2000–01 NHL season

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2000–01 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 4, 2000 – June 9, 2001
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy Colorado Avalanche
Season MVP Joe Sakic (Colorado)
Top scorer Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh)
Playoffs
Eastern champions New Jersey Devils
  Eastern runners-up Pittsburgh Penguins
Western champions Colorado Avalanche
  Western runners-up St. Louis Blues
Playoffs MVP Patrick Roy (Colorado)
Stanley Cup
Champions Colorado Avalanche
  Runners-up New Jersey Devils
NHL seasons

The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche, who won the best of seven series 4–3 against the New Jersey Devils. The focus of Colorado's Stanley Cup run was on star defenceman Raymond Bourque who was on a quest to win his first Stanley Cup championship in his illustrious 22-year career.

League business[edit]

Two expansion teams, the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets, joined the league at the beginning of the season, increasing the number of NHL teams to 30. The Blue Jackets would join the Central Division, while the Wild would join the Northwest Division. This divisional alignment would remain static until the 2013-14 season. This was the first time the NHL would have a team in Minnesota since the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas and the first time for Ohio since the Cleveland Barons coincidentally merged with the North Stars.

The Dallas Stars played their final season at the Reunion Arena, before moving to their new home in 2001.

Regular season[edit]

On December 27, 2000, Mario Lemieux, returned from his three-and-a-half-year retirement and, that night on Hockey Night in Canada, Mario registered his first assist 33 seconds into the game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. He went on to add a goal and finish with three points, solidifying his return and bringing a struggling Jaromír Jágr back to his elite status, who went on to win his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy, just passing Joe Sakic. Despite playing in only 43 games in 2000–2001, Lemieux scored 76 points to finish 26th in scoring, finishing the season with the highest points-per-game average that season among NHL players. Lemieux was one of the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award.

The record for most shutouts in a season (set at 160 in 1997–98 and equalled in 1998–99)[1][2] was eclipsed, as 186 shutouts were recorded.[3]

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[4]
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.

Northeast Division[5]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Ottawa Senators 82 48 21 9 4 274 205 109
2 5 Buffalo Sabres 82 46 30 5 1 218 184 98
3 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 37 29 11 5 232 207 90
4 9 Boston Bruins 82 36 30 8 8 227 249 88
5 11 Montreal Canadiens 82 28 40 8 6 206 232 70

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.

Southeast Division[6]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Washington Capitals 82 41 27 10 4 233 211 96
2 8 Carolina Hurricanes 82 38 32 9 3 212 225 88
3 12 Florida Panthers 82 22 38 13 9 200 246 66
4 13 Atlanta Thrashers 82 23 45 12 2 211 289 60
5 14 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 47 6 5 201 280 59

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[7]
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


Western Conference[edit]

Central Division[8]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Detroit Red Wings 82 49 20 9 4 253 202 111
2 4 St. Louis Blues 82 43 22 12 5 249 195 103
3 10 Nashville Predators 82 34 36 9 3 186 200 80
4 12 Chicago Blackhawks 82 29 40 8 5 210 246 71
5 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 28 39 9 6 190 233 71

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.

Northwest Division[9]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Colorado Avalanche 82 52 16 10 4 270 192 118
2 6 Edmonton Oilers 82 39 28 12 3 243 222 93
3 8 Vancouver Canucks 82 36 28 11 7 239 238 90
4 11 Calgary Flames 82 27 36 15 4 197 236 73
5 14 Minnesota Wild 82 25 39 13 5 168 210 68

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.

Pacific Division[10]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Dallas Stars 82 48 24 8 2 241 187 106
2 5 San Jose Sharks 82 40 27 12 3 217 192 95
3 7 Los Angeles Kings 82 38 28 13 3 252 228 92
4 9 Phoenix Coyotes 82 35 27 17 3 214 212 90
5 15 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 25 41 11 5 188 245 66

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.

Western Conference[11]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Colorado Avalanche NW 82 52 16 10 4 270 192 118
2 y – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 49 20 9 4 253 202 111
3 y – Dallas Stars PAC 82 48 24 8 2 241 187 106
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 43 22 12 5 249 195 103
5 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 40 27 12 3 217 192 95
6 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 39 28 12 3 243 222 93
7 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 38 28 13 3 252 228 92
8 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 36 28 11 7 239 238 90
8.5
9 Phoenix Coyotes PAC 82 35 27 17 3 214 212 90
10 Nashville Predators CEN 82 34 36 9 3 186 200 80
11 Calgary Flames NW 82 27 36 15 4 197 236 73
12 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 29 40 8 5 210 246 71
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CEN 82 28 39 9 6 190 233 71
14 Minnesota Wild NW 82 25 39 13 5 168 210 68
15 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 25 41 11 5 188 245 66

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific, NW – Northwest

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy; y – Won division


Playoffs[edit]

The 2001 Playoffs saw many surprises, most notably when the upstart Los Angeles Kings beat the Detroit Red Wings. The Washington Capitals, another Cup favorite, were knocked out in the first round by their longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The dark horse Pens (aided by Mario's return) made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Final, where they were dispatched in five games by the New Jersey Devils.

