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05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
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Anyone who is interested in 1930s hockey should check out the extremely detailed recaps of Red Wings games from the Border Cities Star.

I've been reading them for the playoffs games, not sure if they had them in the regular season.

Here are three examples, from the 1934 Detroit vs Toronto playoff series.

March 27
, March 29, March 31

Some things I learned from here:

Even strength
Shifts were about 3 or 4 minutes long for forward lines, could be shorter at times. For example, in one game both teams started their second lines, Sorrell-Goodfellow-Wiseman vs Boll-Thoms-Kilrea. First shift was about 3 minutes. Then it was Weiland, Lewis, Aurie vs Conacher, Primeau, Jackson. About 7 minutes in it was Marker-Moffat-Carrigan vs Cotton-Sands-Blair.

There was definitely line matching going on. Jackson-Primeau-Conacher was going against Lewis-Weiland-Aurie the whole series. Some quotes:
The customers were treated to a scrappy battle of speed and checking as the rival lines, Primeau, Jackson, and Conacher, and Aurie, Lewis, and Weiland fought it out in centre ice.
The Jackson-Primeau-Conacher line devoted more attention to checking than in any game this season. The recent scoring threat of the Detroit line of Weiland, Aurie, and Lewis gave them chores they hadn't been accustomed to because of their own goal activities this season. And they handled their new assignment well.
Weiland, Lewis, and Aurie were making a great job of the tough assignment of watching Jackson, Primeau, and Conacher. Not once did the sniping invaders break away from them.
Weiland, Lewis and Aurie came out to face the celebrated marksmen, Jackson, Conacher, and Primeau.
It seems that both coaches were OK with the matchup. Although at one point
Irvin and Adams were engaged in a spirited duel of wits as they changed forward lines at short intervals.
Also, in one third period it mentions that Jackson-Blair-Sands was against Carrigan-Moffatt-Aurie. The Aurie-Jackson matchup was still on - most likely one coach was trying to free up his star winger and the other kept the matchup.

For whatever reason both coaches started their second lines in every period. Starr-Goodfellow-Wiseman vs Boll-Thoms-Kilrea.

Special teams
Detroit used five forwards - their "famous five-man forward attack". Goodfellow, Sorrell, Lewis, Weiland, Aurie. At one point it mentions Goodfellow knocking a puck down at the blue line and passing it down low to Sorrell - sounds as if Goodfellow at least was playing the point. Carson also filled in for Sorrell a couple of times, as Sorrell missed a game in the series with a leg injury.

On the penalty kill, Lewis-Aurie-Buswell-Graham was the usual lineup for Detroit. Weiland and Goodfellow were also used once.

Toronto also used five forwards. Conacher, Blair, Cotton, Primeau, and Doraty. Busher Jackson was struggling with a leg injury, which may have been why he didn't see power play time, although he did jump on for Cotton at one point when the first 30 seconds of the man advantage was a "scramble". Ken Doraty wasn't part of Toronto's regular three lines. At 5'7" and 133 lbs, he may have been one of the first power play specialists.

Toronto's penalty kill was mentioned several times. These lineups were

Horner - Day - Kilrea - Cotton
Horner - Clancy - Kilrea - Cotton
Levinsky - Day - Cotton - Kilrea

and once Joe Primeau had a chance shorthanded, the others weren't listed.

Late-game strategy

Dick Irvin sent out four forwards with four minutes left to play. Primeau, Jackson, and Conacher had Sands as an additional helper. Hap Day was back on the defense. Weiland, Lewis, Aurie, Young, and Buswell were the defenders.

Cotton, Blair, Doraty, and Primeau were the forwards for Leafs with two minutes to play. Horner was the lone defenseman. With one minute to go, Kilrea replaced Horner.

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