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Club History - 1995-96

The 1995-96 season was the Ottawa Senators best season in team history. The Club recorded a total of 41 points (18-59-5) and a .250 winning percentage, setting club records for wins and points in a season.

The Senators had their best start ever with a 6-5 record in the first 11 games of the season. October 1995 was the Senators best month in team history (5-5). After recording only 5 points in November and December, things changes dramatically with the hiring of Jacques Martin as the Senators Head Coach on January 24, 1996, and the acquisition of goaltender Damian Rhodes in a 3-way deal one day earlier.

The Senators were on a 9-game losing streak when Jacques Martin and Damian Rhodes joined the team. The Club posted a 3-7-2 record in the following 12 games, allowing only 35 goals during that period (2.92). On February 20 in St. Louis, the Senators recorded the most decisive victory in team history, a 7-1 decision over the Blues. Damian Rhodes and the Sens tied a club record 3-game winning streak, including back-to-back shutouts from March 13-17, allowing only one goal and shutting out the opponents for more than 120 minutes.

The Senators posted a 10-24-4 record (.316) in 38 games under Jacques Martin, with 23 of the games being one-or-two-goal games (61%). The Club's powerplay was improved from 11.4% to 12.3% (13.5% under Jacques Martin), and the penalty killing from 74.4% to 77.9% (82% under Jacques Martin). The Club's goals against average went from 4.09 to 3.53 (2.92 under Jacques Martin), and the goals for average, from 2.27 to 2.33 (2.39 with Martin).

The Senators ended the season playing .500 hockey with a 3-3-1 record in the last seven games, allowing only 21 goals (3.00). The club posted a 3-6-1 record in its last 10 games (.350), 6-9-2 in its last 17 games (.412).

The Senators concluded their fourth NHL season by eliminating the 1995 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils from a participation in the 1996 playoffs with a tremendous 5-2 victory on April 13, in New Jersey.

AT HOME

The Senators concluded the season with a 5-5-2 record (.500) and a 2.17 goals against average in the last 12 home games ... The Senators had a 2-12-1 home record (.167) when they moved into the Corel Centre on January 17 ... They posted a 6-16-4 record (.308) in 26 games in the new building, 2-4-1 in the last seven games (.357).

ON THE ROAD

The Senators set club records for wins (10) and points (20) on the road (10-31-0) ... Seven of the Club's ten road wins were their first in the following cities: NY Rangers, Hartford, Buffalo, St. Louis and New Jersey ... The Sens scored more goals on the road (100) than at home (91) ... 17 Senators totaled more points on the road than at home.

VS CONFERENCES

The Senators tied their 1994-95 totals for points versus the Eastern Conference (23) ... Seven of the Club's ten road wins were recorded against the Atlantic Division (38.9%) ... The Sens recorded a team high 32 points (15-37-2) versus teams from other than the Northeast Division.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Senators' penalty killing at home ranked 19th in the NHL (80.9%), the best in team history ... They scored a powerplay goal for a club record six consecutive games from Mar. 7-19 ... The Club scored 23 of its 53 powerplay goals in the 2nd period (43%) ... Steve Duchense ranked 20th among defencemen in powerplay points (7-19-26) ... The Sens scored six powerplay goals in two games on Oct. 15 at Tampa Bay and on Oct. 19 vs. Calgary.

TEAM COMPETITIVENESS

The Senators ranked tied for 10th in the NHL with a total of 44 one-or-two-goal games (10-34), the most in team history ... The Club lost 15 games by one goal, the most ever ... 34 of the Club's 59 losses were by one or two goals (57.6%) ... The Senators entered the 3rd period leading or tied 33 times this season, more than any other season.

IN THE 3RD PERIOD

The Senators were one of nine NHL teams to score most of their goals (39.8%) in the 3rd period (76 of 191 goals) ... It represents the 2nd best 3rd period goal production percentage in the NHL.

OVERTIME

The Sens finished with a 0-3-5 overtime record ... They were one of two teams with the fewest overtime games (8), and the only team without and overtime game on the road in 1995-96.

