2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season

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2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Western Conference Champions
Division 2nd Pacific
Conference 7th Western
2002–03 record 40-27-9-6
Home record TBD
Road record TBD
Goals for 203
Goals against 193
Team information
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Paul Kariya
Alternate captains Keith Carney
Steve Rucchin
Arena Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Average attendance 13,988 (81.4%)
Total: 573,506
Team leaders
Goals Petr Sykora (34)
Assists Paul Kariya (56)
Points Paul Kariya (81)
Penalties in minutes Kevin Sawyer (115)
Wins Jean-Sebastien Giguere (34)
Goals against average Martin Gerber (1.95)
<2001–02 2003–04>

The 2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season was the Ducks' tenth season in franchise history. The club qualified for the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history.

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On February 12, 2003, Mike Leclerc scored just 10 seconds into the overtime period to give the Mighty Ducks a 4-3 home win over the Calgary Flames.[1] It would prove to be the fastest overtime goal scored during the 2002-03 NHL regular season.[2]

Divisional standings[edit]

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Dallas Stars 82 46 17 15 4 245 169 111
2 7 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 40 27 9 6 203 193 95
3 10 Los Angeles Kings 82 33 37 6 6 203 221 78
4 11 Phoenix Coyotes 82 31 35 11 5 204 230 78
5 14 San Jose Sharks 82 28 37 9 8 214 239 73

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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.


Playoffs[edit]

Conference Quarter-finals[edit]

In what was a very large upset, the seventh-seed Mighty Ducks took a first-round series from the number-two seed and defending Stanley Cup Champions Detroit. The Mighty Ducks swept the Red Wings in four games to get revenge from 1997 and 1999 where the Mighty Ducks were swept by the Red Wings. In game one of the series, when the game went to overtime, the sellout crowd at Joe Louis Arena thought the Wings had won the game thanks to a Luc Robitaille shot at 9:21. Some of the Detroit players had even left for the dressing room. However, after going to the video review, it was concluded that Robitaille's shot ricocheted off the crossbar and the post, and the players were brought back to resume the game. Later, at 3:18 into the third overtime period, Paul Kariya scored the goal that would clinch a 2-1 win for Anaheim and a one-game lead in the series. Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere faced 64 shots in game one. In game two, Anaheim came back from a 2-1 Deficit by scoring two goals in the third period.

The Mighty Ducks won game three, at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, 2–1 to push the Red Wings to the brink of elimination. The Mighty Ducks then won game four, a 3–2 overtime victory with Steve Rucchin delivering the knockout goal 6:53 into overtime. The Red Wings became only the second defending Stanley Cup champions to be swept the following year in a four-game opening series.

Game-by-game Score DET goals ANA goals
1 April 10 3:18, 3OT Mighty Ducks 2, at Red Wings 1 Shanahan Kariya, Oates
2 April 12 Mighty Ducks 3, at Red Wings 2 Robitaille, Woolley Chistov, Krog, Thomas
3 April 14 at Mighty Ducks 2, Red Wings 1 Holmstrom Chistov, Pahlsson
4 April 16 6:53, OT at Mighty Ducks 3, Red Wings 2 Fedorov, Zetterberg Kariya, Krog, Rucchin
Mighty Ducks win series 4–0

Conference semi-finals[edit]

The series opened at American Airlines Center in Dallas, where the heavily favored Stars and underdog Ducks engaged in an epic battle that took over 140 minutes and four overtimes to decide before Anaheim's Petr Sykora scored the game-winner 47 seconds into the fifth overtime, winning the game for the Ducks, 4–3. Dallas goalie Marty Turco saw 54 shots while Anaheim's goalie, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, saw 63. Game 2 saw another game tied after 60 minutes, but this time, Anaheim needed only 1:44 to win the game in the first overtime, 3–2, on a goal by Mike Leclerc. Dallas, much like Detroit in its first-round series against the Ducks, faced a 2–0 deficit headed to Anaheim.

