Daniel Alfredsson, RW

78 27 51 78

Head Coach

Jacques Martin

General Manager

John Muckler

Season Overview

It was the season Ottawa hockey fans had long been waiting for, the season when the Senators fulfilled much of the promise that had long been predicted for them. With a magnificent campaign that produced a 52-21-8-1 record and 113 points - both all-time team highs - the Senators became the first Canadian team to capture the Presidents' Trophy as NHL regular-season champs since the 1988-89 Calgary Flames. Marian Hossa chalked up a team-high 80 points, including a Senators record 45 goals, eclipsing the former standard held by Alexei Yashin. As fate would have it, Ottawa faced Yashin and the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs. An opening 3-0 loss on home ice gave Senators fans an early case of the jitters, but they were rubbed out quickly as Ottawa ran off four straight wins to take the series. The roll continued in Round 2, as the Senators and goaltender Patrick Lalime limited the Philadelphia Flyers to just 10 goals in a six-game triumph that sent Ottawa to the first Eastern Conference final in its history. Shaun Van Allen's overtime goal allowed the Senators to take the opener against the New Jersey Devils, but Ottawa then fell into a 3-1 series hole. Rookie Jason Spezza rescued the Senators with a two-point performance in his Stanley Cup playoff debut, and he was named the first star of Game 5. The series shifted back to New Jersey, where Chris Phillips' dramatic overtime goal forced the series to a seventh and deciding game. That one appeared headed to an extra period, too, but Jeff Friesen's goal in the dying minutes allowed the Devils to take home a 3-2 victory, dashing the Stanley Cup dreams of the Senators and their fans in heartbreaking fashion.

Season Highlights

Jan. 2, 2003 Marian Hossa tied the club record for fastest three goals by one player - scoring at 4:58, 8:34 and 12:03 in the first - in an 8-1 rout over Atlanta. The three markers also tied a Senators record for most goals in a period. Hossa went on to score again in the second, becoming the first Senator to record a four-goal game. This was the third time this season that Hossa would score three or more goals.
Jan. 8, 2003 The Senators began a record-setting shutout streak of 244:47 after Vancouver scored its sixth goal to defeat the Senators 6-4 at GM Place. The streak ended at 14:19 of the third period on Jan. 16.
March 18, 2003 The Senators defeated Carolina 6-5 to begin a six-game road-winning streak and to set a club record. The streak ended on April 5, 2003.
April 25, 2003 After trailing 2-0, the Senators came back to defeat visiting Philadelphia 4-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. It was the first time in Senators playoff history that the team rebounded from a 2-0 deficit. Ottawa would go on to win the series 4-2, for their second win in franchise history.
May 10, 2003 In their first appearance in an Eastern Conference final game, the Senators won Game 1 in dramatic fashion, with Shaun Van Allen scoring at 3:08 of overtime to defeat visiting New Jersey 3-2 at the Corel Centre.
May 21, 2003 In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final in New Jersey, Phillips scored at 15:51 of overtime to force a Game 7.

Division Standings

Ottawa 82 52 21 8 1 113
Toronto 82 44 28 7 3 98
Boston 82 36 31 11 4 87
Montreal 82 30 35 8 9 77
Buffalo 82 27 37 10 8 72