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November 21, 1942, NHL Ends Overtime

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November 21, 1942, NHL Ends Overtime

November 21, 1942, app seven games into the 1942-43 NHL season, president Frank Calder announced that the league was ending regular season overtime if teams were drawn after regulation time:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3974%2C3705366

Reasons given were wartime travel restrictions and complications. The NHL did not resume overtime after WWII and overtime only returned at the start of the 1983-84 season.

In this thread we will focus on NHL regular season overtime from the start of the league - 1917-18 season until November 21, 1942.

Will look on the various formats, the differences between regular season and playoff overtime plus the consequences.

The overtime format at the start of the 1942-43 NHL season was 10 minute - not sudden death. If the game was still tied after 10 minutes of overtime or if each team scored the same number of goals, it went into the records as a tie. Overtime scoring was not limited to one goal in the regular season. Evidenced by the November 10, 1942 Rangers 5-3 win over the Blackhawks:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3980%2C1922758

The 1942-43 NHL season, 21 games had been played prior to November 21, 1942. Fortunately the few overtime wins that teams scored before the rule chamge did not impact the final league standings.

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1934-35 NHL Season

1934-35 NHL season, 8 teams, 48 games produced 27 ties in 216 league game.

Some of the games decided in OT saw multiple goals scored:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6615%2C385655

3-2 Canadiens win over St. Louis saw 3 overtime goals scored.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...6817%2C2085295

4-2 Rangers win sees two overtime goals scored.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4889%2C1168421

Two overtime games 2-2 and 3-1 produce four overtime goals.

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^^^ Ive searched the web & really cant find anything substantive as in when did the NHL institute non-sudden death over-time play during the regular season & why? Were tie games considered unacceptable unless one more shortened 10 minute period was played, and even if both teams scored again for a tie then thats what we wound up with, but at least they "tried" I guess huh? Interesting having grown up with ties, despising over-time & most assuredly the absurdity of shootouts, the notion of it not being perfectly fine n' dandy just seems an alien concept. That a draw is unacceptable... what goes around comes around. Over-time & a Salary Cap in the 1930's.

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^^^ Ive searched the web & really cant find anything substantive as in when did the NHL institute non-sudden death over-time play during the regular season & why? Were tie games considered unacceptable unless one more shortened 10 minute period was played, and even if both teams scored again for a tie then thats what we wound up with, but at least they "tried" I guess huh? Interesting having grown up with ties, despising over-time & most assuredly the absurdity of shootouts, the notion of it not being perfectly fine n' dandy just seems an alien concept. That a draw is unacceptable... what goes around comes around. Over-time & a Salary Cap in the 1930's.
Overtime predates the NHL. Carried over from the NHA. From 1917 to November 1942 then from 1983 onwards, the NHL featured overtime. Majority of the seasons saw overtime games.

O6 era was tie friendly. Teams played each other 10, then 12, then 14 times during the regular season so ties were not going to influence standings significantly.

Playoffs were another matter and the idea that a game had to be decided instead of first to eight points series had merit as the series had to end in seven games.

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Original NHL OT rule was unlimited time sudden death.

In 1921-22 it was limited to 20 minutes of OT, still sudden death.

In 1927-28 it was changed to 10 minutes of sudden death.

It was changed to a full 10 minutes non-sudden death in 1928-29.

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Original NHL OT rule was unlimited time sudden death.

In 1921-22 it was limited to 20 minutes of OT, still sudden death.

In 1927-28 it was changed to 10 minutes of sudden death.

It was changed to a full 10 minutes non-sudden death in 1928-29.
Thank you for the info.

From your SOG research did the change to non sudden deathovertime open up the game?

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