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The 1998–99 NHL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-seven teams played 82 games each. The Dallas Stars finished first in regular season play, and won the Stanley Cup championship over the Buffalo Sabres in a controversial fashion on a disputed overtime goal by Brett Hull. Goaltenders continued to dominate the league, as only two teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New Jersey Devils, averaged more than three goals scored per game. In addition, no player reached the 50-goal plateau. A total of 160 shutouts were recorded for the second-straight regular season.

League business

With the addition of the expansion Nashville Predators, the NHL realigned this year to a strictly geographic six-division structure (three per conference), erasing the last vestiges of the traditional four-division structure (Adams/Patrick/Norris/Smythe) abandoned in 1993–94. Other than the necessary reassignment of Colorado to the Western Conference in 1995 due to its two-thousand mile (over 3,200 km) move west from Quebec, the divisions' membership had remained static for six years despite the renaming and relocation of several franchises. As part of this realignment, the Toronto Maple Leafs moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference. This put three of the 'Original Six' teams in the Northeast Division (Boston, Montreal, Toronto), and the three original cities of the NHL in the Northeast (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto).

The 1998–99 season marked the retirement of Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer, who played his final three NHL seasons with the New York Rangers. The Rangers had been battling for a playoff spot up until the end of the regular season when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were able to clinch the postseason berth when Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal. The game was also symbolic because it appeared as though Gretzky was passing the torch to Jagr, signalling a changing of the guard of the NHL's greatest superstar.

This was the final season that FOX televised NHL games in the United States. It was also the final season for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardensmarker, before moving to the Air Canada Centremarker in February. Toronto also made its first post-season appearance since 1995–96 this season. 1998-99 was also the final year that the Carolina Hurricanes played at Greensboro Coliseummarker; they moved to the brand-new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena (now the RBC Centermarker) in Raleighmarker for the next season.

The Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy for the most goals by a player in a season made its debut this year. The first winner was Teemu Selanne of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Regular season

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Jaromir Jagr Pittsburgh Penguins 81 44 83 127 66
Teemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 75 47 60 107 30
Paul Kariya Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 39 62 101 40
Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche 78 30 67 97 108
Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche 73 41 55 96 29
Alexei Yashin Ottawa Senators 82 44 50 94 54
Eric Lindros Philadelphia Flyers 71 40 53 93 120
Theoren Fleury Calgary Flames /Colorado Avalanche 75 40 53 93 86
John LeClair Philadelphia Flyers 76 43 47 90 30
Pavol Demitra St. Louis Blues 82 37 52 89 16


Playoffs

Playoff bracket

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals

New Jersey (1) vs. Pittsburgh (8)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 22 Pittsburgh New Jersey 3 – 1
April 24 Pittsburgh New Jersey 4 – 1
April 25 New Jersey Pittsburgh 4 – 2
April 27 New Jersey Pittsburgh 4 – 2
April 30 Pittsburgh New Jersey 4 – 3
May 2 New Jersey Pittsburgh OT 3 – 2
May 4 Pittsburgh New Jersey 4 – 2
Pittsburgh wins series 4–3
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
Carolina (3) vs. Boston (6)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 22 Boston Carolina 2 – 0
April 24 Boston Carolina OT 3 – 2
April 26 Carolina Boston 3 – 2
April 28 Carolina Boston 4 – 1
April 30 Boston Carolina 2OT 4 – 3
May 2 Carolina Boston 2 – 0
Boston wins series 4–2
Toronto (4) vs. Philadelphia (5)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 22 Philadelphia Toronto 3 – 0
April 24 Philadelphia Toronto 2 – 1
April 26 Toronto Philadelphia 2 – 1
April 28 Toronto Philadelphia 5 – 2
April 30 Philadelphia Toronto OT 2 – 1
May 2 Toronto Philadelphia 1 – 0
Toronto wins series 4–2


