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The 2002–03 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 21st season of operation since the franchise relocated to New Jersey.

The team finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the Atlantic Division Division with a record of 46–20–10–6. After claiming the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles, the Devils won their third Stanley Cup championship in a seven-game series against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Team Information[]

  • General Manager: Lou Lamoriello
  • Coach: Pat Burns
  • Assistant Coaches: Bobby Carpenter, John MacLean
  • Goalie Coach: Jacques Caron
  • Captain: Scott Stevens
  • Assistant Captains: Patrik Elias, Scott Niedermayer
  • Arena: Continental Airlines Arena
  • Average attendance: 14,858

Pre-season[]

Regular season[]

The Devils tied the Philadelphia Flyers for fewest goals allowed (166) and had the fewest power-play opportunities against (264), the fewest power-play goals against (32) and the best penalty-kill percentage (87.88%). The Devils also tied the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals for fewest short-handed goals allowed, with four. Furthermore, the Devils also had the fewest power-play opportunities for (303), the fewest power-play goals for (36) and the lowest power-play percentage, at 11.88%.[1]

Season standings[]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 New Jersey Devils 82 46 20 10 6 216 166 108
2 4 Philadelphia Flyers
3 8 New York Islanders
4 9 New York Rangers
5 14 Pittsburgh Penguins

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points

        Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 P – Ottawa Senators NE
2 Y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 20 10 6 216 166 108
3 Y – Tampa Bay Lightning SE
4 X – Philadelphia Flyers AT
5 X – Toronto Maple Leafs NE
6 X – Washington Capitals SE
7 X – Boston Bruins NE
8 X – New York Islanders AT
9 New York Rangers AT
10 Montreal Canadiens NE
11 Atlanta Thrashers SE
12 Buffalo Sabres NE
13 Florida Panthers SE
14 Pittsburgh Penguins AT
15 Carolina Hurricanes SE

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

P – Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y – Clinched Division; X – Clinched Playoff spot

Schedule and results[]

Playoffs[]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[]

(E2) New Jersey Devils vs. (E7) Boston Bruins[]

The series opened at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, and game one was a defensive battle in an ultimate 2–1 Devils victory behind two goals from Jamie Langenbrunner. New Jersey then took control of the series with a 4–2 victory in Game 2.

Down 2–0 in the series but heading home to FleetCenter, Boston shook things up, replacing Steve Shields, who allowed six goals in the first two games, in favor of Jeff Hackett. The shakeup did not do much, as the Devils shut out in the Bruins in Game 3, 3–0, with goalie Martin Brodeur stopping all 29 shots he faced. In game 4, Ken Daneyko was a healthy scratch and did not play that game. It was the first time in his career that he was a healthy scratch in the playoffs. Not wanting to end their season with a winless postseason and a loss in front of their fans, Boston came out firing by winning the game, 5–1 and knocking out Brodeur after the fifth goal in favor of Corey Schwab, who went six-for-six in net.

Unfortunately for the Bruins and their fans, they had only "stayed their execution" until game five in New Jersey, where Brodeur bounced back from his horrid Game 4 with a 28-save shutout in a 3–0 win as Langenbrunner added two more goals.

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Eastern Conference Semifinals[]

(E2) New Jersey Devils vs. (E3) Tampa Bay Lightning[]

The series opened at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, where the Devils scored three third-period goals to break a scoreless tie en route to a 3–0 game one victory with goalie Martin Brodeur posting a 15-save shutout in the process. Game two was a little tenser, with New Jersey rallying from a third-period deficit and winning the game 2:09 into overtime, 3–2, on a goal by Jamie Langenbrunner.

In game three at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, the Lightning jumped out to a 3–0 first-period lead. Then, Scott Stevens was injured by a puck that hit him in the face from a slapshot by Pavel Kubina. Following that, New Jersey tied the score before scoring in the third period on a goal by Dave Andreychuk to win the game, 4–3 for Tampa. Stevens recovered and returned for game four, and the Devils responded by winning, 3–1, to push the Lightning to the brink. The Devils ended the series with a 2–1 triple-overtime victory in game five, with Grant Marshall scoring the game-winning goal 11:12 into the sixth period.

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Eastern Conference Finals[]

(E1) Ottawa Senators vs. (E2) New Jersey Devils[]

The series opened at Corel Centre in Ottawa, where the Senators took game one in overtime, 3–2, when Shaun Van Allen tipped in a pass from Martin Havlát 3:08 into overtime. New Jersey tied the series, 1–1, with a crucial victory in game two, 4–1. It marked the first time Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime allowed more than two goals in twelve postseason games.

Game three at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey saw an amazing defensive battle, but New Jersey won the game, 1–0, on a first-period goal by Sergei Brylin. Martin Brodeur posted a 24-save shutout for the Devils in the process. New Jersey appeared to have the series in control when they broke a 2–2 tie in game four with three third-period goals en route to a 5–2 win, and they led in the series, 3–1. But, it wasn't over yet, as Minnesota (twice) and Vancouver rebounded from 3–1 series deficits earlier in the playoffs.