Game three at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim was a must-win for the Stars, and they came through, winning the game, 2–1, getting two clutch goals from Jere Lehtinen. But the Ducks refused to let the Stars back in the series, winning Game four, 1–0, behind a 28-save shutout from Giguere. Not wanting to be eliminated in front of their home fans, a motivated Dallas team captured game five, 4–1. Unfortunately for the Stars, their bid to take the series to a game seven was denied when they were edged in game six, 4–3.

Game-by-game Score DAL goals ANA goals
1 April 24 0:47, 5OT Mighty Ducks 4, at Stars 3 Arnott, Hatcher, Morrow Krog, R. Niedermayer, Rucchin, Sykora
2 April 26 1:44, OT Mighty Ducks 3, at Stars 2 Modano, Morrow Leclerc, Niedermayer, Oates
3 April 28 Stars 2, at Mighty Ducks 1 Lehtinen 2 Rucchin
4 April 30 at Mighty Ducks 1, Stars 0 none (Giguere shutout) Leclerc
5 May 3 at Stars 4, Mighty Ducks 1 Kapanen 2, Barnes, DiMaio Kariya
6 May 5 at Mighty Ducks 4, Stars 3 Kapanen, Morrow, Muller Chistov, Ozolinsh, Salei, Thomas
Mighty Ducks win series 4–2

Conference final[edit]

In game one, Petr Sykora scored at 8:06 into double-overtime in a 1–0 Mighty Ducks victory. It was the Mighty Ducks' second shutout of the playoffs. Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned in a stellar performance in net for Anaheim, stopping all 39 shots he faced. For game two, the Wild played Dwayne Roloson instead of Manny Fernandez in net. As in game one, it was another shutout for Giguere as the Mighty Ducks won the game 2–0. Both goals were short-handed, and Giguere stopped all 24 shots he faced, making him 63-for-63 in the series. In game three, Giguere continued his goal-tending excellence, stopping all 35 shots he faced in a 4–0 Mighty Ducks victory that pushed the Wild to the brink of elimination. Giguere had now stopped the first 98 shots he saw in the series. In game four, The Mighty Ducks won the game 2-1. Both goals came from Adam Oates, and the Mighty Ducks headed to their first Stanley Cup Final. The only good news for the Wild was that they avoided a fourth consecutive shutout, as Andrew Brunette scored the first Minnesota goal of the series. Still, Giguere was 122-for-123 in the series, a robust .992 save percentage.

Game-by-game Score MIN goals ANA goals
1 May 10 8:06, 2OT Mighty Ducks 1, at Wild 0 none (Giguere shutout) Sykora
2 May 12 Mighty Ducks 2, at Wild 0 none (Giguere shutout) R. Niedermayer, Sauer
3 May 14 at Mighty Ducks 4, Wild 0 none (Giguere shutout) Kariya 2, Chistov, Rucchin
4 May 16 at Mighty Ducks 2, Wild 1 Brunette Oates 2
Mighty Ducks win series 4–0

Stanley Cup finals[edit]

Anaheim vs. New Jersey
Date Away Home
May 27 Anaheim 0 3 New Jersey
May 29 Anaheim 0 3 New Jersey
May 31 New Jersey 2 3 Anaheim OT
June 2 New Jersey 0 1 Anaheim OT
June 5 Anaheim 3 6 New Jersey
June 7 New Jersey 2 5 Anaheim
June 9 Anaheim 0 3 New Jersey
New Jersey wins series
4–3 and Stanley Cup
J. S. Giguere (Anaheim)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Schedule and results[edit]

