2002–03 Buffalo Sabres season

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2002-03 Buffalo Sabres
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 12th Eastern
2002-03 record 27–37–10
Home record 18–18–5
Road record 9–27–5
Goals for 190
Goals against 219
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Stu Barnes (Oct-Mar)
Vacant (Mar-Apr)
Arena HSBC Arena
Average attendance 13,776
Team leaders
Goals Miroslav Satan (26)
Assists Miroslav Satan (49)
Points Miroslav Satan (75)
Penalties in minutes Eric Boulton (178)
Plus/minus Jochen Hecht and Curtis Brown (4)
Wins Martin Biron (17)
Goals against average Mika Noronen (2.42)

The 2002–03 Buffalo Sabres season was the 33rd season of operation for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] The 72 points accumulated in the regular season was the lowest total for the franchise since the 1986–87 season.

Off-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 1 Ottawa Senators 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
2 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
3 7 Boston Bruins 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
4 10 Montreal Canadiens 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
5 12 Buffalo Sabres 82 27 37 10 8 190 219 72

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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.

Eastern Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 P- Ottawa Senators NE 82 52 21 8 1 263 182 113
2 Y- New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 20 10 6 216 166 108
3 Y- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 36 25 16 5 219 210 93
4 X- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 45 20 13 4 211 166 107
5 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 44 28 7 3 236 208 98
6 X- Washington Capitals SE 82 39 29 8 6 224 220 92
7 X- Boston Bruins NE 82 36 31 11 4 245 237 87
8 X- New York Islanders AT 82 35 34 11 2 224 231 83
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 32 36 10 4 210 231 78
10 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 30 35 8 9 206 234 77
11 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 31 39 7 5 226 284 74
12 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 27 37 10 8 190 219 72
13 Florida Panthers SE 82 24 36 13 9 176 237 70
14 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 27 44 6 5 189 255 65
15 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 22 43 11 6 171 240 61

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

P- Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y- Clinched Division; X- Clinched Playoff spot


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 2002 5–1 New York Islanders (2002–03) 1–0–0–0
2 W October 12, 2002 6–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 2–0–0–0
3 L October 13, 2002 0–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2002–03) 2–1–0–0
4 T October 17, 2002 4–4 OT New York Rangers (2002–03) 2–1–1–0
5 L October 19, 2002 2–3 Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 2–2–1–0
6 W October 22, 2002 2–1 Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 3–2–1–0
7 L October 25, 2002 1–2 New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 3–3–1–0
8 L October 26, 2002 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 3–4–1–0
9 T October 29, 2002 1–1 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 3–4–2–0
10 L October 31, 2002 0–3 @ Calgary Flames (2002–03) 3–5–2–0
11 T November 1, 2002 1–1 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2002–03) 3–5–3–0
12 L November 3, 2002 2–3 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 3–6–3–0
13 L November 7, 2002 0–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 3–7–3–0
14 L November 9, 2002 4–6 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 3–8–3–0
15 L November 12, 2002 3–4 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 3–9–3–0
16 L November 15, 2002 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 3–10–3–0
17 L November 16, 2002 1–4 @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 3–11–3–0
18 OTL November 19, 2002 3–4 OT @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 3–11–3–1
19 W November 22, 2002 5–4 Columbus Blue Jackets (2002–03) 4–11–3–1
20 L November 23, 2002 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 4–12–3–1
21 T November 27, 2002 1–1 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 4–12–4–1
22 L November 29, 2002 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 4–13–4–1
23 L November 30, 2002 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 4–14–4–1
24 W December 4, 2002 4–0 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002–03) 5–14–4–1
25 W December 6, 2002 4–1 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 6–14–4–1
26 W December 7, 2002 4–3 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 7–14–4–1
27 L December 10, 2002 2–4 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 7–15–4–1
28 T December 13, 2002 1–1 OT Chicago Blackhawks (2002–03) 7–15–5–1
29 L December 14, 2002 0–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 7–16–5–1
30 W December 18, 2002 4–2 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 8–16–5–1
31 L December 20, 2002 0–3 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 8–17–5–1
32 L December 21, 2002 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 8–18–5–1
33 L December 23, 2002 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 8–19–5–1
34 L December 26, 2002 2–3 Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 8–20–5–1
35 L December 28, 2002 3–4 Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 8–21–5–1
36 L December 30, 2002 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 8–22–5–1
37 OTL December 31, 2002 0–1 OT New York Islanders (2002–03) 8–22–5–2
38 W January 3, 2003 6–3 Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 9–22–5–2
39 W January 4, 2003 2–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 10–22–5–2
40 L January 7, 2003 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 10–23–5–2
41 W January 10, 2003 4–2 Boston Bruins (2002–03) 11–23–5–2
42 W January 11, 2003 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 12–23–5–2
43 W January 14, 2003 1–0 @ Minnesota Wild (2002–03) 13–23–5–2
44 T January 16, 2003 2–2 OT @ San Jose Sharks (2002–03) 13–23–6–2
45 W January 18, 2003 1–0 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2002–03) 14–23–6–2
46 T January 21, 2003 0–0 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2002–03) 14–23–7–2
47 W January 24, 2003 4–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 15–23–7–2
48 OTL January 25, 2003 3–4 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2002–03) 15–23–7–3
49 L January 27, 2003 1–5 Nashville Predators (2002–03) 15–24–7–3
50 OTL January 30, 2003 1–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 15–24–7–4
51 L February 4, 2003 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 15–25–7–4
52 L February 7, 2003 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (2002–03) 15–26–7–4
53 L February 8, 2003 1–3 @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 15–27–7–4
54 L February 11, 2003 2–3 St. Louis Blues (2002–03) 15–28–7–4
55 L February 13, 2003 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (2002–03) 15–29–7–4
56 W February 15, 2003 5–4 New York Rangers (2002–03) 16–29–7–4
57 OTL February 17, 2003 3–4 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 16–29–7–5
58 W February 19, 2003 2–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 17–29–7–5
59 L February 21, 2003 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (2002–03) 17–30–7–5
60 W February 23, 2003 4–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 18–30–7–5
61 T February 24, 2003 2–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 18–30–8–5
62 L February 26, 2003 2–3 @ Washington Capitals (2002–03) 18–31–8–5
63 W February 28, 2003 5–3 Dallas Stars (2002–03) 19–31–8–5
64 OTL March 1, 2003 1–2 OT @ New York Islanders (2002–03) 19–31–8–6
65 L March 4, 2003 1–2 Washington Capitals (2002–03) 19–32–8–6
66 W March 6, 2003 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 20–32–8–6
67 W March 8, 2003 4–0 @ Florida Panthers (2002–03) 21–32–8–6
68 T March 9, 2003 1–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 21–32–9–6
69 OTL March 12, 2003 2–3 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 21–32–9–7
70 L March 14, 2003 2–4 Tampa Bay Lightning (2002–03) 21–33–9–7
71 L March 15, 2003 3–5 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 21–34–9–7
72 W March 18, 2003 5–2 Philadelphia Flyers (2002–03) 22–34–9–7
73 L March 19, 2003 0–3 @ New York Rangers (2002–03) 22–35–9–7
74 OTL March 22, 2003 2–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2002–03) 22–35–9–8
75 W March 24, 2003 4–3 OT Colorado Avalanche (2002–03) 23–35–9–8
76 W March 26, 2003 2–1 Florida Panthers (2002–03) 24–35–9–8
77 W March 28, 2003 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (2002–03) 25–35–9–8
78 W March 29, 2003 3–1 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2002–03) 26–35–9–8
79 L March 31, 2003 0–3 @ Dallas Stars (2002–03) 26–36–9–8
80 W April 2, 2003 4–3 Atlanta Thrashers (2002–03) 27–36–9–8
81 L April 5, 2003 5–8 @ Boston Bruins (2002–03) 27–37–9–8
82 T April 6, 2003 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (2002–03) 27–37–10–8

