2001–02 New Jersey Devils season

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2001–02 New Jersey Devils
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 6th Eastern
2001–02 record 41–28–9–4
Home record 22–13–4–2
Road record 19–15–5–2
Goals for 205
Goals against 187
Team information
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Larry Robinson (Oct–Jan)
Kevin Constantine (Jan–Apr)
Captain Scott Stevens
Alternate captains Bobby Holik
Scott Niedermayer
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Average attendance 15,925
Team leaders
Goals Patrik Elias (29)
Assists Brian Rafalski (40)
Points Patrik Elias (61)
Penalties in minutes Colin White (133)
Plus/minus Sergei Brylin (+21)
Wins Martin Brodeur (38)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (2.00)
<2000–01 2002–03>

The 2001–02 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 20th season in the National Hockey League since the franchise relocated to New Jersey. The Devils finished sixth in the Eastern Conference and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Fifty-one games in to the season, Head Coach Larry Robinson was fired and Kevin Constantine was named their head coach for their final 31 games. On April 13, 2002, the Devils clinched a sixth-place Conference finish and a third-place Division finish.

Regular season[edit]

The Devils had the fewest power-play opportunities during the regular season, with just 261, and they tied the Washington Capitals for the fewest short-handed goals scored, with just two. However, the Devils were also the most disciplined team during the regular season, finishing with an NHL-low 265 power-play opportunities against.[1]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 27 10 3 234 192 97
2 5 New York Islanders 82 42 28 8 4 239 220 96
3 6 New Jersey Devils 82 41 28 9 4 205 187 95
4 11 New York Rangers 82 36 38 4 4 227 258 80
5 12 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 28 41 8 5 198 249 69

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- Boston Bruins NE 82 43 24 6 9 236 201 101
2 Y- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 27 10 3 234 192 97
3 Y- Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 26 16 5 217 217 91
4 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 43 25 10 4 249 207 100
5 X- New York Islanders AT 82 42 28 8 4 239 220 96
6 X- New Jersey Devils AT 82 41 28 9 4 205 187 95
7 X- Ottawa Senators NE 82 39 27 9 7 243 208 94
8 X- Montreal Canadiens NE 82 36 31 12 3 207 209 87
8.5
9 Washington Capitals SE 82 36 33 11 2 228 240 85
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 35 35 11 2 213 200 82
11 New York Rangers AT 82 36 38 4 4 227 258 80
12 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 28 41 8 5 198 249 69
13 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 27 40 11 4 178 219 69
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 22 44 10 6 180 250 60
15 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 19 47 11 5 187 288 54

