2003–04 Buffalo Sabres season

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2003-04 Buffalo Sabres
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 9th Eastern
2003-04 record 37–34–7
Home record 21-16-4
Road record 16-21-3
Goals for 220
Goals against 221
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Rotating
Miroslav Satan (Oct)
Chris Drury (Nov)
James Patrick (Dec)
Jean-Pierre Dumont (Jan)
Daniel Briere (Feb)
Chris Drury (Mar-Apr)
Arena First Niagara Center
Average attendance 15,289
Team leaders
Goals Miroslav Satan (29)
Assists Daniel Briere and Jochen Hecht (37)
Points Daniel Briere
Penalties in minutes Andrew Peters (151)
Plus/minus Jochen Hecht
Wins Martin Biron (26)
Goals against average Martin Biron (2.52)

The 2003–04 Buffalo Sabres season was the 34th season of operation for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On March 17, 2004, Derek Roy scored just 15 seconds into the overtime period to give the Sabres a 4–3 road win over the Atlanta Thrashers.[2] Roy tied the Blackhawks' Mark Bell, who had also scored 15 seconds into the overtime period in Chicago's 4–3 home win over the Detroit Red Wings on December 11, 2003.[3] Both goals would end up being the fastest overtime goals scored during the 2003-04 NHL regular season.[4]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division[5]
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Boston Bruins 82 41 19 15 7 209 188 104
2 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 24 10 3 242 204 103
3 5 Ottawa Senators 82 43 23 10 6 262 189 102
4 7 Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 7 4 208 192 93
5 9 Buffalo Sabres 82 37 34 7 4 220 221 85

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[6]
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 Z- Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 22 8 6 245 192 106
2 Y- Boston Bruins NE 82 41 19 15 7 209 188 104
3 Y- Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 40 21 15 6 209 188 101
4 X- Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 45 24 10 3 242 204 103
5 X- Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 23 10 6 262 189 102
6 X- New Jersey Devils AT 82 43 25 12 2 213 164 100
7 X- Montreal Canadiens NE 82 41 30 7 4 208 192 93
8 X- New York Islanders AT 82 38 29 11 4 237 210 91
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 37 34 7 4 220 221 85
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 33 37 8 4 214 243 78
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 28 34 14 6 172 209 76
12 Florida Panthers SE 82 28 35 15 4 188 221 75
13 New York Rangers AT 82 27 40 7 8 206 250 69
14 Washington Capitals SE 82 23 46 10 3 186 253 59
15 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 23 47 8 4 190 303 58