Ottawa returned home for game five, not wanting to lose in front of their fans. They staved off elimination with a 3–1 victory. The tense action resumed back in New Jersey for game six, as the teams entered overtime tied, 1–1, and all the Devils needed was a goal to knock out the Senators. The death blow did not come in game six, as Chris Phillips scored the game-winning goal 15:52 into overtime in the 2–1 Senators victory. This would be the Devils only home loss of the playoffs.

Determined not to suffer the same misfortunes as Colorado, St. Louis, and Vancouver, the Devils broke through in game seven, winning the game, 3–2, as Jeff Friesen knocked in the series-winning goal with just over two minutes to play to send New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the decisive game, the Devils benefited from a two-goal performance by Jamie Langenbrunner, his first goals of the series.

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Stanley Cup Finals[]

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For the Devils, this was their fourth Stanley Cup Finals appearance, after making the Finals previously in 1995, 2000, and 2001. As for the Mighty Ducks, it was their first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history after defeating the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, and Minnesota Wild. The Devils had a strong start in game one at the Meadowlands as they shut out the Ducks 3–0. Game two was pretty much Deja Vu for the Devils as they once again blanked the Ducks 3–0. Down 2–0 in the series, the Ducks responded at home in Anaheim with a 3–2 overtime victory. Then, in game four, Anaheim tied the series at two in a 1–0 overtime win. Back at the Meadowlands, game five was much more competitive and high tempo. While both teams went back and forth with three goals each, the Devils would add three more goals to win 6–3. Facing elimination in game six, the Ducks did not disappoint their fans as they won game six 5–2. However, during that game, Scott Stevens laid a vicious check on Paul Kariya, knocking him to the ground. Kariya quickly recovered and scored the game-winning goal, tying the series at three games apiece. The Devils ended the series with an exclamation mark as they shut out the Ducks 3–0 once more to capture their third Stanley Cup championship in nine seasons. While the Devils did win the cup, Jean-Sébastien Giguère of Anaheim won the Conn Smythe Trophy, making it the first time in sixteen years that a player from the losing team won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

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Player statistics[]

Regular season[]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 81 28 29 57 22 17 6 0 4
Langenbrunner, JamieJamie Langenbrunner RW 78 22 33 55 65 17 5 1 5
Gomez, ScottScott Gomez C 80 13 42 55 48 17 2 0 4
Friesen, JeffJeff Friesen LW 81 23 28 51 26 23 3 0 4
Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk C 80 17 28 45 56 10 3 0 4
Madden, JohnJohn Madden C 80 19 22 41 26 13 2 2 3
Rafalski, BrianBrian Rafalski D 79 3 37 40 14 18 2 0 0
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 81 11 28 39 62 23 3 0 3
Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta RW 58 12 13 25 23 5 2 0 3
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 77 7 13 20 115 7 0 0 0
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 81 4 16 20 41 18 0 0 2
Brylin, SergeiSergei Brylin LW 52 11 8 19 16 -2 3 1 1
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 68 6 11 17 23 12 0 1 4
Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 50 5 8 13 22 2 2 0 1
White, ColinColin White D 72 5 8 13 98 19 0 0 1
McKenzie, JimJim McKenzie LW 76 4 8 12 88 3 0 0 2
Bicek, JiriJiri Bicek RW 44 5 6 11 25 7 1 0 1
Berglund, ChristianChristian Berglund LW 38 4 5 9 20 3 0 0 0
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 69 2 7 9 33 6 0 0 0
Rupp, MikeMike Rupp C 26 5 3 8 21 0 2 0 3
Albelin, TommyTommy Albelin D 37 1 6 7 6 10 0 1 0
Rheaume, PascalPascal Rheaume C 21 4 1 5 8 3 0 1 1
Marshall, GrantGrant Marshall RW 10 1 3 4 7 -3 0 0 0
Danton, MikeMike Danton C 17 2 0 2 35 0 0 0 0
Guolla, SteveSteve Guolla C 12 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 12 0 2 2 0 -1 0 0 0
Darby, CraigCraig Darby C 3 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Giroux, RaymondRaymond Giroux D 11 0 1 1 6 -2 0 0 0
Zyuzin, AndreiAndrei Zyuzin D 1 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 73 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Schwab, CoreyCorey Schwab G 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 4374 73 41 23 9 147 2.02 9 1706 1559 .914
Schwab, CoreyCorey Schwab 614 11 5 3 1 15 1.47 1 223 208 .933
Team: 4988 82 46 26 10 162 1.95 10 1929 1767 .916

