The 2000–01 Ottawa Senators season saw the Senators place first in the Northeast Division, with 109 points. In the playoffs, the Senators lost in the first round, again to the Toronto Maple Leafs, this time in a 4–0 sweep, in which they were repeatedly stymied by the Leafs' goaltender Curtis Joseph.
Ottawa trailed only the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils with the most goals during the regular season (274).
Alexei Yashin played during the 2000–01 season, but was not restored as captain; the position remaining with Alfredsson. After the season, Yashin would be traded to the New York Islanders for Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt, and the Isles' first round draft pick (second overall), which the Sens used to draft Jason Spezza. Yashin would sign a ten-year contract with the Isles.
On Saturday, November 18, the Senators scored three short-handed goals in a 5-2 home win against the Florida Panthers.
Famous quotes containing the words senators and/or season:
“Michael Corleone: My father is no different than any powerful man. Any man whos responsible for other people. Like a senator or a president.
Kaye: Do you know how naive you sound?
Michael Corleone: Why?
Kaye: Senators and presidents dont have men killed.”
—Mario Puzo (b. 1920)
“At this season I seldom had a visitor. When the snow lay deepest no wanderer ventured near my house for a week or fortnight at a time, but there I lived as snug as a meadow mouse.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)