1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs Season
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1998%E2%80%9399 Toronto Maple Leafs Season
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division2nd Northeast
Conference4th Eastern
1998-99 record45-30-7
Home record23-13-5
Road record22-17-2
Goals for268
Goals against231
Team information
General managerKen Dryden
CoachPat Quinn
CaptainMats Sundin
ArenaMaple Leaf Gardens and Air Canada Centre
Team leaders
GoalsSergei Berezin (37)
AssistsMats Sundin (52)
PointsMats Sundin (83)
Penalty minutesTie Domi (198)
Plus/minusAlexander Karpovtsev (+39)
WinsCurtis Joseph (35)
Goals against averageCurtis Joseph (2.56)

The 1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the franchise's 82nd season. Two moves occurred this season. First, the club moved from the Western to the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Secondly, the club moved from Maple Leaf Gardens to the new Air Canada Centre. Toronto qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Buffalo Sabres.

Off-season

The Toronto Maple Leafs moved from the Central Division of the Western Conference to the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.

Regular season

The 1998-99 season was a tremendous improvement for the Maple Leafs over the 1997-98 season and the team got plenty of help from its new members, including Bryan Berard, Sylvain Cote, Curtis Joseph, Alexander Karpovtsev (who led the NHL in plus-minus with +39, but was not eligible for the NHL Plus-Minus Award because he played just 58 games), Yanic Perreault and Steve Thomas (who finished second on the team in points, with 73). Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Pat Quinn replaced Mike Murphy as Toronto's head coach. Six Maple Leafs scored 20 or more goals. Toronto set a club record for most regular season wins (45) and earned 97 points to finish second in the Northeast Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference. They led the NHL in most goals for, with 268, and were the only team to score 200 or more even-strength goals.[1]

On November 12, 1998, the Maple Leafs defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 10-3 away.[2] Mats Sundin recorded a hat trick in the game, which was the first regular season game in which the Leafs had scored ten goals since February 17, 1989, when they defeated the New York Rangers 10-6 away.[3]

Maple Leaf Gardens

  • On February 13, 1999, the Maple Leafs ended a 67-year tradition when they played their last game at Maple Leaf Gardens. The team lost 6-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Former Maple Leaf Doug Gilmour scored a fluke goal in that game and notorious tough guy Bob Probert scored the final NHL goal in Gardens history in the game's third period. During the emotional post-game ceremony, legendary Canadian singer Anne Murray performed "The Maple Leaf Forever" while wearing a Toronto jersey.

Air Canada Centre

Season standings

Northeast Division
R CR GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
1 2 Ottawa Senators 82 44 23 15 239 179 892 103
2 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 45 30 7 268 231 1095 97
3 6 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 214 181 1182 91
4 7 Buffalo Sabres 82 37 28 17 207 175 1561 91
5 11 Montreal Canadiens 82 32 39 11 184 209 1299 75

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Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[5]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 y - New Jersey Devils ATL 82 47 24 11 248 196 105
2 y - Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 23 15 239 179 103
3 y - Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 34 30 18 210 202 86
4 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 45 30 7 268 231 97
5 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 37 26 19 231 196 93
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 214 181 91
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 37 28 17 207 175 91
8 Pittsburgh Penguins ATL 82 38 30 14 242 225 90
9 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 34 18 210 228 78
10 New York Rangers ATL 82 33 38 11 217 227 77
11 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 32 39 11 184 209 75
12 Washington Capitals SE 82 31 45 6 200 218 68
13 New York Islanders ATL 82 24 48 10 194 244 58
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 19 54 9 179 292 47