Western Conference Quarter-finals

Dallas (1) vs. Edmonton (8)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 21 Edmonton Dallas 2 – 1
April 23 Edmonton Dallas 3 – 2
April 25 Dallas Edmonton 3 – 2
April 27 Dallas Edmonton 3OT 3 – 2
Dallas wins series 4–0
Colorado (2) vs. San Jose (7)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 24 Colorado San Jose 3 – 1
April 26 Colorado San Jose OT 2 – 1
April 28 San Jose Colorado 4 – 2
April 30 San Jose Colorado 7 – 3
May 1 San Jose Colorado 6 – 2
May 3 Colorado San Jose OT 3 – 2
Colorado wins series 4–2
Detroit (3) vs. Anaheim (6)
Date Away Home Score
April 21 Anaheim Detroit 5 - 3
April 23 Anaheim Detroit 5 - 1
April 25 Detroit Anaheim 4 - 2
April 27 Detroit Anaheim 3 - 0
Detroit wins series 4–0
Phoenix (4) vs. St. Louis (5)
Date Away Home OT Score
April 22 St. Louis Phoenix 3 – 1
April 24 St. Louis Phoenix OT 4 – 3
April 25 Phoenix St. Louis 5 – 4
April 27 Phoenix St. Louis 2 – 1
April 30 St. Louis Phoenix OT 2 – 1
May 2 Phoenix St. Louis 5 – 3
May 4 St. Louis Phoenix OT 1 – 0
St. Louis wins series 4–3


Eastern Conference Semi-finals

Toronto (4) vs. Pittsburgh (8)
Date Away Home OT Score
May 7 Pittsburgh Toronto 2 – 0
May 9 Pittsburgh Toronto 4 – 2
May 11 Toronto Pittsburgh 4 – 3
May 13 Toronto Pittsburgh OT 3 – 2
May 15 Pittsburgh Toronto 4 – 1
May 17 Toronto Pittsburgh OT 4 – 3
Toronto wins series 4–2
Boston (6) vs. Buffalo (7)
Date Away Home Score
May 6 Buffalo Boston 4 – 2
May 9 Buffalo Boston 3 – 1
May 12 Boston Buffalo 3 – 2
May 14 Boston Buffalo 3 – 0
May 16 Buffalo Boston 5 – 3
May 18 Boston Buffalo 3 – 2
Buffalo wins series 4–2


Western Conference Semi-finals

Dallas (1) vs. St. Louis (5)
Date Away Home OT Score
May 6 St. Louis Dallas 3 – 0
May 8 St. Louis Dallas OT 5 – 4
May 10 Dallas St. Louis OT 3 – 2
May 12 Dallas St. Louis OT 3 – 2
May 15 St. Louis Dallas 3 – 1
May 17 Dallas St. Louis OT 2 – 1
Dallas wins series 4–2
Colorado (2) vs. Detroit (3)
Date Away Home OT Score
May 7 Detroit Colorado OT 3 – 2
May 9 Detroit Colorado 4 – 0
May 11 Colorado Detroit 5 – 3
May 13 Colorado Detroit 6 – 2
May 16 Detroit Colorado 3 – 0
May 18 Colorado Detroit 5 – 2
Colorado wins series 4–2


Eastern Conference Final

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 2 – 4
May 29 Toronto Buffalo 2 – 5
May 31 Buffalo Toronto 4 – 2
Buffalo wins series 4–1 and Prince of Wales Trophy


Western Conference Final

Dallas (1) vs. Colorado (2)
Date Away Home OT Score
May 22 Colorado Dallas 2 – 1
May 24 Colorado Dallas 4 – 2
May 26 Dallas Colorado 3 – 0
May 28 Dallas Colorado OT 3 – 2
May 30 Colorado Dallas 7 – 5
June 1 Dallas Colorado 4 – 1
June 4 Colorado Dallas 4 – 1
Dallas wins series 4–3 and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl


Stanley Cup Final

The teams split the first two games, held in Dallas, then split the following two games in Buffalo. In the fifth game, Dallas shut out Buffalo to put the Sabres on the brink of elimination. Game six was held in Buffalo and it went to triple-overtime before being decided on Brett Hull's controversial goal.