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 9, 2003 0–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 0–1–0–0
2 L October 11, 2003 0–6 New York Islanders (2003–04) 0–2–0–0
3 W October 13, 2003 4–3 Dallas Stars (2003–04) 1–2–0–0
4 L October 16, 2003 1–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 1–3–0–0
5 W October 18, 2003 2–0 @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 2–3–0–0
6 L October 20, 2003 1–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (2003–04) 2–4–0–0
7 W October 23, 2003 5–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 3–4–0–0
8 W October 24, 2003 5–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 4–4–0–0
9 W October 26, 2003 3–1 @ Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 5–4–0–0
10 L October 28, 2003 1–3 Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 5–5–0–0
11 W October 30, 2003 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 6–5–0–0
12 T November 1, 2003 1–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 6–5–1–0
13 L November 5, 2003 4–7 Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 6–6–1–0
14 W November 7, 2003 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 7–6–1–0
15 L November 8, 2003 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 7–7–1–0
16 T November 12, 2003 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 7–7–2–0
17 OTL November 14, 2003 1–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 7–7–2–1
18 W November 17, 2003 2–1 @ Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 8–7–2–1
19 L November 19, 2003 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 8–8–2–1
20 W November 21, 2003 5–0 Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 9–8–2–1
21 L November 22, 2003 1–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 9–9–2–1
22 L November 24, 2003 1–2 @ Florida Panthers (2003–04) 9–10–2–1
23 W November 26, 2003 5–2 Washington Capitals (2003–04) 10–10–2–1
24 W November 28, 2003 4–3 Florida Panthers (2003–04) 11–10–2–1
25 L November 29, 2003 1–4 @ Nashville Predators (2003–04) 11–11–2–1
26 W December 3, 2003 3–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 12–11–2–1
27 L December 4, 2003 2–3 Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 12–12–2–1
28 L December 6, 2003 1–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 12–13–2–1
29 L December 10, 2003 2–7 Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 12–14–2–1
30 L December 12, 2003 1–3 New York Rangers (2003–04) 12–15–2–1
31 L December 13, 2003 2–3 @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 12–16–2–1
32 L December 16, 2003 1–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 12–17–2–1
33 L December 19, 2003 2–5 New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 12–18–2–1
34 T December 23, 2003 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 12–18–3–1
35 W December 26, 2003 3–1 Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 13–18–3–1
36 W December 27, 2003 3–1 @ Washington Capitals (2003–04) 14–18–3–1
37 L December 29, 2003 1–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 14–19–3–1
38 W December 31, 2003 7–1 Washington Capitals (2003–04) 15–19–3–1
39 W January 2, 2004 5–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 16–19–3–1
40 T January 3, 2004 3–3 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 16–19–4–1
41 L January 6, 2004 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 16–20–4–1
42 T January 7, 2004 1–1 OT Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 16–20–5–1
43 W January 9, 2004 3–2 Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 17–20–5–1
44 L January 12, 2004 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 17–21–5–1
45 W January 13, 2004 6–2 Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 18–21–5–1
46 L January 15, 2004 0–1 Boston Bruins (2003–04) 18–22–5–1
47 L January 17, 2004 2–4 @ New York Islanders (2003–04) 18–23–5–1
48 L January 20, 2004 1–4 @ Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 18–24–5–1
49 W January 22, 2004 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 19–24–5–1
50 L January 24, 2004 1–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 19–25–5–1
51 W January 25, 2004 4–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 20–25–5–1
52 W January 27, 2004 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 21–25–5–1
53 W January 30, 2004 3–1 @ New York Rangers (2003–04) 22–25–5–1
54 W January 31, 2004 3–1 New York Rangers (2003–04) 23–25–5–1
55 L February 5, 2004 2–6 Boston Bruins (2003–04) 23–26–5–1
56 W February 10, 2004 2–1 San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 24–26–5–1
57 W February 13, 2004 8–3 Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 25–26–5–1
58 W February 14, 2004 6–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 26–26–5–1
59 W February 16, 2004 7–2 Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 27–26–5–1
60 T February 18, 2004 1–1 OT Florida Panthers (2003–04) 27–26–6–1
61 W February 20, 2004 4–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 28–26–6–1
62 L February 21, 2004 1–4 @ New York Islanders (2003–04) 28–27–6–1
63 L February 25, 2004 2–8 @ New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 28–28–6–1
64 L February 27, 2004 2–4 New York Islanders (2003–04) 28–29–6–1
65 L February 28, 2004 1–7 @ Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 28–30–6–1
66 W March 3, 2004 4–3 Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 29–30–6–1
67 W March 6, 2004 5–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 30–30–6–1
68 L March 7, 2004 1–5 St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 30–31–6–1
69 W March 10, 2004 6–0 @ Washington Capitals (2003–04) 31–31–6–1
70 OTL March 11, 2004 2–3 OT Boston Bruins (2003–04) 31–31–6–2
71 OTL March 13, 2004 2–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 31–31–6–3
72 OTL March 15, 2004 5–6 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 31–31–6–4
73 W March 17, 2004 4–3 OT @ Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 32–31–6–4
74 L March 18, 2004 1–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 32–32–6–4
75 W March 20, 2004 2–1 @ Florida Panthers (2003–04) 33–32–6–4
76 W March 24, 2004 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 34–32–6–4
77 W March 26, 2004 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 35–32–6–4
78 T March 27, 2004 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 35–32–7–4
79 W March 29, 2004 6–0 Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 36–32–7–4
80 W March 31, 2004 4–3 @ New York Rangers (2003–04) 37–32–7–4
81 L April 2, 2004 0–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 37–33–7–4
82 L April 3, 2004 3–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 37–34–7–4

