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2000–01 NHL season

The 2000–01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Colorado Avalanche, who won the best of seven series 4–3 against the New Jersey Devils. The focus of Colorado's Stanley Cup run was on star defenceman Raymond Bourque who was on a quest to win his first Stanley Cup championship in his illustrious 22-year career.

On December 27, 2000, Mario Lemieux, returned from his 3 1/2 year retirement, and, to the joy of many, that night on Hockey Night in Canada Mario registered his first assist 33 seconds into the game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. He went on to add a goal and finish with three points, solidifying his return and bringing a struggling Jaromir Jagr back to his elite status, who went on to win his fourth straight Art Ross Trophy, just passing Joe Sakic. Despite playing in only 43 games in 2000–2001, Lemieux scored 76 points to finish 26th in scoring, finishing the season with the highest points-per-game average that season among NHL players. Lemieux was one of the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson NHLPA awards.

Two more expansion teams were added this season, both placed in the Western Conference, rounding the league to 30 teams: The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild.

The Dallas Stars were playing their final season at the Reunion Arena, before moving to their new home the following season.

The record for most shutouts in a season (set at 160 in 1997–98 and equalled in 1998–99) was eclipsed, as 186 shutouts were recorded.

Vancouver made their first post-season appearance since the 1995–96 season. Their berth was determined by a OT game winner scored by Harold Druken in their last regular season game against the Los Angeles Kings. The Phoenix Coyotes, without Keith Tkachuk who was traded to the St. Louis Blues on trade deadline day, ended up with a tie in their final game thereby eliminating them from playoff contention based on games won, despite ending up with 90 points as Vancouver did.

Regular season

Final standings

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

Eastern Conference

Northeast Division GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Ottawa Senators 82 48 21 9 4 274 205 109
Buffalo Sabres 82 46 30 5 1 218 184 98
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 37 29 11 5 232 207 90
Boston Bruins 82 36 30 8 8 227 249 88
Montreal Canadiens 82 28 40 8 6 206 232 70

Atlantic Division GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
New Jersey Devils 82 48 19 12 3 295 195 111
Philadelphia Flyers 82 43 25 11 3 240 207 100
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 42 28 9 3 281 256 96
New York Rangers 82 33 43 5 1 250 290 72
New York Islanders 82 21 51 7 3 185 268 52

Southeast Division GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Washington Capitals 82 41 27 10 4 233 211 96
Carolina Hurricanes 82 38 32 9 3 212 225 88
Florida Panthers 82 22 38 13 9 200 246 66
Atlanta Thrashers 82 23 45 12 2 211 289 60
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 47 6 5 201 280 59

Western Conference

Central Division GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Detroit Red Wings 82 49 20 9 4 253 202 111
St. Louis Blues 82 43 22 12 5 249 195 103
Nashville Predators 82 34 36 9 3 186 200 80
Chicago Blackhawks 82 29 40 8 5 210 246 71
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 28 39 9 6 190 233 71

Pacific Division GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 82 48 24 8 2 241 187 106
San Jose Sharks 82 40 27 12 3 217 192 95
Los Angeles Kings 82 38 28 13 3 252 228 92
Phoenix Coyotes 82 35 27 17 3 214 212 90
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 25 41 11 5 188 245 66

Northwest Division GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
Colorado Avalanche 82 52 16 10 4 270 192 118
Edmonton Oilers 82 39 28 12 3 243 222 93
Vancouver Canucks 82 36 28 11 7 239 238 90
Calgary Flames 82 27 36 15 4 197 236 73
Minnesota Wild 82 25 39 13 5 168 210 68

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh 81 52 69 121
Joe Sakic Colorado 82 54 64 118
Patrik Elias New Jersey 82 40 56 96
Alexei Kovalev Pittsburgh 79 44 51 95
Jason Allison Boston 82 36 59 95
Martin Straka Pittsburgh 82 27 68 95
Pavel Bure Florida 82 59 33 92
Doug Weight Edmonton 82 25 65 90
Zigmund Palffy Los Angeles 73 38 51 89
Peter Forsberg Colorado 73 27 62 89