Final[edit]

New Jersey vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
May 26 New Jersey 0 5 Colorado
May 29 New Jersey 2 1 Colorado
May 31 Colorado 3 1 New Jersey
June 2 Colorado 2 3 New Jersey
June 4 New Jersey 4 1 Colorado
June 7 Colorado 4 0 New Jersey
June 9 New Jersey 1 3 Colorado
Colorado wins series
4–3 and Stanley Cup
Patrick Roy (Colorado)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Playoff bracket[edit]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
1  New Jersey 4     1  New Jersey 4  
8  Carolina 2     7  Toronto 3  


2  Ottawa 0 Eastern Conference
7  Toronto 4  
    1  New Jersey 4  
  6  Pittsburgh 1  
3  Washington 2  
6  Pittsburgh 4  
4  Philadelphia 2   5  Buffalo 3
5  Buffalo 4     6  Pittsburgh 4  


  E1  New Jersey 3
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W1  Colorado 4
1  Colorado 4     1  Colorado 4
8  Vancouver 0     7  Los Angeles 3  
2  Detroit 2
7  Los Angeles 4  
  1  Colorado 4
  4  St. Louis 1  
3  Dallas 4  
6  Edmonton 2   Western Conference
4  St. Louis 4   3  Dallas 0
5  San Jose 2     4  St. Louis 4  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

Awards[edit]

The presentation ceremonies were held in Toronto.

Trophy Criteria Winner
Presidents' Trophy Best regular-season record Colorado Avalanche
Prince of Wales Trophy Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche
Art Ross Trophy Top scorer Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication Adam Graves, New York Rangers
Calder Memorial Trophy Best first-year player Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks
Frank J. Selke Trophy Best defensive forward John Madden, New Jersey Devils
Hart Memorial Trophy Most valuable player Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
Jack Adams Award Coach of the year Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy Best defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Leadership and humanitarian contributions Shjon Podein, Colorado Avalanche
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Sportsmanship and excellence Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
Lester B. Pearson Award Outstanding player Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy Top goal scorer Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
NHL Plus/Minus Award Best +/- statistic Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche and Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Best save percentage Marty Turco, Dallas Stars
Vezina Trophy Outstanding goaltender Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy Best goals-against average Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres

All-Star teams[edit]

First Team   Position   Second Team
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres G Roman Cechmanek, Philadelphia Flyers
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Rob Blake, L.A./Colorado
Ray Bourque, Colorado Avalanche D Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche C Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins RW Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils LW Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh 81 52 69 121
Joe Sakic Colorado 82 54 64 118
Patrik Elias New Jersey 82 40 56 96
Alexei Kovalev Pittsburgh 79 44 51 95
Jason Allison Boston 82 36 59 95
Martin Straka Pittsburgh 82 27 68 95
Pavel Bure Florida 82 59 33 92
Doug Weight Edmonton 82 25 65 90
Zigmund Palffy Los Angeles 73 38 51 89
Peter Forsberg Colorado 73 27 62 89

[12]

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Wins: Martin Brodeur (42); Shutouts: Dominik Hasek (11); GAA: Roman Cechmanek (2.01); SV%: Marty Turco (.925)

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts
Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 21 13 13 26
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils 25 9 14 23
Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 23 7 16 23
Petr Sykora New Jersey Devils 25 10 12 22
Alex Tanguay Colorado Avalanche 23 6 15 21
Rob Blake Colorado Avalanche 23 6 13 19
Brian Rafalski New Jersey Devils 25 7 11 18
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 18 6 11 17
Chris Drury Colorado Avalanche 23 11 5 16
Bobby Holik New Jersey Devils 25 6 10 16
Alexander Mogilny New Jersey Devils 25 5 11 16

Milestones[edit]

Debuts[edit]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2000–01:

Last games[edit]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2000–01:

Hat Tricks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto, ON: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5. 
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1. 
Notes
  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1998_goalies.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1999_goalies.html
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2001_goalies.html
  4. ^ "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2000–2001 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2000-2001 Division Standings". NHL.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ "2000-2001 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 
  12. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 161. 

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