Alexei Yashin, C

82 44 50 94

Head Coach

Jacques Martin

General Manager

Richard C. Dudley

Season Overview

The name of the game is defence. For the fifth season in a row, the team's goals-against mark continued to drop. With an average of 2.18 goals allowed – down from a high of 4.73 in 1993-94 – the club's goals-for (239) eclipsed its goals-against (179) for the first time. Finishing as the Northeast Division champions, the Senators recorded 40-plus wins (44) and 100-plus points (103) for the first time in franchise history. Rick Dudley took over for general manager Pierre Gauthier, who headed to Anaheim. Alexei Yashin was nominated for the Hart Trophy and Marian Hossa for the Calder as the NHL's top rookie. Jacques Martin took home the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

Season Highlights

Oct. 17, 1998 Andreas Johansson registered nine shots on goal, seven of which came in the first, to tie a club record for most shots on goal in one period by a player. Ottawa defeated visiting Nashville 3-1.
Dec. 18, 1998 Alexei Yashin was in on all of the Senators goals in their 5-1 victory over visiting Carolina. He scored twice and assisted on the other three. The five points were a career high and the four points (1-3) that came in the second period tied a team record.
Jan. 2, 1999 Damian Rhodes became the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal in a 6-0 shutout victory. With Ottawa leading the visiting Devils 1-0, Rhodes was the last Senator to touch the puck before the Devils inadvertently shot it into their own net during a delayed penalty. Rhodes also made 30 saves to seal the victory.
Jan. 14, 1999 Alexei Yashin set a team record with a 10-game point streak.
Jan.30, 1999 Jason York broke the record for most shots in a game with 12 in the Senators' 9-2 victory over the visiting New York Islanders.
March 8, 1999 Ottawa scored their fastest six goals (15:50) in a 9-3 home romp over Tampa Bay. Magnus Arvedson recorded a hat trick and assisted on another.
April 12, 1999 The Senators allowed a record-setting 11 shots on goal in a 2-0 home loss to Florida.
April 15, 1999 Wayne Gretzky played his final career game in Canada as a member of the New York Rangers against the Senators; the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Play was delayed for several minutes in the third period while Ottawa fans delivered a standing ovation for The Great One. Gretzky was named the game's only star.

Division Standings

Ottawa 82 44 23 15 103
Toronto 82 45 30 7 97
Boston 82 39 30 13 91
Buffalo 82 37 28 17 91
Montreal 82 32 39 11 75