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


NHL awards

Presidents' Trophy: Dallas Stars
Prince of Wales Trophy: Buffalo Sabres
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Dallas Stars
Art Ross Trophy: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: John Cullen, Tampa Bay Lightning
Calder Memorial Trophy: Chris Drury, Colorado Avalanche
Conn Smythe Trophy: Joe Nieuwendyk, Dallas Stars
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Jere Lehtinen, Dallas Stars
Hart Memorial Trophy: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jack Adams Award: Jacques Martin, Ottawa Senators
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Al MacInnis, St. Louis Blues
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Rob Ray, Buffalo Sabres
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Wayne Gretzky, New York Rangers
Lester B. Pearson Award: Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins
Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy: Teemu Selanne, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
NHL Plus/Minus Award: John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers
Vezina Trophy: Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy: Ed Belfour & Roman Turek, Dallas Stars
Lester Patrick Trophy: Harry Sinden


All-Star teams

First team   Position   Second team
Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres G Byron Dafoe, Boston Bruins
Al MacInnis, St. Louis Blues D Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings D Eric Desjardins, Philadelphia Flyers
Peter Forsberg, Colorado Avalanche C Alexei Yashin, Ottawa Senators
Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Penguins RW Teemu Selanne, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Paul Kariya, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim LW John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers


Debuts

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1998–99 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1998–99 (listed with their last team):

1998–99 Trading Deadline

  • Trading Deadline: MARCH 23, 1999
  • March 23, 1999: Nashville traded RW Blair Atcheynum to St. Louis for a sixth-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: Calgary traded D Chris O’Sullivan to NY Rangers for D Lee Sorochan.
  • March 23, 1999: Detroit traded G Kevin Hodson and San Jose’s second-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (previously acquired) to Tampa Bay for LW Wendel Clark and Detroit’s sixth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
  • March 23, 1999: Washington traded C Dale Hunter and a third-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft to Colorado for a second-round pick in the 1999 or 2000 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: Florida traded D Rhett Warrener and a fifth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft to Buffalo for D Mike Wilson.
  • March 23, 1999: Calgary traded RW Greg Pankewicz to San Jose for future considerations.
  • March 23, 1999: Los Angeles traded C Yanic Perreault to Toronto for C Jason Podollan and a third-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: Edmonton traded RW Kevin Brown to NY Rangers for LW Vladimir Vorobiev.
  • March 23, 1999: Tampa Bay traded G Bill Ranford to Detroit for a conditional draft pick.
  • March 23, 1999: Chigago traded D Chris Chelios to Detroit for 1999 and 2001 first round draft picks (D Steve McCarthy and G Adam Munro)
  • March 23, 1999: Florida traded a fifth-round pick G Ryan Miller and D Rhett Warrener to Florida Panthers for D Mike Wilson
  • March 23, 1999: Montreal traded C Vincent Damphousse to San Jose for a fifth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a conditional draft pick or picks in the 2000 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: Vancouver traded C Peter Zezel to Anaheim for future considerations.
  • March 23, 1999: Los Angeles traded D Steve Duchesne to Philadelphia for D David Babych and a fifth-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: NY Rangers trade D Stan Neckar to Phoenix for D Jason Doig and a sixth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: NY Rangers trade D Ulf Samuelsson to Detroit for a second-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a third-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: Toronto traded D Jason Smith to Edmonton for a fourth-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: Buffalo traded C Derek Plante to Dallas for a second-round pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.
  • March 23, 1999: Washington traded LW Craig Berube to Philadelphia for future considerations.
  • March 23, 1999: Tampa Bay traded D Sami Helenius to Colorado for a conditional draft pick.
  • March 23, 1999: Phoenix traded C J.F. Jomphe to Montreal for future considerations.
  • March 23, 1999: Chicago traded RW Nelson Emerson to Ottawa for RW Chris Murray.


See also



References

  1. NHL trade deadline: Deals since 1980 | Habs Inside/Out



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