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 6, 2001 1–6 @ Washington Capitals (2001–02) 0–1–0–0
2 L October 11, 2001 4–6 New York Islanders (2001–02) 0–2–0–0
3 L October 13, 2001 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (2001–02) 0–3–0–0
4 L October 17, 2001 3–4 OT @ New York Rangers (2001–02) 0–3–0–1
5 W October 18, 2001 6–1 San Jose Sharks (2001–02) 1–3–0–1
6 W October 20, 2001 3–2 Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 2–3–0–1
7 W October 23, 2001 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 3–3–0–1
8 W October 27, 2001 3–1 Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 4–3–0–1
9 W October 30, 2001 4–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (2001–02) 5–3–0–1
10 W November 1, 2001 5–2 Phoenix Coyotes (2001–02) 6–3–0–1
11 L November 3, 2001 1–2 Boston Bruins (2001–02) 6–4–0–1
12 W November 7, 2001 3–2 Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 7–4–0–1
13 W November 9, 2001 3–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 8–4–0–1
14 T November 10, 2001 1–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 8–4–1–1
15 L November 13, 2001 1–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 8–5–1–1
16 L November 15, 2001 4–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (2001–02) 8–5–1–2
17 L November 17, 2001 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 8–6–1–2
18 L November 18, 2001 0–2 Colorado Avalanche (2001–02) 8–7–1–2
19 T November 20, 2001 3–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 8–7–2–2
20 L November 23, 2001 0–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 8–8–2–2
21 W November 24, 2001 5–1 @ Florida Panthers (2001–02) 9–8–2–2
22 L November 27, 2001 0–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 9–9–2–2
23 L November 30, 2001 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (2001–02) 9–10–2–2
24 W December 1, 2001 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (2001–02) 10–10–2–2
25 T December 4, 2001 1–1 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 10–10–3–2
26 W December 5, 2001 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (2001–02) 11–10–3–2
27 W December 8, 2001 3–1 Washington Capitals (2001–02) 12–10–3–2
28 L December 10, 2001 1–3 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2001–02) 12–11–3–2
29 W December 12, 2001 3–2 OT New York Islanders (2001–02) 13–11–3–2
30 L December 14, 2001 2–3 Florida Panthers (2001–02) 13–12–3–2
31 W December 15, 2001 2–0 @ Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 14–12–3–2
32 T December 19, 2001 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (2001–02) 14–12–4–2
33 T December 20, 2001 3–3 OT Edmonton Oilers (2001–02) 14–12–5–2
34 L December 22, 2001 0–1 Ottawa Senators (2001–02) 14–13–5–2
35 W December 26, 2001 4–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 15–13–5–2
36 L December 29, 2001 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (2001–02) 15–14–5–2
37 W December 30, 2001 2–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (2001–02) 16–14–5–2
38 W January 1, 2002 2–1 St. Louis Blues (2001–02) 17–14–5–2
39 L January 3, 2002 3–4 Nashville Predators (2001–02) 17–15–5–2
40 W January 5, 2002 2–1 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 18–15–5–2
41 L January 7, 2002 2–3 Los Angeles Kings (2001–02) 18–16–5–2
42 W January 9, 2002 5–1 Calgary Flames (2001–02) 19–16–5–2
43 L January 10, 2002 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 19–17–5–2
44 L January 12, 2002 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 19–18–5–2
45 L January 15, 2002 4–5 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 19–18–5–3
46 W January 17, 2002 6–4 New York Rangers (2001–02) 20–18–5–3
47 T January 19, 2002 3–3 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 20–18–6–3
48 L January 21, 2002 2–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–02) 20–19–6–3
49 W January 23, 2002 3–1 @ Florida Panthers (2001–02) 21–19–6–3
50 L January 24, 2002 2–4 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 21–20–6–3
51 T January 26, 2002 2–2 OT @ Minnesota Wild (2001–02) 21–20–7–3
52 W January 29, 2002 3–1 @ New York Islanders (2001–02) 22–20–7–3
53 W January 30, 2002 3–1 Chicago Blackhawks (2001–02) 23–20–7–3
54 L February 5, 2002 0–1 Montreal Canadiens (2001–02) 23–21–7–3
55 T February 7, 2002 3–3 OT Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 23–21–8–3
56 W February 9, 2002 2–1 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 24–21–8–3
57 W February 10, 2002 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 25–21–8–3
58 T February 12, 2002 2–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (2001–02) 25–21–9–3
59 W February 26, 2002 4–3 @ New York Rangers (2001–02) 26–21–9–3
60 L February 27, 2002 0–1 Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 26–22–9–3
61 W March 1, 2002 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 27–22–9–3
62 L March 4, 2002 0–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (2001–02) 27–23–9–3
63 L March 5, 2002 1–4 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2001–02) 27–24–9–3
64 L March 8, 2002 1–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2001–02) 27–25–9–3
65 W March 10, 2002 3–0 @ Dallas Stars (2001–02) 28–25–9–3
66 W March 13, 2002 3–2 New York Islanders (2001–02) 29–25–9–3
67 W March 16, 2002 3–1 New York Rangers (2001–02) 30–25–9–3
68 L March 17, 2002 2–3 OT Vancouver Canucks (2001–02) 30–25–9–4
69 W March 20, 2002 3–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2001–02) 31–25–9–4
70 W March 21, 2002 4–3 @ Nashville Predators (2001–02) 32–25–9–4
71 L March 23, 2002 2–4 Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 32–26–9–4
72 W March 25, 2002 3–1 Florida Panthers (2001–02) 33–26–9–4
73 W March 27, 2002 4–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2001–02) 34–26–9–4
74 L March 29, 2002 1–3 Washington Capitals (2001–02) 34–27–9–4
75 W March 30, 2002 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2001–02) 35–27–9–4
76 L April 1, 2002 2–4 @ New York Islanders (2001–02) 35–28–9–4
77 W April 3, 2002 3–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2001–02) 36–28–9–4
78 W April 5, 2002 3–1 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2001–02) 37–28–9–4
79 W April 7, 2002 3–2 OT Boston Bruins (2001–02) 38–28–9–4
80 W April 10, 2002 1–0 Philadelphia Flyers (2001–02) 39–28–9–4
81 W April 12, 2002 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (2001–02) 40–28–9–4
82 W April 13, 2002 4–3 OT @ Washington Capitals (2001–02) 41–28–9–4

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(E6) New Jersey Devils vs. (E3) Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

The series opened in Raleigh. Carolina won Games 1 and 2, 2–1 – Game 1 in regulation and Game 2 in overtime. Games 3 and 4 were at the Meadowlands. The Devils won Game 3, 4–0, and Game 4, 3–1. Game 5 was back in Raleigh, where the Hurricanes won 3–2 in overtime. Game 6 shifted back to the Meadowlands, where Carolina prevailed 1–0 and clinched the series victory, 4–2.