Leading goaltenders

Wins: Martin Brodeur (42); Shutouts: Dominik Hasek (11); GAA: Roman Cechmanek (2.01); SV%: Sean Burke (.922)

Stanley Cup playoffs

Playoff bracket

Conference quarterfinals

Eastern Conference

New Jersey vs. Carolina
Date Away Home
April 12 Carolina 1 5 New Jersey
April 15 Carolina 0 2 New Jersey
April 17 New Jersey 4 0 Carolina
April 18 New Jersey 2 3 Carolina OT
April 20 Carolina 3 2 New Jersey
April 22 New Jersey 5 1 Carolina
New Jersey wins series 4–2
Ottawa vs. Toronto
Date Away Home
April 13 Toronto 1 0 Ottawa OT
April 14 Toronto 3 0 Ottawa
April 16 Ottawa 2 3 Toronto OT
April 18 Ottawa 1 3 Toronto
Toronto wins series 4–0
Washington vs. Pittsburgh
Date Away Home
April 12 Pittsburgh 0 1 Washington
April 14 Pittsburgh 2 1 Washington
April 16 Washington 0 3 Pittsburgh
April 18 Washington 4 3 Pittsburgh OT
April 21 Pittsburgh 2 1 Washington
April 23 Washington 3 4 Pittsburgh OT
Pittsburgh wins series 4–2
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home
April 11 Buffalo 2 1 Philadelphia
April 14 Buffalo 4 3 Philadelphia OT
April 16 Philadelphia 3 2 Buffalo
April 17 Philadelphia 3 4 Buffalo OT
April 19 Buffalo 1 3 Philadelphia
April 21 Philadelphia 0 8 Buffalo
Buffalo wins series 4–2

Western Conference

Colorado vs. Vancouver
Date Away Home
April 12 Vancouver 4 5 Colorado
April 14 Vancouver 1 2 Colorado
April 16 Colorado 4 3 Vancouver OT
April 18 Colorado 5 1 Vancouver
Colorado wins series 4–0
Detroit vs. Los Angeles
Date Away Home
April 11 Los Angeles 3 5 Detroit
April 14 Los Angeles 0 4 Detroit
April 15 Detroit 1 2 Los Angeles
April 18 Detroit 3 4 Los Angeles OT
April 21 Los Angeles 3 2 Detroit
April 23 Detroit 2 3 Los Angeles OT
Los Angeles wins series 4–2
Dallas vs. Edmonton
Date Away Home
April 11 Edmonton 1 2 Dallas OT
April 14 Edmonton 4 3 Dallas
April 15 Dallas 3 2 Edmonton OT
April 17 Dallas 1 2 Edmonton OT
April 19 Edmonton 3 4 Dallas OT
April 21 Dallas 3 1 Edmonton
Dallas wins series 4–2
St. Louis vs. San Jose
Date Away Home
April 12 San Jose 1 3 St. Louis
April 14 San Jose 1 0 St. Louis
April 16 St. Louis 6 3 San Jose
April 17 St. Louis 2 3 San Jose
April 19 San Jose 2 3 St. Louis OT
April 21 St. Louis 2 1 San Jose
St. Louis wins series 4–2

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference
New Jersey vs. Toronto
Date Away Home
April 26 Toronto 2 0 New Jersey
April 28 Toronto 5 6 New Jersey OT
May 1 New Jersey 3 2 Toronto OT
May 3 New Jersey 1 3 Toronto
May 5 Toronto 3 2 New Jersey
May 7 New Jersey 4 2 Toronto
May 9 Toronto 1 5 New Jersey
New Jersey wins series 4–3
Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh
Date Away Home
April 26 Pittsburgh 3 0 Buffalo
April 28 Pittsburgh 3 1 Buffalo
April 30 Buffalo 4 1 Pittsburgh
May 2 Buffalo 5 2 Pittsburgh
May 5 Pittsburgh 2 3 Buffalo OT
May 8 Buffalo 2 3 Pittsburgh OT
May 10 Pittsburgh 3 2 Buffalo OT
Pittsburgh wins series 4–3

