Daniel Alfredsson, RW

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Head Coach

Cory Clouston

Head Coach

Craig Hartsburg

General Manager

Bryan Murray

Season Overview

The 2008-09 season started in historic fashion for the Senators, who played their first regular-season games outside North America, facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Premiere series in Stockholm. The teams split the two games on the trip, which also included the Senators playing an exhibition game against captain Daniel Alfredsson's former club team, the Frolunda Indians, in his hometown of Goteborg. It was a revamped Ottawa team that started the season, with new head coach Craig Hartsburg behind the bench and several newcomers - most notably forward Jarkko Ruutu and defencemen Filip Kuba, Jason Smith and Alex Picard - in the lineup. But the Senators never hit their stride under Hartsburg, posting losing marks in each of the first three months of the season. Finally, on Feb. 2, 2009, with Ottawa's record sitting at 17-24-7 and its playoff hopes all but dead, Hartsburg was fired and replaced by Cory Clouston, the head coach of the AHL's Binghamton Senators. Under Clouston's direction, the Senators produced winning records in each of the final three months of the season, including a stellar 10-5-0 mark in March, to finish 36-35-11. While it wasn't enough to prevent Ottawa from missing the post-season for the first time since 1995-96 - the team's first season at Scotiabank Place (then the Corel Centre) - the strong surge at the end sent the Senators into the off-season optimistic about the season to come.

Season Highlights

Oct. 22, 2008 The Senators set a record for most shots in a period with 26 (third period) in a 7-3 home win against Florida.
Dec. 6, 2008 Jason Spezza tied a team record for most goals in a period when he scored three times in the middle frame in a 3-2 home win against Pittsburgh.
March 5, 2009 The Senators defeated Edmonton 4-2 to begin a nine-game home winning streak.

Division Standings

Boston 82 53 19 10 116
Montreal 82 41 30 11 93
Buffalo 82 41 32 9 91
Ottawa 82 36 35 11 83
Toronto 82 34 35 13 81