Team Recap: 15th-seeded ’00-’01 Colorado Avalanche

The 15th-seeded '00-'01 Colorado Avalanche

The 15th-seeded ’00-’01 Colorado Avalanche

  • David Aebischer (G)
    • 6 GP   0 GS   1-0-0   1.17 GAA   .926 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Rick Berry (D)
    • 19 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   1 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rob Blake (D)
    • 23 GP   6 G   10 A   16 P   +6   76 S   2 GWG   10 PIM   3 Stars
  • Ray Bourque (D)
    • 23 GP   6 G   27* A   33 P   -7   147 S   2 GWG   4 PIM   7 Stars
  • Greg de Vries (D)
    • 23 GP   1 G   10 A   11 P   +11   35 S   0 GWG   18 PIM   0 Stars
  • Adam Deadmarsh (LW)
    • 23 GP   3 G   8 A   11 P   +1   48 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Dingman (LW)
    • 19 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +1   2 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0
  • Chris Drury (C)
    • 23 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   Even   7 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Adam Foote (D)
    • 23 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter Forsberg (C)
    • 23 GP   7 G   10 A   17 P   -4   78 S   1 GWG   10 PIM   12 Stars
  • Milan Hejduk (RW)
    • 23 GP   21 G   24 A   45 P   +18*   148 S   5* GWG   12 PIM   20 Stars
  • Dan Hinote (RW)
    • 23 GP   5 G   7 A   12 P   -6   37 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Jon Klemm (D)
    • 23 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   -11   38 S   0 GWG   12 PIM   0 Stars
  • Aaron Miller (D)
    • 23 GP   4 G   6 A   10 P   +12   26 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ville Nieminen (LW)
    • 23 GP   6 G   7 A   13 P   -5   24 S   2 GWG   6 PIM   2 Stars
  • Scott Parker (RW)
    • 22 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -7   10 S   0 GWG   21* PIM   0 Stars
  • Shjon Podein (LW)
    • 23 GP   6 G   6 A   12 P   -9   40 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Patrick Roy (G)
    • 23 GP   23 GS   13-7-2   4.04 GAA   .872 SV%   0 SO   3 Stars
  • Joe Sakic (C)
    • 23 GP   26* G (5th most in tournament)   26 A   52* P (6th most in tournament)   +18*   182* S (3rd most in tournament)   1 GWG   6 PIM   22* Stars
  • Martin Skoula (D)
    • 19 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Alex Tanguay (LW)
    • 23 GP   11 G   18 A   29 P   +8   67 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   1 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 14-7-2
  • Goals Scored: 104 – 3rd most in tournament
  • Goals/Game: 4.52 – 6th best in tournament
  • Goals Allowed: 100 – 2nd most in tournament
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.35 – 3rd-highest for a team that won at least one round
  • Shots: 965
  • Shots Allowed: 803
  • Shots/Game: 42.0
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 34.9
  • # of PP’s: 39 – 4th most in tournament
  • PPG’s: 13 – T-2nd most in tournament
  • PP%: 33.3% – T-5th best in tournament
  • TSH: 42 – T-4th most in tournament
  • PPGA: 14 – Most in tournament
  • PK%: 66.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 141 – 4th most in tournament

The ’00-’01 Colorado Avalanche were one of my favorite teams to watch ever. I was and always have been on their side of the old Colorado-Detroit rivalry. They were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut and they made a run that clearly out did the franchises representative in the inaugural UNP.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Swept 18th-seeded ’10-’11 Tampa Bay Lightning

Third Round:

Defeated 31st-seeded ’84-’85 Winnipeg Jets in high-scoring seven games

Quarterfinal:

Broke out to a 3-0 series lead and defeated 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres in six games

Semifinal:

Defeated by eventual runners up, the 6th-seeded ’84-’85 Edmonton Oilers in six games

Under the direction of Bob Hartley, the ’00-’01 Avalanche posted a 52-16-10-4 record, which was good for 118 points and 1st in the Northwest Division. They ranked fourth in the league offensively, averaging 3.29 goals per game, and 3rd in the league defensively, allowing just 2.34 goals per game. Hockey Reference ranked Colorado’s strength of schedule 16th out of the league’s 30 teams and their SRS pegged the Avalanche as the 2nd best team in the league. The ’00-’01 Avs’ SRS just barely beat out the ’95-’96 Avs’ for best in franchise history. Colorado was the #1 seed in the Western Conference and began their playoffs by sweeping the Vancouver Canucks. Then, in the Conference Semifinal, it took seven games for the Avs to defeat the Los Angeles Kings before they defeated the St. Louis Blues in five games in the Conference Final. In the Stanley Cup Final, Colorado faced off against an incredibly tough New Jersey Devils team and defeated them in seven games in a classic series. It was Colorado’s second Stanley Cup victory.

Like most of Colorado’s seasons around this time, Joe Sakic was their leading scorer with 118 points. Peter Forsberg finished a distant second with 89 points, but accomplished that in nine fewer games. Sakic, also known as “Burnaby Joe” or “Super Joe,” also led the Avs in goal-scoring with 54 geno’s while Milan Hejduk, who was just 24-years-old at the time, was second with 41 goals. Naturally, Sakic also led Colorado in assists with 64 on the season while Forsberg, or “Foppa,” was a close second with 62 helpers. This was a team that didn’t take too many penalties, so only two players broke the century mark, and both of those players appeared in less than 70 games played. Scott Parker totaled 155 penalties in minutes in just 69 games while Chris Dingman was second with 108 PIM in only 41 games. Obviously, “Casseau,” I mean, Patrick Roy was the starting netminder for Colorado and appeared 62 times with a record of 40-13-7 to go along with a 2.21 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. His numbers were even better during the Cup run as he posted a 1.70 GAA and a .934 SV%. Sakic also posted the team’s highest Point Share at 15.9 while there was a close battle for second between Roy and Hejduk, who posted 10.8 and 10.6 Point Shares, respectively.

Up next are the 14th-seeded ’34-’35 Montreal Maroons!

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