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2002–03 Game log
2002–03 schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Kariya, PaulPaul Kariya 82 25 56 81 48
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora 82 34 25 59 24
Rucchin, SteveSteve Rucchin 82 20 38 58 12
Oates, AdamAdam Oates 67 9 36 45 16
Havelid, NiclasNiclas Havelid 82 11 22 33 30
Chistov, StanislavStanislav Chistov 79 12 18 30 54
Leclerc, MikeMike Leclerc 57 9 19 28 34
Krog, JasonJason Krog 67 10 15 25 12
Carney, KeithKeith Carney 81 4 18 22 65
McDonald, AndyAndy McDonald 46 10 11 21 14
Cullen, MattMatt Cullen 50 7 14 21 12
Kjellberg, PatricPatric Kjellberg 76 8 11 19 16
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh 31 5 13 18 16
Pahlsson, SamuelSamuel Pahlsson 34 4 11 15 18
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas 12 10 3 13 2
Salei, RuslanRuslan Salei 61 4 8 12 78
Trnka, PavelPavel Trnka 24 3 6 9 6
Olausson, FredrikFredrik Olausson 44 2 6 8 22
Vishnevski, VitalyVitaly Vishnevski 80 2 6 8 76
Chouinard, MarcMarc Chouinard 70 3 4 7 40
Smirnov, AlexeiAlexei Smirnov 44 3 2 5 18
Bylsma, DanDan Bylsma 39 1 4 5 12
Niedermayer, RobRob Niedermayer 12 2 2 4 15
Sawyer, KevinKevin Sawyer 31 2 1 3 115
Sauer, KurtKurt Sauer 80 1 2 3 74
Brown, MikeMike Brown 16 1 1 2 44
Valicevic, RobRob Valicevic 10 1 0 1 2
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 22 0 1 1 0
O'Sullivan, ChrisChris O'Sullivan 2 0 1 1 0
Ward, LanceLance Ward 29 0 1 1 43
Giguere, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Giguere 65 0 0 0 8
Hedstrom, JonathanJonathan Hedstrom 4 0 0 0 0
Severson, CamCam Severson 2 0 0 0 8
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Giguere, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Giguere 3775 65 34 22 6 145 2.30 1820 1675 .920 8
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 1203 22 6 11 3 39 1.95 548 509 .929 1
Team: 4978 82 40 33 9 184 2.22 2368 2184 .922 9

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Oates, AdamAdam Oates 21 4 9 13 6
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora 21 4 9 13 12
Kariya, PaulPaul Kariya 21 6 6 12 6
Leclerc, MikeMike Leclerc 21 2 9 11 12
Rucchin, SteveSteve Rucchin 21 7 3 10 2
Niedermayer, RobRob Niedermayer 21 3 7 10 18
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas 21 4 4 8 8
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh 21 2 6 8 10
Chistov, StanislavStanislav Chistov 21 4 2 6 8
Pahlsson, SamuelSamuel Pahlsson 21 2 4 6 12
Salei, RuslanRuslan Salei 21 2 3 5 26
Krog, JasonJason Krog 21 3 1 4 4
Carney, KeithKeith Carney 21 0 4 4 16
Havelid, NiclasNiclas Havelid 21 0 4 4 2
Sauer, KurtKurt Sauer 21 1 1 2 6
Chouinard, MarcMarc Chouinard 15 1 0 1 0
Bylsma, DanDan Bylsma 11 0 1 1 2
Giguere, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Giguere 21 0 1 1 0
Vishnevski, VitalyVitaly Vishnevski 21 0 1 1 6
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 2 0 0 0 0
Kjellberg, PatricPatric Kjellberg 10 0 0 0 0
Olausson, FredrikFredrik Olausson 1 0 0 0 0
Severson, CamCam Severson 1 0 0 0 0
Smirnov, AlexeiAlexei Smirnov 4 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Giguere, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien Giguere 1407 21 15 6 38 1.62 697 659 .945 5
Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber 20 2 0 0 1 3.00 6 5 .833 0
Team: 1427 21 15 6 39 1.64 703 664 .945 5

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Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Player New team

Claimed from waivers[edit]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Draft picks[edit]

The Ducks picks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft in Toronto, Ontario.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 7 Joffrey Lupul Forward  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers
2 37 Tim Brent Forward  Canada Toronto St. Michael's Majors
3 71 Brian Lee Defense  United States Erie Otters
4 103 Joonas Vihko  Finland HIFK

Roster[edit]

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also[edit]

Other Anaheim–based teams in 2002–03[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

  • The Mighty Ducks farm team was the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League.[5] The team finished third in the Central Division with a record of 26-35-13-6.

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