Playoffs[]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Langenbrunner, JamieJamie Langenbrunner RW 24 11 7 18 16 1 0 4
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 24 2 16 18 16 1 0 0
Madden, JohnJohn Madden C 24 6 10 16 2 2 1 1
Friesen, JeffJeff Friesen LW 24 10 4 14 6 1 0 4
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 24 5 8 13 26 2 0 2
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 24 6 6 12 2 0 0 1
Gomez, ScottScott Gomez C 24 3 9 12 2 0 0 0
Rafalski, BrianBrian Rafalski D 23 2 9 11 8 2 0 0
Nieuwendyk, JoeJoe Nieuwendyk C 17 3 6 9 4 1 0 0
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 24 3 6 9 14 1 0 1
Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta RW 24 1 8 9 6 0 0 0
Marshall, GrantGrant Marshall RW 24 6 2 8 8 2 0 1
White, ColinColin White D 24 0 5 5 29 0 0 0
Brylin, SergeiSergei Brylin LW 19 1 3 4 8 0 0 1
Rupp, MikeMike Rupp C 4 1 3 4 0 0 0 1
Rheaume, PascalPascal Rheaume C 24 1 2 3 13 0 0 0
Tverdovsky, OlegOleg Tverdovsky D 15 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Stevenson, TurnerTurner Stevenson RW 14 1 1 2 26 0 0 0
Albelin, TommyTommy Albelin D 16 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 24 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Bicek, JiriJiri Bicek RW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
McKenzie, JimJim McKenzie LW 13 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
Schwab, CoreyCorey Schwab G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 1491 24 16 8 41 1.65 7 622 581 .934
Schwab, CoreyCorey Schwab 28 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 8 8 1.000
Team: 1519 24 16 8 41 1.62 7 630 589 .935

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T/OT = Ties/overtime losses; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[]

Awards[]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Martin Brodeur Vezina Trophy End of regular season
Martin Brodeur William Jennings Trophy End of regular season
Martin Brodeur NHL First All-Star Team - Goaltender End of regular season

Nominations[]

Regular Season
Player Award Place
Martin Brodeur Hart Memorial Trophy Finalist
John Madden Frank J. Selke Trophy Runner-Up

53rd NHL All-Star Game[]

New Jersey Devils NHL All-Star representatives at the 53rd NHL All-Star Game in Sunrise, Florida, at the Office Depot Center.

Transactions[]

Draft picks[]

The Devils' draft picks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (League) Notes
1 20 No first-round pick[5]
2 51 Anton Kadeykin Template:Flagu D Elemash Elektrostal (Vysshaya Liga)
2 53 Barry Tallackson Template:Flagu RW University of Minnesota (WCHA) [6]
3 64 Jason Ryznar Template:Flagu LW University of Michigan (CCHA) [7]
3 84 Marek Chvatal Template:Flagcountry D Oceláři Třinec (Czech Extraliga) [8]
3 85 Ahren Nittel Template:Flagcountry LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
4 117 Cam Janssen Template:Flagu RW Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
5 154 Krisjanis Redlihs Template:Flagcountry D Liepājas Metalurgs (Latvian Hockey League)
6 187 Eric Johansson Template:Flagcountry C Tri-City Americans (WHL)
7 218 Ilkka Pikkarainen Template:Flagcountry RW HIFK (SM-liiga) [7][9]
8 250 Dan Glover Template:Flagcountry D Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
9 281 Bill Kinkel Template:Flagu LW Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

Roster[]

2002–03 New Jersey Devils
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  • GM: United States Lou Lamoriello
  • Coach: Canada Pat Burns

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See also[]

References[]

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  1. https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2003.html
  2. "Nieuwendyk gets 500th goal in Devils' win". The Washington Post. 2003-01-18. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-233842.html. Retrieved 2020-06-24. 
  3. "Nieuwendyk hits 1,000 in victory over Penguins". The Vindicator: p. C6. 2003-02-24. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3FxIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XoIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3577,5658739. Retrieved 2020-06-24. 
  4. "2002-03 New Jersey Devils Statistics – Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/NJD/2003.html. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  5. The Devils traded their 2001 first-round pick (later transferred to Buffalo and used on Daniel Paille), along with Randy McKay and Jason Arnott for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner on March 19, 2002.
  6. No source exists to indicate why the Devils drafted twice in the second round of 2002.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Devils acquired the 2002 third-round pick from Atlanta for Phoenix's 2001 fourth-round pick (used on Milan Gajic) and the Devils' 2002 seventh-round pick (later transferred to San Jose and used on Tim Conboy) on June 24, 2001.
  8. The Devils had traded their original 2001 third-round pick (used on Beat Schiess-Forster) to Phoenix for the Coyotes' 2002 third-round pick (Marek Chvatal) on June 23, 2001.
  9. No source exists to indicate where the Devils acquired the pick to draft Pikkarainen.
  10. https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/NJD/2003.html
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