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NHL players start to adapt to new head shot ban

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NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL's new rule banning blindside hits to the head is called "Rule 48."

It easily could be named after victims David Booth and Marc Savard, or offenders Mike Richards and Matt Cooke, who might be the last players to get away with it unscathed.

For the first time, a lateral or blindside hit on an opponent in which the head is targeted or is the main area of impact will not only be subject to supplemental discipline, but a major penalty and ejection from the game.

Players have had only last season's playoffs and one exhibition season to alter their play and keep their shoulders away from the head when they hit an unsuspecting opponent.

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