Divisions: ATL - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

bold - Qualified for playoffs; y - Won division


Schedule and results

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 10, 1998 2-1 Detroit Red Wings (1998-99) 1-0-0
2 W October 13, 1998 3-2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1998-99) 2-0-0
3 W October 16, 1998 7-3 @ Calgary Flames (1998-99) 3-0-0
4 L October 17, 1998 1-4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1998-99) 3-1-0
5 T October 19, 1998 2-2 OT Nashville Predators (1998-99) 3-1-1
6 W October 23, 1998 5-3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1998-99) 4-1-1
7 W October 24, 1998 6-4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1998-99) 5-1-1
8 L October 26, 1998 0-2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1998-99) 5-2-1
9 L October 30, 1998 1-4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1998-99) 5-3-1
10 L October 31, 1998 3-6 Buffalo Sabres (1998-99) 5-4-1
11 W November 4, 1998 3-0 Colorado Avalanche (1998-99) 6-4-1
12 L November 5, 1998 1-4 @ Boston Bruins (1998-99) 6-5-1
13 T November 7, 1998 6-6 OT New York Rangers (1998-99) 6-5-2
14 L November 9, 1998 1-3 New York Islanders (1998-99) 6-6-2
15 W November 11, 1998 3-2 Edmonton Oilers (1998-99) 7-6-2
16 W November 12, 1998 10-3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1998-99) 8-6-2
17 W November 14, 1998 2-1 Ottawa Senators (1998-99) 9-6-2
18 L November 18, 1998 1-4 @ Washington Capitals (1998-99) 9-7-2
19 L November 20, 1998 1-4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1998-99) 9-8-2
20 W November 21, 1998 2-1 Buffalo Sabres (1998-99) 10-8-2
21 W November 23, 1998 3-2 Calgary Flames (1998-99) 11-8-2
22 W November 25, 1998 5-1 Vancouver Canucks (1998-99) 12-8-2
23 L November 27, 1998 3-4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1998-99) 12-9-2
24 W November 28, 1998 3-2 OT Ottawa Senators (1998-99) 13-9-2
25 W December 2, 1998 3-1 Los Angeles Kings (1998-99) 14-9-2
26 W December 5, 1998 4-3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1998-99) 15-9-2
27 L December 7, 1998 2-6 @ New York Rangers (1998-99) 15-10-2
28 W December 11, 1998 3-2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1998-99) 16-10-2
29 L December 12, 1998 0-3 Philadelphia Flyers (1998-99) 16-11-2
30 W December 16, 1998 5-2 Phoenix Coyotes (1998-99) 17-11-2
31 W December 19, 1998 7-4 New York Rangers (1998-99) 18-11-2
32 W December 21, 1998 7-1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1998-99) 19-11-2
33 L December 23, 1998 1-5 Dallas Stars (1998-99) 19-12-2
34 L December 26, 1998 1-2 Montreal Canadiens (1998-99) 19-13-2
35 W December 30, 1998 4-1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1998-99) 20-13-2
36 W December 31, 1998 4-2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1998-99) 21-13-2
37 L January 2, 1999 2-5 Washington Capitals (1998-99) 21-14-2
38 W January 4, 1999 5-4 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1998-99) 22-14-2
39 L January 7, 1999 1-2 @ Boston Bruins (1998-99) 22-15-2
40 W January 9, 1999 6-3 Boston Bruins (1998-99) 23-15-2
41 W January 12, 1999 4-3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1998-99) 24-15-2
42 T January 13, 1999 3-3 OT @ Florida Panthers (1998-99) 24-15-3
43 W January 16, 1999 4-3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1998-99) 25-15-3
44 L January 18, 1999 2-4 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1998-99) 25-16-3
45 W January 20, 1999 6-4 @ Dallas Stars (1998-99) 26-16-3
46 W January 21, 1999 4-2 @ St. Louis Blues (1998-99) 27-16-3
47 L January 28, 1999 0-6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1998-99) 27-17-3
48 W January 30, 1999 5-3 Washington Capitals (1998-99) 28-17-3
49 W February 2, 1999 3-0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1998-99) 29-17-3
50 L February 3, 1999 2-5 @ Florida Panthers (1998-99) 29-18-3
51 W February 6, 1999 3-2 @ New Jersey Devils (1998-99) 30-18-3
52 L February 10, 1999 5-6 Carolina Hurricanes (1998-99) 30-19-3
53 L February 13, 1999 2-6 Chicago Blackhawks (1998-99) 30-20-3
54 T February 15, 1999 3-3 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1998-99) 30-20-4
55 W February 17, 1999 3-2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1998-99) 31-20-4
56 W February 20, 1999 3-2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1998-99) 32-20-4
57 L February 22, 1999 3-4 @ Washington Capitals (1998-99) 32-21-4
58 T February 24, 1999 2-2 OT Carolina Hurricanes (1998-99) 32-21-5
59 W February 25, 1999 4-1 @ New York Islanders (1998-99) 33-21-5
60 W February 27, 1999 4-1 Florida Panthers (1998-99) 34-21-5
61 L March 3, 1999 2-5 New Jersey Devils (1998-99) 34-22-5
62 W March 4, 1999 4-0 @ St. Louis Blues (1998-99) 35-22-5
63 L March 6, 1999 1-3 @ Ottawa Senators (1998-99) 35-23-5
64 L March 8, 1999 2-3 OT @ New York Rangers (1998-99) 35-24-5
65 W March 9, 1999 6-1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1998-99) 36-24-5
66 W March 11, 1999 2-1 @ New York Islanders (1998-99) 37-24-5
67 L March 13, 1999 1-2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1998-99) 37-25-5
68 L March 17, 1999 1-4 Boston Bruins (1998-99) 37-26-5
69 W March 20, 1999 3-1 New Jersey Devils (1998-99) 38-26-5
70 L March 22, 1999 1-3 Philadelphia Flyers (1998-99) 38-27-5
71 L March 24, 1999 5-8 San Jose Sharks (1998-99) 38-28-5
72 W March 26, 1999 7-2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1998-99) 39-28-5
73 T March 27, 1999 2-2 OT Boston Bruins (1998-99) 39-28-6
74 W March 31, 1999 6-5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1998-99) 40-28-6
75 W April 1, 1999 5-1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1998-99) 41-28-6
76 W April 3, 1999 5-1 @ Calgary Flames (1998-99) 42-28-6
77 T April 5, 1999 2-2 OT St. Louis Blues (1998-99) 42-28-7
78 W April 7, 1999 4-2 Ottawa Senators (1998-99) 43-28-7
79 L April 8, 1999 1-3 @ Ottawa Senators (1998-99) 43-29-7
80 W April 10, 1999 9-1 Florida Panthers (1998-99) 44-29-7
81 W April 14, 1999 3-2 OT New York Islanders (1998-99) 45-29-7
82 L April 17, 1999 2-3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1998-99) 45-30-7