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Patrik Elias 75 29 32 61 36
Bobby Holik 81 25 29 54 97
Petr Sykora 73 21 27 48 44
Scott Gomez 76 10 38 48 36
Sergei Brylin 76 16 28 44 10
Jason Arnott 63 22 19 41 59
John Madden 82 15 8 23 25
Jay Pandolfo 65 4 10 14 15
Randy McKay 55 6 7 13 65
Valeri Kamensky 30 4 8 12 18
Brian Gionta 33 4 7 11 8
Joe Nieuwendyk 14 2 9 11 4
Sergei Nemchinov 68 5 5 10 10
Andreas Salomonsson 39 4 5 9 22
Christian Berglund 15 2 7 9 8
Jim McKenzie 67 3 5 8 123
Pierre Dagenais 16 3 3 6 4
Jamie Langenbrunner 14 3 3 6 23
Bruce Gardiner 7 2 1 3 2
Stephane Richer 10 1 2 3 0
Turner Stevenson 21 0 2 2 25
Jiri Bicek 1 0 0 0 0

Defensemen[edit]

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

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Brian Rafalski 76 7 40 47 18
Scott Niedermayer 76 11 22 33 30
Scott Stevens 82 1 16 17 44
Ken Daneyko 67 0 6 6 60
Colin White 73 2 3 5 133
Tommy Albelin 42 1 3 4 4
Andrei Zyuzin 38 1 2 3 25
Josef Boumedienne 1 1 0 1 2
Joel Bouchard 1 0 1 1 0
Mike Commodore 37 0 1 1 30
Sascha Goc 2 0 0 0 0

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Martin Brodeur 73 38 26 9 4 2.15
John Vanbiesbrouck 5 2 3 0 0 2.00
Jean-Francois Damphousse 6 1 3 0 0 2.45
Scott Clemmensen 2 0 0 0 0 3.00

Draft picks[edit]

The Devils' draft picks at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (league) Notes
1 28 Adrian Foster  Canada C Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
2 44 Igor Pohanka  Slovakia C Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) [3]
2 48 Tuomas Pihlman  Finland LW JYP (SM-liiga) [3]
2 60 Victor Uchevatov  Russia D Torpedo-2 Yaroslavl (Russian Superleague) [4][5]
3 67 Robin Leblanc  Canada RW Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) [6]
3 72 Brandon Nolan  Canada C Oshawa Generals (OHL) [7][8]
4 128 Andrei Posnov  Russia F Krylya Sovetov (Russian Superleague)
5 163 Andreas Salomonsson  Sweden LW Djurgardens IF (Elitserien)
6 194 James Massen  United States F Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
7 0 No seventh-round pick[9]
8 229 Aaron Voros  Canada RW Victoria Salsa (BCHL) [10]
8 257 Evgeny Gamalei  Russia ? Voskresensk Khimik (Russian Superleague)
9 287 No ninth-round pick[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2002.html
  2. ^ "2001–2002 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b The Devils acquired Phoenix's 2001 second-round pick (Igor Pohanka) and Vancouver's 2001 second-round compensatory pick (Tuomas Pihlman) from Florida for St. Louis' 2001 first-round pick (used on Lukas Krajicek) on June 23, 2001. The Devils had originally received the pick from St. Louis in a settlement on January 4, 1999.
  4. ^ The Devils acquired the 2001 second-round pick from Ottawa for a 2001 third-round pick (used on Neil Komadoski) and a 2001 third-round compensatory pick (later transferred to Tampa Bay and used on Evgeny Artyhukin) on June 23, 2001. The HockeyDB.com page incorrectly lists Uchevatov as being drafted by Ottawa, while Uchevatov's profile and the official NHL website say he was traded to New Jersey prior to the draft.
  5. ^ The Devils' original 2001 second-round pick (transferred to Washington and then Tampa Bay, used on Andreas Holmqvist), along with Sheldon Souray and Josh DeWolf, was traded to Montreal for Vladimir Malakhov on March 1, 2000.
  6. ^ Compensatory pick. SLAM! Sports coverage
  7. ^ The Devils acquired the 2001 third-round pick along with Turner Stevenson from Columbus for Krzysztof Oliwa on June 12, 2000. Nolan never reported for the Devils and was redrafted by Vancouver in the fourth round (111 overall) of the 2003 Draft.
  8. ^ The Devils had traded their original 2001 third-round pick (used on Beat Schiess-Forster) to Phoenix for the Coyotes' 2002 third-round pick (Chvatal) on June 23, 2001.
  9. ^ The Devils traded their 2001 seventh-round pick (used on Tony Martensson) to Anaheim for Ed Ward on June 12, 2000.
  10. ^ The Devils acquired the 2001 eighth-round pick from Tampa Bay for Minnesota's 2000 ninth-round pick (used on Thomas Ziegler) on June 24, 2000. The Devils had originally received the pick from Minnesota, along with Chris Terreri, for Brad Bombardir on June 23, 2000.
  11. ^ The Devils traded their 2001 ninth-round pick (used on Juha-Pekka Ketola) and Chris Terreri to the Islanders for John Vanbiesbrouck on March 12, 2001.