2001–02 Buffalo Sabres season

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2001–02 Buffalo Sabres
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 10th Eastern
2001–02 record 35–35–11
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Stu Barnes
Arena HSBC Arena
Team leaders
Goals Miroslav Satan (37)
Assists Miroslav Satan (36)
Points Miroslav Satan (73)
Penalties in minutes Rob Ray (200)
Wins Martin Biron (31)
Goals against average Martin Biron (2.22)

The 2001-02 Buffalo Sabres season was the 32nd for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] The Sabres finished in 5th place in the Northeast Division and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 6 seasons. On October 7, 2001 the Sabres played the New York Rangers in the first pro sports game played in Manhattan after the September 11 attacks. In the game both teams wore special one time jerseys with "New York" written diagonally on the front of the jersey. The jerseys were later auctioned off to raise money for the 9/11 victims fund. The Sabres lost the game 5-4 in overtime.[2]

Offseason[edit]

The Sabres traded both of their stars, Mike Peca, their former captain and Dominik Hasek in the offseason. Peca was sent to the Islanders for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt. Forward Stu Barnes, was named team captain.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Boston Bruins 82 43 24 6 9 236 201 101
2 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 43 25 10 4 249 207 100
3 7 Ottawa Senators 82 39 27 9 7 243 208 94
4 8 Montreal Canadiens 82 36 31 12 3 207 209 87
5 10 Buffalo Sabres 82 35 35 11 1 213 200 82

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Buffalo Sabres finished in 5th place in the Northeast Division and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan LW 82 37 36 73 33 14 15 5 5
Barnes, StuStu Barnes C 68 17 31 48 26 6 5 0 4
Connolly, TimTim Connolly C 82 10 35 45 34 4 3 0 3
Dumont, J.P.J.P. Dumont RW 76 23 21 44 42 -10 7 0 3
Afinogenov, MaximMaxim Afinogenov RW 81 21 19 40 69 -9 3 1 0
Gratton, ChrisChris Gratton C 82 15 24 39 75 0 1 0 5
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 82 20 17 37 32 -4 4 1 5
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 82 1 33 34 80 -1 1 0 0
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 59 8 20 28 34 -6 6 0 2
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 76 7 16 23 82 -7 1 0 1
Kozlov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Kozlov LW 38 9 13 22 16 0 3 0 1
Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt LW 48 10 10 20 35 4 0 0 0
Rasmussen, ErikErik Rasmussen LW/C 69 8 11 19 34 -1 0 0 2
Patrick, JamesJames Patrick D 56 5 8 13 16 3 1 0 0
Kalinin, DmitriDmitri Kalinin D 58 2 11 13 26 -6 0 0 0
McKee, JayJay McKee D 81 2 11 13 43 18 0 0 1
Warrener, RhettRhett Warrener D 65 5 5 10 113 15 0 0 1
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 60 3 6 9 22 -9 0 0 1
Hamel, DenisDenis Hamel LW 61 2 6 8 28 -1 0 0 0
Campbell, BrianBrian Campbell D 29 3 3 6 12 0 0 0 0
Boulton, EricEric Boulton LW 35 2 3 5 129 -1 0 0 1
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 71 2 3 5 200 -3 0 0 0
Kotalik, AlesAles Kotalik RW 13 1 3 4 2 -1 0 0 0
Biron, MartinMartin Biron G 72 0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0
Corkum, BobBob Corkum C 10 0 1 1 4 -2 0 0 0
Milley, NormNorm Milley RW 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Essensa, BobBob Essensa G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 5 0 0 0 4 -2 0 0 0
Noronen, MikaMika Noronen G 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Tallinder, HenrikHenrik Tallinder D 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Biron, MartinMartin Biron 4085 72 31 28 10 151 2.22 4 1781 1630 .915
Noronen, MikaMika Noronen 518 10 4 3 1 23 2.66 0 217 194 .894
Essensa, BobBob Essensa 350 9 0 5 0 17 2.91 0 113 96 .850
Team: 4953 82 35 36 11 191 2.31 4 2111 1920 .910

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  2. ^ http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/sabres-nhl/article552579.ece | 9/11/01: Sabres' visit to Ground Zero was overwhelming
  3. ^ "2001–2002 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2001-02 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12.