1998–99 Buffalo Sabres season

1998–99 Buffalo Sabres season

During the Buffalo Sabres 1998–99 season, Miroslav Satan scored 40 goals. The Sabres would add centers Stu Barnes from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Joe Juneau from the Capitals. Michal Grosek had the best season of his career, and the team finally returned to the Stanley Cup Finals, this time against the Dallas Stars.

Offseason

NHL Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 18 Dmitri Kalinin (D) Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia)
2 34 Andrew Peters (LW) Oshawa Generals (OHL)
2 50 Jaroslav Kristek (RW) HC Zlin (Extraliga)
3 77 Mike Pandolfo (RW) St. Sebastian's (USHS)
5 137 Aaron Goldade (LW) Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
6 164 Aleš Kotalík (RW) HC Ceske Budejovice
7 191 Brad Moran (LW) Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
8 218 David Moravec (LW) -
9 249 Edo Terglav (RW) Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

Regular season

Season standings

Northeast Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Ottawa Senators 82 44 23 15 103 239 179 892
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 30 7 97 268 231 1095
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 91 214 181 1182
Buffalo Sabres 82 37 28 17 91 207 175 1561
Montreal Canadiens 82 32 39 11 75 184 209 1299

Player stats

Forwards

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points
Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Miroslav Satan 81 40 26 66 44
Michael Peca 82 27 29 56 81
Michal Grosek 76 20 30 50 102
Curtis Brown 78 16 31 47 56
Dixon Ward 78 20 24 44 44
Brian Holzinger 81 17 17 34 45
Vaclav Varada 72 7 24 31 61
Geoff Sanderson 75 12 18 30 22
Matthew Barnaby* 44 4 14 18 143
Derek Plante* 41 4 11 15 12
Wayne Primeau 67 5 8 13 38
Erik Rasmussen 42 3 7 10 37
Rob Ray 76 0 4 4 261
Stu Barnes* 17 0 4 4 10
Randy Cunneyworth 14 2 2 4 0
Paul Kruse 43 3 0 3 114
Joe Juneau* 9 1 1 2 2
Dean Sylvester 1 0 0 0 0
Domenic Pittis 3 0 0 0 2
* - player was traded during season; stats only include games played with Buffalo

Defencemen

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points
Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Jason Woolley 80 10 33 43 62
Alexei Zhitnik 81 7 26 33 96
Darryl Shannon 71 3 12 15 52
Richard Smehlik 72 3 11 14 44
James Patrick 45 1 7 8 16
Jay McKee 72 0 6 6 75
Mike Wilson* 30 1 2 3 47
Rhett Warrener* 13 1 0 1 20
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre 16 0 1 1 17
Mike Hurlbut 1 0 0 0 0
Jason Holland 3 0 0 0 8
Cory Sarich 4 0 0 0 0
Rumun Ndur* 8 0 0 0 16
* - player was traded during season; stats only include games played with Buffalo

Goaltending

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against
Player GP W L T SO GAA
Dominik Hasek 64 30 18 14 9 1.87
Dwayne Roloson 18 6 8 2 1 2.77
Martin Biron 6 1 2 1 0 2.14

Playoffs

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Ottawa (2) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 21 Buffalo Ottawa 2 – 1
April 23 Buffalo Ottawa 2OT 3 – 2
April 25 Ottawa Buffalo 3 – 0
April 27 Ottawa Buffalo 4 – 3
Buffalo wins series 4–0

Eastern Conference Semi-finals

Boston (6) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home Score
May 6 Buffalo 2 Boston 4 4 – 2
May 9 Buffalo 3 1 Boston 3 – 1
May 12 Boston 2 3 Buffalo 3 – 2
May 14 Boston 0 3 Buffalo 3 – 0
May 16 Buffalo 3 Boston 5 5 – 3
May 18 Boston 2 3 Buffalo 3 – 2
Buffalo wins series 4–2

Eastern Conference Finals

Toronto (4) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home Score
May 23 Buffalo Toronto 5 – 4
May 25 Buffalo Toronto 6 – 3
May 27 Toronto Buffalo 4 – 2
May 29 Toronto Buffalo 5 – 2
May 31 Buffalo Toronto 4 – 2
Buffalo wins series 4–1 and Prince of Wales Trophy

Stanley Cup Finals

Dallas (1) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home
June 8 Buffalo 3 2 Dallas OT
June 10 Buffalo 2 4 Dallas
June 12 Dallas 2 1 Buffalo
June 15 Dallas 1 2 Buffalo
June 17 Buffalo 0 2 Dallas
June 19 Dallas 2 1 Buffalo 3OT
Dallas wins series 4—2 and the Stanley Cup
Joe Nieuwendyk (Dallas) wins Conn Smythe Trophy

"No Goal!"

In the sixth game, Dallas Stars winger Brett Hull's triple-overtime goal — as Hull's skate was visibly in Hasek's crease — ended the series, and the Stars were awarded the Cup. In 1999, it was illegal to score a goal if an offensive player's skate entered the crease before the puck did. At the time, even Dallas Morning News hockey writer Keith Gave questioned the legality of the goal. NHL officials, however, maintained that Hull's two shots in the goal mouth constituted a single possession of the puck since the puck deflected off Hasek, and their ruling stood, citing that they "were going to change the rule the following year anyway." It is widely speculated that, by the time the Sabres mentioned the foul, the red carpet had already been unrolled at center ice, and the officials refused to acknowledge the non-call. ESPN's "Page2" staff has ranked the call as the fifth worst officiating call in sports history. Conversely, Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun wrote "There should have been no controversy whatsoever. When Hull first kicked the rebound on to his stick, he had neither foot in the crease. At the instant he kicked the puck, he became in control of it. It was only in the follow-through of that kick that his left foot moved into the crease. Buffalo sports fans, who have suffered through some of the biggest misfortunes in sports history (such as "Wide Right" and "Music City Miracle"), refer to the game as "No Goal," a phrase still used in western New York to this day, even having bumper stickers saying the phrase. The rule was changed for the following season, allowing players to be inside the goaltender's crease as long as they do not interfere with the goalie.

Awards and records

NHL All-Star Game

  • Dominik Hasek, World Team

References

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