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 22–21–12
56 T February 25, 1998 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 22–21–13
57 T February 26, 1998 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 22–21–14
58 W March 1, 1998 3–0 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 23–21–14
59 W March 2, 1998 1–0 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 24–21–14
60 L March 6, 1998 2–4 New York Islanders (1997–98) 24–22–14
61 W March 7, 1998 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 25–22–14
62 T March 10, 1998 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 25–22–15
63 W March 12, 1998 3–1 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 26–22–15
64 L March 14, 1998 1–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 26–23–15
65 W March 15, 1998 3–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 27–23–15
66 L March 17, 1998 3–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 27–24–15
67 W March 19, 1998 6–1 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 28–24–15
68 L March 21, 1998 1–2 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 28–25–15
69 W March 24, 1998 2–0 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 29–25–15
70 W March 26, 1998 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 30–25–15
71 W March 27, 1998 1–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 31–25–15
72 L March 29, 1998 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 31–26–15
73 W April 1, 1998 4–0 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 32–26–15
74 W April 3, 1998 5–4 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 33–26–15
75 L April 5, 1998 0–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 33–27–15
76 W April 8, 1998 3–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 34–27–15
77 W April 10, 1998 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 35–27–15
78 T April 11, 1998 4–4 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 35–27–16
79 W April 13, 1998 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 36–27–16
80 L April 15, 1998 4–5 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 36–28–16
81 T April 18, 1998 3–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 36–28–17
82 L April 19, 1998 1–2 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 36–29–17

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals[edit]

Buffalo vs. Philadelphia
Date Away Home
April 22 Buffalo 3 2 Philadelphia
April 24 Buffalo 2 3 Philadelphia
April 27 Philadelphia 1 6 Buffalo
April 29 Philadelphia 1 4 Buffalo
May 1 Buffalo 3 2 Philadelphia OT
Buffalo wins series 4–1

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals[edit]

Montreal vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
May 8 Montreal 2 3 Buffalo OT
May 10 Montreal 3 6 Buffalo
May 12 Buffalo 5 4 Montreal 2OT
May 14 Buffalo 3 1 Montreal
Buffalo wins series 4–0

Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference
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

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan LW 79 22 24 46 34 2 9 0 4
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 78 15 30 45 102 19 2 3 3
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 75 24 20 44 59 10 10 0 5
Peca, MichaelMichael Peca C 61 18 22 40 57 12 6 5 1
Dawe, JasonJason Dawe RW 68 19 17 36 36 10 4 1 3
Holzinger, BrianBrian Holzinger C 69 14 21 35 36 -2 4 2 1
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 71 9 26 35 35 8 3 0 2
Plante, DerekDerek Plante C 72 13 21 34 26 8 5 0 1
Grosek, MichalMichal Grosek LW 67 10 20 30 60 9 2 0 1
Barnaby, MatthewMatthew Barnaby RW 72 5 20 25 289 8 0 0 2
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 63 12 12 24 34 11 1 1 2
Ward, DixonDixon Ward RW 71 10 13 23 42 9 0 2 3
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon D 76 3 19 22 56 26 1 0 1
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 72 3 17 20 62 11 0 1 0
McKee, JayJay McKee D 56 1 13 14 42 -1 0 0 0
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau C 69 6 6 12 87 9 2 0 1
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 27 5 6 11 15 0 0 0 1
May, BradBrad May LW 36 4 7 11 113 2 0 0 0
Burridge, RandyRandy Burridge LW 30 4 6 10 0 0 1 0 1
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 26 4 5 9 20 6 0 0 2
Wilson, MikeMike Wilson D 66 4 4 8 48 13 0 0 1
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 63 2 4 6 234 2 1 0 1
Rasmussen, ErikErik Rasmussen LW/C 21 2 3 5 14 2 0 0 0
Boughner, BobBob Boughner D 69 1 3 4 165 5 0 0 0
Kruse, PaulPaul Kruse LW 12 1 1 2 49 1 0 0 0
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek G 72 0 2 2 12 0 0 0 0
Hurlbut, MikeMike Hurlbut D 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Ndur, RumunRumun Ndur D 1 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Nichol, ScottScott Nichol C 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Shields, SteveSteve Shields G 16 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 4220 72 33 23 13 147 2.09 13 2149 2002 .932
Shields, SteveSteve Shields 785 16 3 6 4 37 2.83 0 408 371 .909
Team: 5005 82 36 29 17 184 2.21 13 2557 2373 .928

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Barnaby, MatthewMatthew Barnaby RW 15 7 6 13 22 6 3 0 1
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 15 5 8 13 10 -4 3 0 2
Holzinger, BrianBrian Holzinger C 15 4 7 11 18 -2 1 1 0
Ward, DixonDixon Ward RW 15 3 8 11 6 8 0 0 0
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 15 2 9 11 12 8 1 0 1
Grosek, MichalMichal Grosek LW 15 6 4 10 28 5 2 0 3
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan LW 14 5 4 9 4 -9 4 0 1
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 15 3 4 7 18 3 0 0 0
Shannon, DarrylDarryl Shannon D 15 2 4 6 8 0 0 1 0
Peca, MichaelMichael Peca C 13 3 2 5 8 4 0 0 1
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 14 3 1 4 4 0 1 0 1
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau C 14 1 3 4 6 -1 0 0 0
Boughner, BobBob Boughner D 14 0 4 4 15 9 0 0 0
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 13 1 2 3 10 6 1 0 0
Plante, DerekDerek Plante C 11 0 3 3 10 1 0 0 0
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 15 0 3 3 36 1 0 0 0
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 15 0 2 2 6 3 0 0 0
Kruse, PaulPaul Kruse LW 1 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 0
Wilson, MikeMike Wilson D 15 0 1 1 13 -4 0 0 0
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek G 15 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
McKee, JayJay McKee D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 10 0 0 0 24 -2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 948 15 10 5 32 2.03 1 514 482 .938
Team: 948 15 10 5 32 2.03 1 514 482 .938

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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 = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

NHL All-Star Game

  • Dominik Hasek, World Team

Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 21 Mika Noronen (G)  Finland Tappara (SM-liiga)

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/199803190BUF.html
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/BUF/1998.html
  4. ^ "1997–1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "1997-98 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  6. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 237, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5