Playoffs[edit]

The Sabres failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Briere, DanielDaniel Briere C 82 28 37 65 70 -7 11 0 3
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan LW 82 29 28 57 30 -15 11 1 5
Dumont, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Dumont RW 77 22 31 53 40 -9 10 0 1
Drury, ChrisChris Drury C 76 18 35 53 68 8 5 1 2
Hecht, JochenJochen Hecht LW 64 15 37 52 49 17 2 1 0
Kalinin, DmitriDmitri Kalinin D 77 10 24 34 42 0 2 1 4
Afinogenov, MaximMaxim Afinogenov RW 73 17 14 31 57 -4 3 0 4
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 68 4 24 28 102 -13 2 0 0
Kotalik, AlesAles Kotalik RW 62 15 11 26 41 -1 2 0 3
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 68 9 12 21 30 2 2 1 2
Pyatt, TaylorTaylor Pyatt LW 63 8 12 20 25 -7 1 2 4
Mair, AdamAdam Mair C 81 6 14 20 146 -3 1 0 1
Roy, DerekDerek Roy C 49 9 10 19 12 -8 1 0 4
Taylor, ChrisChris Taylor C 54 6 6 12 22 -2 0 0 0
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 60 4 7 11 44 -5 2 0 2
Patrick, JamesJames Patrick D 55 4 7 11 12 11 0 0 1
Campbell, BrianBrian Campbell D 53 3 8 11 12 -8 0 0 0
Tallinder, HenrikHenrik Tallinder D 72 1 9 10 26 5 0 0 0
Bartovic, MilanMilan Bartovic RW 23 1 8 9 18 1 0 0 0
Grier, MikeMike Grier RW 14 1 8 9 4 10 0 0 0
Delmore, AndyAndy Delmore D 37 2 5 7 29 -5 2 0 0
McKee, JayJay McKee D 43 2 3 5 41 6 0 0 1
Botterill, JasonJason Botterill LW 19 2 1 3 14 0 1 0 0
Boulton, EricEric Boulton LW 44 1 2 3 110 -2 0 0 0
Jillson, JeffJeff Jillson D 14 0 3 3 19 -3 0 0 0
Peters, AndrewAndrew Peters LW 42 2 0 2 151 -3 0 0 0
Biron, MartinMartin Biron G 52 0 2 2 10 0 0 0 0
Brown, BradBrad Brown D 13 0 2 2 12 3 0 0 0
Noronen, MikaMika Noronen G 35 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Janik, DougDoug Janik D 4 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0
Miller, RyanRyan Miller G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Milley, NormNorm Milley RW 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Pittis, DomenicDomenic Pittis C 4 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Pominville, JasonJason Pominville RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Biron, MartinMartin Biron 2972 52 26 18 5 125 2.52 2 1442 1317 .913
Noronen, MikaMika Noronen 1796 35 11 17 2 77 2.57 2 821 744 .906
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 178 3 0 3 0 15 5.06 0 73 58 .795
Team: 4946 82 37 38 7 217 2.63 4 2336 2119 .907

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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
Martin Biron[8] NHL Defensive Player of the Week October 20–26, 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. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2004/mar/18/sports/sp-nhl18
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2003/dec/12/sports/sp-nhl12
  4. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2004_games.html
  5. ^ "2003-2004 Division Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2003–2004 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2003-04 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Awards and Honors". Sabres.nhl.com. NHL.com. Retrieved July 20, 2012.