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 2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the team's 34th in the National Hockey League. The team played 82 games under new Head Coach Ivan Hlinka, who replaced Herb Brooks, who stepped down to remain a scout with the team.

Offseason[edit]

Herb Brooks resigned as head 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 number 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) in the Penguins' 5–0 victory 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, on October 28 against 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 a career year, 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, while Robert Lang had 32 goals and 48 assists for 80 points. 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]

2000–2001 Schedule
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT Loss           = Tie

Injuries[edit]

Player Injury Date Returned
Hans Jonsson bruised foot (DTD) October 7, 2000 October 13, 2000
Hans Jonsson concussion (DTD) October 14, 2000 October 25, 2000
Janne Laukkanen bruised knee (DTD) October 14, 2000 October 21, 2000
Ian Moran knee injury (DTD) October 19, 2000 November 4, 2000
Roman Simicek strained hamstring (DTD) November 3, 2000 November 16, 2000
Ian Moran broken hand (out indefinitely) November 11, 2000
Bob Boughner broken wrist (DTD) November 13, 2000
Janne Laukkanen sprained knee (DTD) November 16, 2000 December 26, 2000
Josef Beranek strained hamstring (DTD) November 22, 2000
Kip Miller strained groin (DTD) December 1, 2000 December 9, 2000
Roman Simicek flu (DTD) December 5, 2000 December 9, 2000
Jan Hrdina strained groin (DTD) December 6, 2000 December 13, 2000
Rene Corbet cervical strain (DTD) December 6, 2000 December 13, 2000
Jeff Norton bruised foot (DTD) December 9, 2000 December 13, 2000
Josef Beranek strained shoulder (DTD) December 13, 2000
Darius Kasparaitis bruised foot (DTD) December 20, 2000 December 26, 2000
Josef Beranek hip injury (DTD) December 20, 2000
Rene Corbet sore back (DTD) December 21, 2000 December 30, 2000
Jeff Norton bruised knee (DTD) January 12, 2001 January 21, 2001
Jan Hrdina bruised hip (DTD) January 13, 2001
Krzysztof Oliwa broken arm (DTD) January 15, 2001 January 30, 2001
Josef Beranek strained groin (DTD) January 21, 2001 February 10, 2001
Hans Jonsson strained hip (DTD) January 30, 2001 February 14, 2001
Rene Corbet bruised foot (DTD) February 10, 2001 February 16, 2001
Wayne Primeau neck injury (DTD) February 15, 2001
Ian Moran flu (DTD) February 16, 2001
Janne Laukkanen flu (DTD) February 16, 2001
Jeff Norton back injury (DTD) February 17, 2001 February 25, 2001
Rene Corbet broken foot (out for season) February 17, 2001
Ian Moran broken thumb (DTD) February 21, 2001 March 31, 2001
Hans Jonsson strained shoulder (DTD) February 23, 2001 March 9, 2001
Marc Bergevin knee injury (out indefinitely) February 23, 2001 March 9, 2001
Marc Bergevin strained knee (DTD) February 23, 2001
Janne Laukkanen strained groin (DTD) February 25, 2001 March 25, 2001
Bob Boughner bruised chest (DTD) March 3, 2001
Sven Butenschon sore shoulder (DTD) March 7, 2001 March 12, 2001
Janne Laukkanen sprained knee (DTD) March 12, 2001
Billy Tibbetts flu (DTD) March 14, 2001
Wayne Primeau strained muscle (DTD) March 14, 2001
Josef Beranek bruised thigh (DTD) March 23, 2001
Krzysztof Oliwa hamstring injury (DTD) March 23, 2001 April 2, 2001
Kevin Stevens sprained knee (out for season) March 29, 2001
Hans Jonsson elbow injury (out for season) March 31, 2001
Janne Laukkanen sprained knee (DTD) March 31, 2001 April 7, 2001
Darius Kasparaitis strained muscle (out for season) April 7, 2001
Jaromir Jagr bruised finger (DTD) April 8, 2001

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[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 1, 1–0. Lemieux scored a goal and had an assist in Game 2, which was won by the Penguins, 2–1. Newcomer Johan Hedberg shut out the Capitals in Game 3. The Capitals won Game 4 in overtime, 4-3. However, game-winning goals by Lemieux and Martin Straka in Game 5 and 6 won the series for the Penguins, 4–2.

Pittsburgh won series 4–2


Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

The Penguins played the Buffalo Sabres in the conference semi-finals. The Penguins won Game 1 by the score of 3–0 and Game 2 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 Game 6 and 7 won the series for the Penguins. Game 7 was Dominik Hasek's last game as a Sabre; he would sign with the Detroit Red Wings in the off-season.

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
Goaltenders
Regular Season[5]
Player GP GS TOI W L T OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 36 33 2,050:06 20 14 1 0 107 3.13 973 0.890 0 0 1 4
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 35 34 2,031:43 14 15 4 3 101 2.98 1014 0.900 3 0 0 8
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 9 9 544:54 7 1 1 0 24 2.64 253 0.905 0 0 0 0
Parent, RichRich Parent 7 4 331:39 1 1 3 0 17 3.08 150 0.887 0 0 0 0
Caron, SebastienSebastien Caron 0 0 0:00 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.000 0 0 0 0
Playoffs[6]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg 18 18 1,123:04 9 9 2 43 2.30 482 0.911 2 0 0 0
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 0 0 0:00 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.000 0 0 0 0
Aubin, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Aubin 1 0 0:54 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.000 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
     – Denotes league leader.

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Making their NHL Regular Season debuts in 2000–01 were Roman Simicek, Toby Petersen, Billy Tibbetts, Greg Crozier, Milan Kraft and Johan Hedberg.

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:[7]

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