THE BEST ROOKIE

Daniel Alfredsson led the NHL rookies in almost all statistical categories: points (26-35-61), assists, powerplay goals (8), powerplay assists (18), powerplay points (26) and shots (212) ... He ranked 2nd in goals, shorthanded goals (2), game-winning goals (3) and game-tying goals (1) ... He was he only rookie to be selected to the NHL All-Star game, the only rookie to lead his team in scoring, and the only two-time NHL Rookie of the Month.

NEW ACQUISITIONS

The Senators made three during the 1995-96 season ... Goaltender Damian Rhodes was obtained in a three-way deal involving the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NY Islanders on January 23 ... Rhodes posted a 10-22-4 record, a 2.77 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 36 games with the Senators, whick placed him 11th anong NHL goaltenders ... He started 25 consecutive games from Jan. 24 to Mar. 19, setting new club records for consecutive starts and consecutive games played ... Defenceman Wade Redden was also obtained in the deal ... Defenceman Janne Laukkanen was the other Senator acquired during the season (from Colorado).

RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN

Most wins (18) ... Most points (41) ... Most road wins (10) ... Most road points (20) ... Most shutouts (3) ... Most goals, period (5) ... Largest victory margin (6) ... Less shots against, game (16) ... Most penalty minutes, game (93) ... Most penalty minutes, game, both teams (146) ... Longest time shutting out the opponent (127:24) ... Most consecutive games and starts, goaltender (Rhodes: 25).

STREAKS

Stan Neckar did not miss a game since the time he joined the Sens in 1994-95, playing in a club record 130 consecutive games ... Neckar and Alfredsson were the only Senators to play all 82 games in 1995-96 ... Steve Duchense was one of 11 NHLers to end the season on a five-game-or-more point streak (0-5-5 in last five games.

MILESTONES

In 1995-96, Steve Duchense registered his 500th NHL point ... Randy Cunneyworth played his 700th NHL game and reached the 1000 penalty minute mark ... Pat Elynuik played his 500th NHL game ... When he was named Sens' Head Coach on January 24, Jacques Martin was one game shy of his 500th NHL game as an Assistant Coach (499).

1995-96 MISCELLANEOUS

The Sens recorded their 50th NHL win on April 5 vs. the Islanders ... Daniel Alfredsson scored the franchise's 700 goal on April 6 vs. Washington ... The team totalled 500 points overall (191 goals, 309 assists) ... 37 players (including six rookies) played at least one regular season game in a Senator uniform ... Mike Bales was the only goalie in team history to have dressed for all games in a season (82) ... Two Senators were suspended during the season (Mallette: one game & Picard: two games) ... Alexei Yashin and Dan Quinn were the two Senators to register a 5-or-more-point game ... Sens goaltenders stopped the opponents' two penalty shots during the season (Beaupre vs. Bureau & Rhodes vs. Straka) ... The Sens were assessed 88 major penalties ... The Sens were tied for 8th in the NHL with and average of 18.9 penalty minutes per game, their lowest ever ... The Sens lost 240 man/games due to injuries, none to goaltenders ... The team made 39 roster moves ... 22 Senators were named a star of the game at leaast once (101 stars) ... The Club trades five current NHLers and one draft pick during the season ... They acquired two current NHL players, one draft pick and one prospect playing in the minors.

