2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 6th Eastern
2000–01 record 42–28–9
Goals for 281
Goals against 256
Team information
General Manager Craig Patrick
Coach Ivan Hlinka
Captain Jaromir Jagr
Alternate captains Martin Straka
Bob Boughner
Arena Mellon Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jaromir Jagr (52)
Assists Jaromir Jagr (69)
Points Jaromir Jagr (121)
Penalties in minutes Krzysztof Oliwa (165)
Plus/minus Robert Lang (+20)
Wins Jean-Sebastien Aubin (20)
Goals against average Johan Hedberg (2.64)
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The 2000-2001 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the team's 34th in the National Hockey League. The team played 82 games for new coach Ivan Hlinka, who replaced Herb Brooks, who stepped down to remain a scout with the team.

Offseason[edit]

Herb Brooks resigned as coach at the end of the previous season, but remained with the team as a scout. Ivan Hlinka succeeded Brooks as head coach. Former Penguin Joe Mullen became an assistant coach along with his former teammate Randy Hillier.

Regular season[edit]

The Penguins opened the regular season by splitting a two-game series against the Nashville Predators in Japan.

On December 9, 2000, it was announced by owner Mario Lemieux that he intended to come back as a player. Lemieux returned to the ice on December 27, 2000. Prior to the game, his #66 banner was lowered from the rafters of the Mellon Arena with son Austin watching. Lemieux scored a goal and set up two others (including one on his first shift), and the Penguins won, 5-0 over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to Lemieux's return, the Penguins were 15-14-6-1. After his comeback, the Penguins went 27-14-3-2 for a regular season record of 42-28-9-3 and a third place finish in the Atlantic Division for a playoff spot. The Penguins were shut out only once all year (October 28 vs. the New Jersey Devils). Only New Jersey scored more goals than Pittsburgh during the regular season. Jaromir Jagr had a stellar year, leading the team in goals (52), assists (69) and points (121); Alexei Kovalev had the best season in his career, finishing with 44 goals and 51 assists for 95 points; Martin Straka finished second on the team in assists (68) and had 27 goals for 95 points; Robert Lang had 32 goals and 48 assists for 80 points; and in just 43 games, Lemieux had 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points.

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[1]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 New Jersey Devils 82 48 19 12 3 295 195 111
2 4 Philadelphia Flyers 82 43 25 11 3 240 207 100
3 6 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 42 28 9 3 281 256 96
4 10 New York Rangers 82 33 43 5 1 250 290 72
5 15 New York Islanders 82 21 51 7 3 185 268 52

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 19 12 3 295 195 111
2 Y- Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 27 10 4 274 205 109
3 Y- Washington Capitals SE 82 41 27 10 4 233 211 96
4 X- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 43 25 11 3 240 207 100
5 X- Buffalo Sabres NE 82 46 30 5 1 218 184 98
6 X- Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 42 28 9 3 281 256 96
7 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 37 29 11 5 232 207 90
8 X- Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 38 32 9 3 212 225 88
8.5
9 Boston Bruins NE 82 36 30 8 8 227 249 88
10 New York Rangers AT 82 33 43 5 1 250 290 72
11 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 28 40 8 6 206 232 70
12 Florida Panthers SE 82 22 38 13 9 200 246 66
13 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 23 45 12 2 211 289 60
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 24 47 6 5 201 280 59
15 New York Islanders AT 82 21 51 7 3 185 268 52

