Daniel Alfredsson, RW

78 37 34 71

Head Coach

Jacques Martin

Head Coach

Roger Neilson

General Manager

Marshall Johnston

Season Overview

The Senators made big news at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, dealing away Alexei Yashin - the first draft pick in modern-franchise history - to the New York Islanders for defenceman Zdeno Chara, forward Bill Muckalt and the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, who turned out to be centre Jason Spezza. On the heels of an early-season seven-game winning streak, the Senators earned a third-place finish in the Northeast Division behind the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. Captain Daniel Alfredsson produced a team-high 37 goals and 71 points, while rookie Chris Neil announced his arrival to the NHL by racking up 231 penalty minutes. Lightly regarded heading into the playoffs, Ottawa stunned the Philadelphia Flyers in a five-game first-round upset, as goaltender Patrick Lalime recorded three straight 3-0 shutouts. In all, Lalime only allowed two goals in the series. Then it was on to a second-round matchup with the provincial-rival Toronto Maple Leafs, who'd sidelined the Senators in the previous two seasons. When Ottawa returned to the Corel Centre with a 3-2 series lead after Alfredsson notched the Game 5 winner in Toronto, it seemed redemption was at hand. But the Leafs survived 4-3 and blanked the Senators 3-0 in Game 7; they'd frustrated Ottawa and its fans one more time.

Season Highlights

Nov. 13, 2001 The Senators' set records for most goals (11), assists (20) and points (31) in a game en route to an 11-5 drubbing at Washington. Daniel Alfredsson scored three times, recording his fourth career hat trick as a Senator. Marian Hossa earned five points on the night - including two goals and three assists - and defenceman Karel Rachunek picked up four assists.
Dec. 20, 2001 André Roy's six penalties in a 4-2 loss to Los Angeles re-wrote the club's record book for the most in a period and tied the record for most in a game.
April 11 and 13, 2002 The Senators appointed assistant coach Roger Neilson as head coach of the club's final two games at the Corel Centre. These games were Neilson's 999th and 1,000th game as an NHL head coach. He is only the ninth person to reach the milestone in NHL history. Ottawa blanked Boston 4-0 in the first match and lost 5-2 to Toronto in the second.
April 24, 2002 In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final, Patrick Lalime recorded his third shutout in a row, giving the Senators a 3-1 series lead over the Flyers. Lalime became only the fifth goalie in post-season history to record three consecutive shutouts. The Senators went on to win the series 4-1, with Lalime allowing only two goals.
April 26, 2002 In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final in Philadelphia, Ottawa triumphed 2-1 after Martin Havlat scored at 7:33 of overtime to take the best-of-seven quarterfinals series 4-1. The series win was Ottawa's second in franchise history.

Division Standings

Boston 82 43 24 6 9 101
Toronto 82 43 25 10 4 100
Ottawa 82 39 27 9 7 94
Montreal 82 36 31 12 3 87
Buffalo 82 35 35 11 1 82