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10-09-2011, 09:10 AM
nik jr
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i had never heard this before, but '30 also had a new anti-defense rule. players were not allowed to cross the defensive blueline before the puck.

Originally Posted by Calgary Herald: 11-15-1929
Flock of Goals and Much Confusion for Big League Opening

The great experiment of the NHL met with some success and much confusion in its first test as the circuit opened the 1929-30 season. One aim of the new code of rules, to increase scoring, was attained without much trouble. But misunderstandings about the new defence rule brought an unexpected number of penalties.

The four games which opened the season last night saw a total of 20 goals scored and two of the contests resulted in deadlocks. The penalty total was far higher, 88 fouls being committed by the 8 teams. The battles between the New York Rangers and Montreal Maroons and between the Canadiens of Montreal and the Ottawa Senators brought the most penalties, 26 each. Boston and Detroit were penalized 20 times, while Chicago and Toronto got off with 16.
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Originally Posted by Calgary Daily Herald: 11-18-1929
Superiority in using the forward pass in all zones, and ability to keep from incurring penalties as a result of violating the anti-defense rule, marked the Bruins victory. They suffered but 1 penalty for crossing their defense blue line ahead of the puck, whereas the locals were penalized 5 times for this violation and it undoubtedly contributed considerably to their defeat.

'30 bruins were 38-5-1.
3 of those losses were to chicago in chicago.

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