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

Z- Clinched Conference; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 7, 2000 1–3 Nashville Predators (2000–01) 0–1–0–0
2 W October 8, 2000 3–1 @ Nashville Predators (2000–01) 1–1–0–0
3 W October 13, 2000 3–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 2–1–0–0
4 W October 14, 2000 8–6 New York Rangers (2000–01) 3–1–0–0
5 L October 18, 2000 2–3 Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 3–2–0–0
6 T October 19, 2000 3–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 3–2–1–0
7 W October 21, 2000 5–2 Columbus Blue Jackets (2000–01) 4–2–1–0
8 L October 25, 2000 2–3 Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 4–3–1–0
9 W October 27, 2000 4–1 @ New York Rangers (2000–01) 5–3–1–0
10 L October 28, 2000 0–9 New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 5–4–1–0
11 L November 1, 2000 2–3 @ San Jose Sharks (2000–01) 5–5–1–0
12 W November 3, 2000 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (2000–01) 6–5–1–0
13 T November 4, 2000 1–1 OT @ Calgary Flames (2000–01) 6–5–2–0
14 W November 8, 2000 5–2 Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 7–5–2–0
15 W November 10, 2000 4–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 8–5–2–0
16 W November 11, 2000 5–2 Edmonton Oilers (2000–01) 9–5–2–0
17 L November 13, 2000 2–3 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (2000–01) 9–5–2–1
18 L November 16, 2000 3–4 @ St. Louis Blues (2000–01) 9–6–2–1
19 W November 18, 2000 3–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 10–6–2–1
20 L November 22, 2000 1–3 Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 10–7–2–1
21 W November 24, 2000 1–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 11–7–2–1
22 T November 25, 2000 2–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (2000–01) 11–7–3–1
23 L November 28, 2000 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (2000–01) 11–8–3–1
24 W December 1, 2000 6–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 12–8–3–1
25 L December 2, 2000 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 12–9–3–1
26 W December 5, 2000 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 13–9–3–1
27 L December 6, 2000 2–3 Boston Bruins (2000–01) 13–10–3–1
28 L December 9, 2000 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2000–01) 13–11–3–1
29 W December 10, 2000 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (2000–01) 14–11–3–1
30 L December 13, 2000 4–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (2000–01) 14–12–3–1
31 L December 15, 2000 1–4 Florida Panthers (2000–01) 14–13–3–1
32 T December 16, 2000 4–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 14–13–4–1
33 T December 20, 2000 2–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (2000–01) 14–13–5–1
34 T December 21, 2000 1–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 14–13–6–1
35 L December 23, 2000 2–8 Dallas Stars (2000–01) 14–14–6–1
36 W December 26, 2000 5–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 15–14–6–1
37 W December 27, 2000 5–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (2000–01) 16–14–6–1
38 W December 30, 2000 5–3 Ottawa Senators (2000–01) 17–14–6–1
39 W January 3, 2001 3–2 Washington Capitals (2000–01) 18–14–6–1
40 L January 5, 2001 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 18–15–6–1
41 W January 8, 2001 5–3 @ Washington Capitals (2000–01) 19–15–6–1
42 L January 9, 2001 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (2000–01) 19–16–6–1
43 W January 12, 2001 4–3 New York Islanders (2000–01) 20–16–6–1
44 L January 13, 2001 5–6 @ New York Islanders (2000–01) 20–17–6–1
45 W January 15, 2001 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2000–01) 21–17–6–1
46 L January 17, 2001 4–5 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2000–01) 21–18–6–1
47 L January 19, 2001 5–6 OT @ Dallas Stars (2000–01) 21–18–6–2
48 W January 21, 2001 4–0 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2000–01) 22–18–6–2
49 W January 24, 2001 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 23–18–6–2
50 W January 27, 2001 5–1 Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 24–18–6–2
51 W January 30, 2001 6–3 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 25–18–6–2
52 L January 31, 2001 1–5 Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 25–19–6–2
53 W February 7, 2001 9–4 Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 26–19–6–2
54 W February 10, 2001 5–4 OT New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 27–19–6–2
55 L February 11, 2001 2–4 @ Minnesota Wild (2000–01) 27–20–6–2
56 W February 14, 2001 2–1 Minnesota Wild (2000–01) 28–20–6–2
57 T February 16, 2001 4–4 OT @ New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 28–20–7–2
58 W February 17, 2001 3–2 OT @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2000–01) 29–20–7–2
59 L February 19, 2001 1–5 Colorado Avalanche (2000–01) 29–21–7–2
60 W February 21, 2001 3–2 OT Florida Panthers (2000–01) 30–21–7–2
61 W February 23, 2001 6–4 New York Rangers (2000–01) 31–21–7–2
62 W February 25, 2001 6–1 New York Islanders (2000–01) 32–21–7–2
63 L February 28, 2001 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (2000–01) 32–22–7–2
64 W March 2, 2001 7–5 @ New York Rangers (2000–01) 33–22–7–2
65 L March 3, 2001 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (2000–01) 33–23–7–2
66 L March 7, 2001 3–4 Washington Capitals (2000–01) 33–24–7–2
67 W March 8, 2001 5–3 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2000–01) 34–24–7–2
68 W March 10, 2001 6–3 Calgary Flames (2000–01) 35–24–7–2
69 T March 12, 2001 3–3 OT @ New York Rangers (2000–01) 35–24–8–2
70 L March 14, 2001 1–3 New York Islanders (2000–01) 35–25–8–2
71 W March 16, 2001 6–3 @ Florida Panthers (2000–01) 36–25–8–2
72 L March 17, 2001 1–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 36–26–8–2
73 T March 20, 2001 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (2000–01) 36–26–9–2
74 L March 23, 2001 3–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 36–27–9–2
75 W March 25, 2001 4–2 @ New Jersey Devils (2000–01) 37–27–9–2
76 W March 27, 2001 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (2000–01) 38–27–9–2
77 W March 29, 2001 5–2 Chicago Blackhawks (2000–01) 39–27–9–2
78 W March 31, 2001 5–3 St. Louis Blues (2000–01) 40–27–9–2
79 L April 2, 2001 1–4 @ New York Islanders (2000–01) 40–28–9–2
80 W April 4, 2001 4–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (2000–01) 41–28–9–2
81 L April 7, 2001 3–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (2000–01) 41–28–9–3
82 W April 8, 2001 6–4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2000–01) 42–28–9–3

