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05-20-2005, 10:00 PM
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Benton Fraser asked: "I really had no idea they had to split the last period into two seperate halves. Does anyone know the logic behind this rule?"

The 1972 Summit Series was being played under IIHF international rules, which stated at the time that after the first 10 minutes of the third period or overtime period of games, teams have to change ends of the ice. A horn or buzzer would go off at the 10:00 minute mark of the 3rd period to stop play on the ice.

If you recall these same rules were in place during the 1976 inaugural Canada Cup and it even cost Team Canada a goal during Game 2 of the finals against Czechoslovakia. In OT, Canada scored a goal just as the 10 minute buzzer to change sides of the ice went off resulting in a disallowed goal.

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