Playoffs[edit]

2003 Stanley Cup playoffs
The Sabres failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan LW 79 26 49 75 20 -3 11 1 3
Gratton, ChrisChris Gratton C 66 15 29 44 86 -5 4 0 2
Kotalik, AlesAles Kotalik RW 68 21 14 35 30 -2 4 0 2
Dumont, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Dumont RW 76 14 21 35 44 -14 2 0 2
Barnes, StuStu Barnes C 68 11 21 32 20 -13 2 1 2
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 74 15 16 31 40 4 3 4 4
Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt LW 78 14 14 28 38 -8 2 0 0
Hecht, JochenJochen Hecht LW 49 10 16 26 30 4 2 0 2
Connolly, TimTim Connolly C 80 12 13 25 32 -28 6 0 2
Kalinin, DmitriDmitri Kalinin D 65 8 13 21 57 -7 3 1 0
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 70 3 18 21 85 -5 0 0 1
Campbell, BrianBrian Campbell D 65 2 17 19 20 -8 0 0 1
Mair, AdamAdam Mair C 79 6 11 17 146 -4 0 1 1
Patrick, JamesJames Patrick D 69 4 12 16 26 -3 2 0 1
Tallinder, HenrikHenrik Tallinder D 46 3 10 13 28 -3 1 0 0
Briere, DanielDaniel Briere C 14 7 5 12 12 1 5 0 1
Varada, VaclavVaclav Varada RW 44 7 4 11 23 -2 1 0 0
Afinogenov, MaximMaxim Afinogenov RW 35 5 6 11 21 -12 2 0 2
Warrener, RhettRhett Warrener D 50 0 9 9 63 1 0 0 0
Boulton, EricEric Boulton LW 58 1 5 6 178 1 0 0 0
Botterill, JasonJason Botterill LW 17 1 4 5 14 1 1 0 0
McKee, JayJay McKee D 59 0 5 5 49 -16 0 0 0
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 36 1 3 4 16 -7 0 0 0
Taylor, ChrisChris Taylor C 11 1 3 4 2 -1 0 0 0
Woolley, JasonJason Woolley D 14 0 3 3 29 -1 0 0 0
Hamel, DenisDenis Hamel LW 25 2 0 2 17 -4 0 0 1
Milley, NormNorm Milley RW 8 0 2 2 6 -2 0 0 0
Bartovic, MilanMilan Bartovic RW 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Biron, MartinMartin Biron G 54 0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0
Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hecl, RadoslavRadoslav Hecl D 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Houda, DougDoug Houda D 1 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Janik, DougDoug Janik D 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Kristek, JaroslavJaroslav Kristek RW 6 0 0 0 4 -2 0 0 0
McMorrow, SeanSean McMorrow LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miller, RyanRyan Miller G 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Noronen, MikaMika Noronen G 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 41 0 0 0 92 -5 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Biron, MartinMartin Biron 3170 54 17 28 6 135 2.56 4 1468 1333 .908
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 912 15 6 8 1 40 2.63 1 410 370 .902
Noronen, MikaMika Noronen 891 16 4 9 3 36 2.42 1 411 375 .912
Team: 4973 82 27 45 10 211 2.55 6 2289 2078 .908

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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]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Miroslav Satan[5] NHL Player of the Week December 1–7, 2002
Ales Kotalik NHL Rookie of the Month January 2003

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. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 163. 
  3. ^ "2002–2003 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2002-03 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Awards and Honors". Sabres.nhl.com. NHL.com. Retrieved July 20, 2012.