Western Conference
Colorado vs. Los Angeles
Date Away Home
April 26 Los Angeles 4 3 Colorado OT
April 28 Los Angeles 0 2 Colorado
April 30 Colorado 4 3 Los Angeles
May 2 Colorado 3 0 Los Angeles
May 4 Los Angeles 1 0 Colorado
May 6 Colorado 0 1 Los Angeles 2OT
May 9 Los Angeles 1 5 Colorado
Colorado wins series 4–3
Dallas vs. St. Louis
Date Away Home
April 27 St. Louis 4 2 Dallas
April 29 St. Louis 2 1 Dallas
May 1 Dallas 2 3 St. Louis 2OT
May 3 Dallas 1 4 St. Louis
St. Louis wins series 4–0

Conference finals

Eastern Conference
New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh
Date Away Home
May 12 Pittsburgh 1 3 New Jersey
May 15 Pittsburgh 4 2 New Jersey
May 17 New Jersey 3 0 Pittsburgh
May 19 New Jersey 5 0 Pittsburgh
May 22 Pittsburgh 2 4 New Jersey
New Jersey wins series 4–1
and Prince of Wales Trophy
Western Conference
Colorado vs. St. Louis
Date Away Home
May 12 St. Louis 1 4 Colorado
May 14 St. Louis 2 4 Colorado
May 16 Colorado 3 4 St. Louis 2OT
May 18 Colorado 4 3 St. Louis OT
May 21 St. Louis 1 2 Colorado OT
Colorado wins series 4–1 and
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl

Finals

New Jersey vs. Colorado
Date Away Home
May 26 New Jersey 0 5 Colorado
May 29 New Jersey 2 1 Colorado
May 31 Colorado 3 1 New Jersey
June 2 Colorado 2 3 New Jersey
June 4 New Jersey 4 1 Colorado
June 7 Colorado 4 0 New Jersey
June 9 New Jersey 1 3 Colorado
Colorado wins series
4–3 and Stanley Cup
Patrick Roy (Colorado)
wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A Pts
Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 21 13 13 26
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils 25 9 14 23
Milan Hejduk Colorado Avalanche 23 7 16 23
Petr Sykora New Jersey Devils 25 10 12 22
Alex Tanguay Colorado Avalanche 23 6 15 21
Rob Blake Colorado Avalanche 23 6 13 19
Brian Rafalski New Jersey Devils 25 7 11 18
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins 18 6 11 17
Chris Drury Colorado Avalanche 23 11 5 16
Bobby Holik New Jersey Devils 25 6 10 16
Alexander Mogilny New Jersey Devils 25 5 11 16

NHL Awards

The NHL Awards presentation took place in Toronto.
Presidents' Trophy: Colorado Avalanche
Prince of Wales Trophy: New Jersey Devils
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Colorado Avalanche
Art Ross Memorial Trophy: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Adam Graves, New York Rangers
Calder Memorial Trophy: Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks
Frank J. Selke Trophy: John Madden, New Jersey Devils
Hart Memorial Trophy: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
Jack Adams Award: Bill Barber, Philadelphia Flyers
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Shjon Podein, Colorado Avalanche
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
Lester B. Pearson Award: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy: Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
NHL Plus/Minus Award: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche and Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award: Marty Turco, Dallas Stars
Vezina Trophy: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres G Roman Cechmanek, Philadelphia Flyers
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Rob Blake, L.A./Colorado
Ray Bourque, Colorado Avalanche D Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche C Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins RW Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers
Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils LW Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings

Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 2000–01:

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 2000–01:

See also

References

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