1995 ENTRY DRAFT SELECTIONS
RD.   PLAYER            OVERALL
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1     BERARD, BRYAN           1
2     MORO, MARC             27
3     LARSEN, BRAD           53
4     BOLIBRUCK, KEVIN       89
5     BOTD, KEVIN           103
6     HRUSKA, DAVID         131
8     LINNA, KAJ            183
8     SCHULTZ, RAY          184
9     KAMINSKY, ERIK        231
WESTERN CONFERENCE/CENTRAL
CLUB        GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
------------------------------------------------
DETROIT     82  62  13   7  325  181  131   .799
CHICAGO     82  40  28  14  273  220   94   .573
TORONTO     82  34  36  12  247  252   80   .488
ST. LOUIS   82  32  34  16  219  248   80   .488
WINNIPEG    82  36  40   6  275  291   78   .476
DALLAS      82  26  42  14  227  280   66   .402
WESTERN CONFERENCE/PACIFIC
CLUB         GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
-------------------------------------------------
COLORADO     82  47  25  10  326  240  104   .634
CALGARY      82  34  37  11  241  240   79   .482
VANCOUVER    82  32  35  15  278  278   79   .482
ANAHEIM      82  35  39   8  234  247   78   .476
EDMONTON     82  30  44   8  240  304   68   .415
LOS ANGELES  82  24  40  18  256  302   66   .402
SAN JOSE     82  20  55   7  252  357   47   .287
EASTERN CONFERENCE/NORTHEAST
CLUB         GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
-------------------------------------------------
PITTSBURGH   82  49  29   4  362  284  102   .622
BOSTON       82  40  31  11  282  269   91   .555
MONTREAL     82  40  32  10  265  248   90   .549
HARTFORD     82  34  39   9  237  259   77   .470
BUFFALO      82  33  42   7  247  262   73   .445
OTTAWA       82  18  59   5  191  291   41   .250
EASTERN CONFERENCE/ATLANTIC
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
PHILADELPHIA  82  45  24  13  282  208  103   .628
NY RANGERS    82  41  27  14  272  237   96   .585
FLORIDA       82  41  31  10  254  234   92   .561
WASHINGTON    82  39  32  11  234  204   89   .543
TAMPA BAY     82  38  32  12  238  248   88   .537
NEW JERSEY    82  37  33  12  215  202   86   .524
NY ISLANDERS  82  22  50  10  229  315   54   .329
STANDINGS BY CONFERENCE/EASTERN CONFERENCE
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
PHILADELPHIA  82  45  24  13  282  208  103   .628
PITTSBURGH    82  49  29   4  362  284  102   .622
NY RANGERS    82  41  27  14  272  237   96   .585
FLORIDA       82  41  31  10  254  234   92   .561
BOSTON        82  40  31  11  282  269   91   .555
MONTREAL      82  40  32  10  265  248   90   .549
WASHINGTON    82  39  32  11  234  204   89   .543
TAMPA BAY     82  38  32  12  238  248   88   .537
NEW JERSEY    82  37  33  12  215  202   86   .524
HARTFORD      82  34  39   9  237  259   77   .470
BUFFALO       82  33  42   7  247  262   73   .445
NY ISLANDERS  82  22  50  10  229  315   54   .329
OTTAWA        82  18  59   5  191  291   41   .250
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CLUB         GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
-------------------------------------------------
DETROIT      82  62  13   7  325  181  131   .799
COLORADO     82  47  25  10  326  240  104   .634
CHICAGO      82  40  28  14  273  220   94   .573
TORONTO      82  34  36  12  247  252   80   .488
ST. LOUIS    82  32  34  16  219  248   80   .488
CALGARY      82  34  37  11  241  240   79   .482
VANCOUVER    82  32  35  15  278  278   79   .482
WINNIPEG     82  36  40   6  275  291   78   .476
ANAHEIM      82  35  39   8  234  247   78   .476
EDMONTON     82  30  44   8  240  304   68   .415
DALLAS       82  26  42  14  227  280   66   .402
LOS ANGELES  82  24  40  18  256  302   66   .402
SAN JOSE     82  20  55   7  252  357   47   .287
OVERALL STANDINGS
CLUB          GP   W   L   T   GF   GA  PTS   PCTG
--------------------------------------------------
DETROIT       82  62  13   7  325  181  131   .799