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals[edit]

The Penguins opened the playoffs against the Washington Capitals. It was their sixth meeting in the playoffs. The Penguins were shut out in game one, 1-0. Lemieux scored a goal and had an assist in game two, which was won by the Penguins, 2-1. Newcomer Johan Hedberg shut out the Capitals in game three. The Capitals won game four in overtime, 4-3. However, game-winning goals by Lemieux and Martin Straka in games five and six won the series for the Penguins, 4 games to 2.

Pittsburgh won series 4-2


Eastern Conference Semi-finals[edit]

The Penguins played the Buffalo Sabres in the conference semi-finals. The Penguins won game one by the score of 3-0 and game two by the score of 3-1. The Sabres won the next three games, pushing the Penguins to elimination. However, overtime winning goals by Straka and Darius Kasparaitis in games six and seven won the series for the Penguins. Game seven was Dominik Hasek's last game as a Sabre; he would sign with the Detroit Red Wings in the offseason.

Pittsburgh won series 4-3


Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

The Penguins and the New Jersey Devils split the first two games of the series before the Devils took games three, four, and five to eliminate the Penguins.

New Jersey won series 4-1


Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

Regular season Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr 81 52 69 121 42 16 2 10 12 18
Kovalev, AlexeiAlexei Kovalev 79 44 51 95 96 18 5 5 10 16
Straka, MartinMartin Straka 82 27 68 95 38 18 5 8 13 8
Lang, RobertRobert Lang 82 32 48 80 28 16 4 4 8 4
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux 43 35 41 76 18 18 6 11 17 4
Hrdina, JanJan Hrdina 78 15 28 43 48 18 2 5 7 8
Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens 55 10 22 32 73 17 3 3 6 20
Beranek, JosefJosef Beranek 70 9 14 23 43 13 0 2 2 2
Jonsson, HansHans Jonsson 58 4 18 22 22 16 0 0 0 8
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau 73 3 19 22 131 18 1 3 4 2
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen 50 3 17 20 34 18 2 2 4 14
Morozov, AlekseyAleksey Morozov 66 5 14 19 6 18 3 3 6 6
Kasparaitis, DariusDarius Kasparaitis 77 3 16 19 111 17 1 1 2 26
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet 43 8 9 17 57 17 1 0 1 12
Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference 36 4 11 15 28 18 3 7 10 16
Kraft, MilanMilan Kraft 42 7 7 14 8 8 0 0 0 2
Miller, KipKip Miller 33 3 8 11 6 - - - - -
Kucera, FrantisekFrantisek Kucera 51 2 7 9 12 - - - - -
Petersen, TobyToby Petersen 12 2 6 8 4 - - - - -
Moran, IanIan Moran 40 3 4 7 28 18 0 1 1 4
LaCouture, DanDan LaCouture 48 2 4 6 43 5 0 0 0 2
Roszival, MichalMichal Roszival 30 1 4 5 26 - - - - -
Oliwa, KrzysztofKrzysztof Oliwa 36 1 4 5 165 5 0 0 0 16
Bergevin, MarcMarc Bergevin 38 1 4 5 26 12 0 1 1 2
Boughner, BobBob Boughner 58 1 3 4 147 18 0 1 1 22
Tibbetts, BillyBilly Tibbetts 29 1 2 3 79 - - - - -
Melichar, JosefJosef Melichar 18 0 2 2 21 - - - - -
Dollas, BobbyBobby Dollas 21 1 1 2 18 - - - - -
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 36 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
McKenna, SteveSteve McKenna 54 1 1 2 119 - - - - -
Crozier, GregGreg Crozier 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Bonvie, DennisDennis Bonvie 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Parent, RichRich Parent 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 9 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 35 0 0 0 8 - - - - -
Total 281 501 782 1573 38 67 105 212

