Daniel Alfredsson, RW

77 43 60 103

Head Coach

Jacques Martin

General Manager

John Muckler

Season Overview

In an event filled off-season, Eugene Melnyk purchased the Senators and the Corel Centre out of bankruptcy, Marshall Johnston resigned as general manager and was replaced by John Muckler, and beloved assistant coach Roger Neilson lost his fight with cancer on June 21, 2003, the opening day of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. With all that as a backdrop, the Senators entered the 2003-04 season hopeful they could take their huge successes of the previous campaign to the next level. While Ottawa amassed 102 points, it was only good for third place in the hotly-contested Northeast Division behind the Boston Bruins (104) and Toronto Maple Leafs (103). For the first time, Marian Hossa led the Senators in team scoring with 82 points, which ranked him sixth in the NHL. Perhaps the most memorable night of the season came on March 5, 2004, in Philadelphia, when the Senators and Flyers combined for a league-record 419 penalty minutes in a brawl-filled affair at the Wachovia Center. Only 13 players were left on the team benches combined by the game's end. The playoffs began with the Senators facing a most familiar foe: the arch-rival Leafs, for the fourth time in five seasons. While the Senators took the opener 5-2 in Toronto, it came down to a seventh game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, with the Leafs prevailing 4-1 in the deciding game. The result cost head coach Jacques Martin his job after eight seasons behind the Ottawa bench. He was replaced by Bryan Murray, a native of nearby Shawville, Que.

Season Highlights

Nov. 25, 2003 After giving up a 3-0 lead to Atlanta, Ottawa's scorers bounced back with six goals en route to a 6-3 win. The comeback came exactly three years after a nearly identical comeback win by the Senators in Atlanta.
Dec. 18, 2003 The Senators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 to begin a record 12-game home undefeated streak, going 10-0-2.
Dec. 26, 2003 The Senators limited the Leafs to 11 shots on goal to tie the team record.
March 5, 2004 The Senators re-wrote their record books for penalties in this 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. Their 32 penalties stood as most in a game, while their 29 in the third were most in a period. More records were set when they were given 200 minutes in the third for a total of 206 in the game. Jason Spezza's 35 minutes in the third period stood for most penalty minutes by a player in both a game and a period.
April 18, 2004 Mike Fisher scored at 1:47 of overtime for a 2-1 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final over visiting Toronto, forcing a Game 7 in the Battle of Ontario.

Division Standings

Boston 82 41 19 15 7 104
Toronto 82 45 24 10 23 103
Ottawa 82 43 23 10 6 102
Montreal 82 41 30 7 4 93
Buffalo 82 37 34 7 4 85