Regular season[edit | edit source]

Ottawa continued in financial trouble and sold Punch Broadbent to the New York Americans. They continued to erode, and at one point, rumour had it that they would be sold to a Chicago group. Frank Ahearn, the Senators owner, denied this, but admitted that the team was for sale to the highest bidder.

The New York Americans, last place finishers in 1927–28, surprised everyone by occupying first place for much of the season in the Canadian Division. They were held up by the great play of defenceman Lionel Conacher and goaltender Roy Worters. However, the Montreal Canadiens dislodged the Americans and finished first. Boston, led by rookie Tiny Thompson in goal, led the American Division.

Bruins' player George Owen was the first NHL player to regularly wear headgear for protective purposes. Prior to this, the only time protective headgear was worn was to temporarily protect injuries. Fifty-one years later the NHL mandated the use of helmets. Craig MacTavish was the last NHL player to not wear a helmet, retiring in 1997.

The Chicago Black Hawks set records for goal scoring futility, scoring on average less than one goal per game (33), while giving up a league worst 85 goals against. In one stretch from February 7 through February 28, the Hawks were shut out in eight consecutive games.[1] Forward Vic Ripley was the Hawks' leading goal scorer with only 11 goals and 2 assists for 13 points for the entire 44-game season.[2]

The season produced a record 120 shutouts in the 220 games played. George Hainsworth, Canadiens goaltender, set an NHL record that remains unmatched through the 2015–16 season of 22 shutouts and a 0.92 goals against average. Seven other goaltenders hit double digits in shutouts.[1]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division
Montreal Canadiens 44 22 7 15 71 43 59
New York Americans 44 19 13 12 53 53 50
Toronto Maple Leafs 44 21 18 5 85 69 47
Ottawa Senators 44 14 17 13 54 67 41
Montreal Maroons 44 15 20 9 67 65 39

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

American Division
Boston Bruins 44 26 13 5 89 52 57
New York Rangers 44 21 13 10 72 65 52
Detroit Cougars 44 19 16 9 72 63 47
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 9 27 8 46 80 26
Chicago Black Hawks 44 7 29 8 33 85 22

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

The playoff format was revised to match the divisional first-place teams in a best-of-five semifinal. The divisional second-place teams and third-place teams played off in a two-game total-goals series to determine the participants for the other best-of-three semifinal. The semifinal winners then played off in a best-of-three series for the Cup.

Playoff bracket[edit | edit source]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Stanley Cup Final
  C1  Mtl Canadiens 0  
    A1  Boston 3  
    A1  Boston 2
  A2  NY Rangers 0
  C2  NY Americans 0G  
A2  NY Rangers 1G  
A2  NY Rangers 2
    C3  Toronto 0  
C3  Toronto 7G
  A3  Detroit 2G  

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

(A2) New York Rangers vs. (C2) New York Americans[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers won series on total goals 1–0

(C3) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (A3) Detroit Cougars[edit | edit source]

Toronto won the series on total goals 7–2

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(C1) Montreal Canadiens vs. (A1) Boston Bruins[edit | edit source]

Boston won series 3–0

(A2) New York Rangers vs. (C3) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit | edit source]

New York won series 2–0

Stanley Cup Finals[edit | edit source]

The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup defeating the Rangers. In the process, Boston became one of the few Cup winners in history to not lose a single game in the playoffs, and the last team until 1952 to go undefeated in the playoffs.

Boston won series 2–0
  1. 1.0 1.1 Dryden 2000, p. 31.
  2. MacFarlane, Brian. Worst NHL Team Ever. Retrieved on November 11, 2011.
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