Player statistics

Regular season

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mats Sundin 82 31 52 83 58 22 4 0 6
Steve Thomas 78 28 45 73 33 26 11 0 7
Sergei Berezin 76 37 22 59 12 16 9 1 4
Derek King 81 24 28 52 20 15 8 0 4
Igor Korolev 66 13 34 47 46 11 1 0 2
Mike Johnson 79 20 24 44 35 13 5 3 2
Steve Sullivan 63 20 20 40 28 12 4 0 5
Fredrik Modin 67 16 15 31 35 14 1 0 3
Garry Valk 77 8 21 29 53 8 1 0 0
Sylvain Cote 79 5 24 29 28 22 0 0 1
Dmitri Yushkevich 78 6 22 28 88 25 2 1 0
Alexander Karpovtsev 56 2 25 27 52 38 1 0 1
Alyn McCauley 39 9 15 24 2 7 1 0 1
Tie Domi 72 8 14 22 198 5 0 0 1
Tomas Kaberle 57 4 18 22 12 3 0 0 2
Todd Warriner 53 9 10 19 28 -6 1 0 1
Bryan Berard 38 5 14 19 22 7 2 0 2
Yanic Perreault 12 7 8 15 12 10 2 1 2
Jason Smith 60 2 11 13 40 -9 0 0 0
Danny Markov 57 4 8 12 47 5 0 0 0
Yannick Tremblay 35 2 7 9 16 0 0 0 0
Darby Hendrickson 35 2 3 5 30 -4 0 0 0
Curtis Joseph 67 0 5 5 6 0 0 0 0
Kris King 67 2 2 4 105 -16 0 1 1
Ladislav Kohn 16 1 3 4 4 1 0 0 0
Lonny Bohonos 7 3 0 3 4 3 0 0 0
Dallas Eakins 18 0 2 2 24 3 0 0 0
Chris McAllister 20 0 2 2 39 4 0 0 0
Kevyn Adams 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Dahl 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Glenn Healy 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Podollan 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Felix Potvin 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Reese 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Curtis Joseph 4001 67 35 24 7 171 2.56 3 1903 1732 .910
Glenn Healy 546 9 6 3 0 27 2.97 0 257 230 .895
Felix Potvin 299 5 3 2 0 19 3.81 0 142 123 .866
Jeff Reese 106 2 1 1 0 8 4.53 0 51 43 .843
Team: 4952 82 45 30 7 225 2.73 3 2353 2128 .904