COLORADO      82  47  25  10  326  240  104   .634
PHILADELPHIA  82  45  24  13  282  208  103   .628
PITTSBURGH    82  49  29   4  362  284  102   .622
NY RANGERS    82  41  27  14  272  237   96   .585
CHICAGO       82  40  28  14  273  220   94   .573
FLORIDA       82  41  31  10  254  234   92   .561
BOSTON        82  40  31  11  282  269   91   .555
MONTREAL      82  40  32  10  265  248   90   .549
WASHINGTON    82  39  32  11  234  204   89   .543
TAMPA BAY     82  38  32  12  238  248   88   .537
NEW JERSEY    82  37  33  12  215  202   86   .524
TORONTO       82  34  36  12  247  252   80   .488
ST. LOUIS     82  32  34  16  219  248   80   .488
CALGARY       82  34  37  11  241  240   79   .482
VANCOUVER     82  32  35  15  278  278   79   .482
WINNIPEG      82  36  40   6  275  291   78   .476
ANAHEIM       82  35  39   8  234  247   78   .476
HARTFORD      82  34  39   9  237  259   77   .470
BUFFALO       82  33  42   7  247  262   73   .445
EDMONTON      82  30  44   8  240  304   68   .415
DALLAS        82  26  42  14  227  280   66   .402
LOS ANGELES   82  24  40  18  256  302   66   .402
NY ISLANDERS  82  22  50  10  229  315   54   .329
SAN JOSE      82  20  55   7  252  357   47   .287
OTTAWA        82  18  59   5  191  291   41   .250
OPENING ROSTER (10/07/95)
OTTAWA 1 VS. BUFFALO 3
CLOSING ROSTER (04/13/96)
OTTAWA 5 VS. NEW JERSEY 2
POS  NO    PLAYER             
G    30    DARREN MADELEY     
G    33    DON BEAUPRE        
G    35    MIKE BALES         
D     2    LANCE PITLICK      
D     4    SEAN HILL          
D     5    KERRY HUFFMAN      
D     6    CHRIS DAHLQUIST    
LW    7    RANDY CUNNEYWORTH  
LW    9    DAN QUINN          
RW   10    ROB GAUDREAU       
RW   11    DANIEL ALFREDSSON  
C    12    DAVE ARCHIBALD     
C    13    TED DRURY          
RW   14    JEAN-YVES ROY      
LW   17    TOM CHORSKE        
C    20    TRENT MCCLEARY     
LW   21    DENNIS VIAL        
RW   22    ANTTI TORMANEN     
D    23    JAROSLAV MODRY     
RW   25    PAT ELYNUIK        
RW   26    SCOTT LEVINS       
D    28    STEVE DUCHENSE     
LW   29    PHIL BOURQUE       
LW   36    TROY MALLETTE      
LW   49    MICHEL PICARD      
LW   76    RADEK BONK         
C    82    MARTIN STRAKA      
C    91    ALEXANDRE DAIGLE   
D    94    STAN NECKAR
POS   NO    PLAYER
G      1    DAMIAN RHODES      
G     35    MIKE BALES         
D      2    LANCE PITLICK      
D      3    FRANK MUSIL        
D      4    SEAN HILL          
D      6    CHRIS DAHLQUIST    
LW     7    RANDY CUNNEYWORTH  
RW    10    ROB GAUDREAU       
RW    11    DANIEL ALFREDSSON  
C-LW  12    DAVID ARCHIBALD    
C     13    TED DRURY          
LW    17    TOM CHORSKE        
C     19    ALEXEI YASHIN      
C-RW  20    TRENT MCCLEARY     
D     21    DENNIS VIAL        
D     24    DANIEL LAPERRIERE  
RW    25    PAT ELYNUIK        
RW    26    SCOTT LEVINS       
D     27    JANNE LAUKKANEN    
D     28    STEVE DUCHENSE     
LW-C  36    TROY MALLETTE      
LW    49    MICHEL PICARD      
LW    76    RADEK BONK         
RW    78    PAVOL DEMITRA      
C     91    ALEXANDRE DAIGLE   
D     94    STAN NECKAR
PLAYER STATISTICS
POS  NO PLAYER            TEAM   GP    G    A  PTS   +/-  PIM   PP   SH   GW   GT    S
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RW   11 DANIEL ALFREDSSON  OTT   82   26   35   61   18-   28    8    2    3    1  212
C    19 ALEXEI YASHIN      OTT   46   15   24   39   15-   28    8    0    1    0  143
LW    7 RANDY CUNNEYWORTH  OTT   81   17   19   36   31-   130   4    0    2    0  142
D    28 STEVE DUCHENSE     OTT   62   12   24   36   23-   42    7    0    2    0  163
C    76 RADEK BONK         OTT   76   16   19   35    5-   36    5    0    1    0  161
LW   17 TOM CHORSKE        OTT   72   15   14   29    9-   21    0    2    1    0  118
D     4 SEAN HILL          OTT   80    7   14   21   26-   94    2    0    2    0  157
RW   78 PAVOL DEMITRA      OTT   31    7   10   17    3-    6    2    0    1    0   66