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; GS = Games Started; MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SA = Shots Against; SV = Saves; SV% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP GS MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 9 9 545 7 1 1 24 2.64 253 229 .905 0
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 35 33 2032 14 15 4 101 2.98 1014 913 .900 4
Parent, RichRich Parent 7 4 332 1 1 3 17 3.07 167 150 .887 0
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 36 35 2050 20 14 1 107 3.13 1080 973 .890 0
Combined 82 4959 42 31 9 249 2.96 2514 2310 .919 4
Playoffs
Player GP GS MIN W L GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 18 18 1123 9 9 43 2.30 482 439 .911 2
Combined 18 1124 9 9 43 2.30 482 439 .911 2

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season milestones
Player Milestone Reached
Roman Simicek First NHL goal October 14, 2000
Milan Kraft First NHL goal October 14, 2000
Jaromir Jagr 400th career goal November 13, 2000
Darius Kasparaitis 100th career point November 25, 2000
Toby Petersen First NHL goal December 10, 2000
Jan Hrdina 100th career point December 16, 2000
Jaromir Jagr 1000th career point December 30, 2000
Mario Lemieux 1500th career point December 30, 2000
Jaromir Jagr 600th career assist January 15, 2001
Kevin Stevens 700th career assist January 19, 2001
Martin Straka 400th career assist January 27, 2001
Robert Lang 100th career goal January 30, 2001
Billy Tibbetts First NHL goal February 16, 2001
Alexei Kovalev 200th career goal February 19, 2001
Johan Hedberg First NHL win March 16, 2001

Making their NHL debuts in 2000-2001 were the following: Roman Simicek, Toby Petersen, Billy Tibbetts, Greg Crozier, Milan Kraft and Johan Hedberg.

Playoff milestones
Player Milestone Reached
Johan Hedberg First playoff win April 14, 2001
Jaromir Jagr 100th playoff assist April 26, 2001
Martin Straka 50th playoff point May 15, 2001

Awards[edit]

Player Award
Bob Boughner Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award
Jaromir Jagr Leading Point Scorer Award
First team NHL All-Star
Art Ross Trophy
Alexei Kovalev A.T. Caggiano Booster Club Award
Baz Bastien Memorial "Good Guy" Award
Mario Lemieux Most Valuable Player Award
Second team NHL All-Star
Ian Moran Pittsburgh Penguins Masterton Nominee
Martin Straka Player's Player Award

Broadcaster Mike Lange was also awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2001, thus securing his induction into the broadcaster's wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Kovalev, and Mario Lemieux were all selected to participate in the 2001 NHL All-Star Game. Lemieux captained the North American All-Stars and scored two points. Kovalev was a reserve for the World All-Stars and also scored two points. Jagr was voted as a starter for the World All-Stars, but could not play due to an injury.

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 2000–01 season:[3]

Trades[edit]

June 24, 2000 To Montreal Canadiens:
2000 fourth-round pick (#114-Christian Larrivee)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
2000 fourth-round pick (#124-Michel Ouellet)
2000 fifth-round pick (#146-David Koci)
November 14, 2000 To New York Islanders:
2001 ninth-round pick (#280-Roman Kukhtinov)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Dan Trebil
December 28, 2000 To St. Louis Blues:
Dan Trebil
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Marc Bergevin
January 13, 2001 To Minnesota Wild:
Roman Simicek
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Steve McKenna
January 14, 2001 To Atlanta Thrashers:
Jiri Slegr
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
2001 third-round pick (#85-Aaron Johnson)
January 14, 2001 To Philadelphia Flyers:
John Slaney
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Kevin Stevens
January 14, 2001 To Columbus Blue Jackets:
2001 third-round pick (#85-Aaron Johnson)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Krzysztof Oliwa
February 1, 2001 To Tampa Bay Lightning:
Matthew Barnaby
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Wayne Primeau
March 12, 2001 To San Jose Sharks:
Jeff Norton
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Bobby Dollas
Johan Hedberg
March 13, 2001 To Edmonton Oilers:
Sven Butenschon
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Dan LaCouture
March 13, 2001 To Columbus Blue Jackets:
2001 sixth-round pick (#184-Scott Horvath)
To Pittsburgh Penguins:
Frantisek Kucera