Playoffs

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Mats Sundin 17 8 8 16 16 3 0 2
Sergei Berezin 17 6 6 12 4 2 0 2
Steve Thomas 17 6 3 9 12 2 0 1
Lonny Bohonos 9 3 6 9 2 0 0 0
Yanic Perreault 17 3 6 9 6 0 0 2
Bryan Berard 17 1 8 9 8 1 0 0
Garry Valk 17 3 4 7 22 0 0 1
Steve Sullivan 13 3 3 6 14 2 0 0
Dmitri Yushkevich 17 1 5 6 22 1 0 0
Danny Markov 17 0 6 6 18 0 0 0
Mike Johnson 17 3 2 5 4 0 0 1
Alexander Karpovtsev 14 1 3 4 12 1 0 0
Derek King 16 1 3 4 4 0 0 0
Sylvain Cote 17 2 1 3 10 0 0 0
Tomas Kaberle 14 0 3 3 2 0 0 0
Kris King 17 1 1 2 25 0 0 0
Kevyn Adams 7 0 2 2 14 0 0 0
Tie Domi 14 0 2 2 24 0 0 0
Adam Mair 5 1 0 1 14 0 0 0
Chris McAllister 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Dallas Eakins 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Glenn Healy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curtis Joseph 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Ladislav Kohn 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
Igor Korolev 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fredrik Modin 8 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Todd Warriner 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Curtis Joseph 1011 17 9 8 41 2.43 1 440 399 .907
Glenn Healy 20 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 5 5 1.000
Team: 1031 17 9 8 41 2.39 1 445 404 .908

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

Transactions

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1998-99 season.

Trades

Waivers

October 5, 1998 From St. Louis Blues
Kevin Dahl

Expansion Draft

Free agents

Playoffs

Eastern Conference Finals

The Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres met in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Maple Leafs were coming off a six-game series win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Sabres were coming off a six-game series win themselves, over the Boston Bruins. Toronto was having its best playoff since 1994, when they last made a Conference Final series. Buffalo, meanwhile, was in the third round for the second consecutive year.

With the series victory, the Sabres advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 24 years.

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

Roster

Awards and honors

  • Curtis Joseph, Runner-up, Vezina Trophy.
  • Curtis Joseph, Runner-up, Lester B. Trophy.
  • Pat Quinn, Runner-Up, Jack Adams Trophy.[7]

Draft picks

Toronto's draft picks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft held at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 10 Nik Antropov  Kazakhstan Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan)
2 35 Petr Svoboda  Czech Republic BK Havlí?k?v Brod (Czech Republic)
3 69 Jamie Hodson  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
4 87 Alexei Ponikarovsky  Ukraine Dynamo Moscow-2 (Russia)
5 126 Morgan Warren  Canada Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
6 154 Allan Rourke  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
7 181 Jonathan Gagnon  Canada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
8 215 Dwight Wolfe  Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8 228 Michal Travnicek  Czech Republic Chemopetrol Litvínov (Czech Republic)
9 236 Sergei Rostov  Russia Dynamo Moscow-2 (Russia)

References

Bibliography
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Toronto: Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Maple Leafs on Hockey Database

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