C    91 ALEXANDRE DAIGLE   OTT   50    5   12   17   30-   24    1    0    0    0   77
C    13 TED DRURY          OTT   42    9    7   16   19-   54    1    0    1    1   80
RW   22 ANTTI TORMANEN     OTT   50    7    8   15   15-   28    0    0    0    0   68
RW   20 TRENT MCCLEARY     OTT   75    4   10   14   15-   68    0    1    0    0   58
C    10 ROB GAUDREAU       OTT   52    8    5   13   19-   15    1    1    0    0   76
D    94 STAN NECKAR        OTT   82    3    9   12   16-   54    1    0    0    0   57
C-LW 12 DAVE ARCHIBALD     OTT   44    6    4   10   14-   18    0    0    1    0   56
LW   49 MICHEL PICARD      OTT   17    2    6    8    1-   10    0    0    1    0   21
D     2 LANCE PITLICK      OTT   28    1    6    7    8-   20    0    0    0    0   13
LW-C 36 TROY MALLETTE      OTT   64    2    3    5    7-  171    0    0    0    0   51
D-LW 21 DENNIS VIAL        OTT   64    1    4    5   13-  276    0    0    0    0   33
D     3 FRANK MUSIL        OTT   65    1    3    4   10-   85    0    0    0    0   37
D    27 JANNE LAUKKANEN    COL    3    1    0    1    1-    0    1    0    0    0    4
                           OTT   20    0    2    2    0    14    0    0    0    0   31
                           TOT   23    1    2    3    1-   14    1    0    0    0   35
RW   25 PAT ELYNUIK        OTT   29    1    2    3    2    16    0    0    0    0   27
RW   14 JEAN-YVES ROY      OTT    4    1    1    2    3     2    0    0    0    0    6
LW   29 PHIL BOURQUE       OTT   13    1    1    2    3-   14    0    0    0    0   12
D     6 CHRIS DAHLQUIST    OTT   24    1    1    2    7-   14    0    0    0    0   13
RW   26 SCOTT LEVINS       OTT   27    0    2    2    3-   80    0    0    0    0    6
G     1 DAMIAN RHODES      TOR   11    0    0    0    0     0    0    0    0    0    0
                           OTT   36    0    2    2    0     4    0    0    0    0    0
                           TOT   47    0    2    2    0     4    0    0    0    0    0
D    18 PATRICK TRAVERSE   OTT    5    0    0    0    1-    2    0    0    0    0    2
D    27 JOE CIRELLA        OTT    6    0    0    0    3-    4    0    0    0    0    3
D    24 DANIEL LAPERRIERE  OTT    6    0    0    0    2     4    0    0    0    0   12
G    35 MIKE BALES         OTT    20   0    0    0    0     2    0    0    0    0    0
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C-RW 82 MARTIN STRAKA      OTT   43    9   16   25   14    29    5    0    1    0   63
C     9 DAN QUINN          OTT   28    6   18   24    8-   24    4    0    0    0   62
D    23 JAROSLAV MODRY     OTT   64    4   14   18   17-   38    1    0    1    0   89
D     5 KERRY HUFFMAN      OTT   43    4   11   15   18-   63    3    0    0    0   88
RW   16 DAVE MCLLWAIN      OTT    1    0    1    1    0     2    0    0    0    0    1
G    33 DON BEAUPRE        OTT   33    0    2    2    0    17    0    0    0    0    0
        (bench)                                            16                         
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TEAM TOTAL                       82  191  309  500    -  1553   53    6   18    2 2204
NO   PLAYER              GP  MINS    AVG   W  L   T  EN  SO   GA  SHOTS   SV%
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 1   DAMIAN RHODES  TOR  11   624   2.79   4   5  1   0   0   29   301   .904
                    OTT  36  2124   2.77  10  22  4   1   2   98  1041   .906
                    TOT  47  2748   2.78  14  27  5   1   2  127  1342   .905
35   MIKE BALES     OTT  20  1040   4.15   2  14  1   1   0   72   560   .871
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33   DON BEAUPRE    OTT  33  1770   3.73   6  23  0   9   1  110   892   .877
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TEAM TOTAL               82  4953   3.53  18  59  5  11   3  291  2504   .884
   

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06
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