Richard’s points total adds an assist
MONTREAL — It’s not as if any great injustice was done, but Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice (Rocket) Richard getting an assist added to his prodigious NHL scoring totals. Six years of poring over scoresheets and summaries of games between 1917 and 1987 by an NHL statistics team has found and fixed more than 6,000 bits of information that were overlooked or misregistered in the league’s early eras. Among the finds was an assist on a Toe Blake goal at 10:15 of the second period of a 6-5 Boston Bruins victory over Montreal on Nov. 4, 1945, during a time when the Punch Line of Richard, Blake and Elmer Lach was terrorizing the league. The scoresheet that night, in handwriting akin to hen scratching, correctly had Richard with the lone assist. But when it was transcribed into the league’s official ledger, it was given to Emile (Butch) Bouchard.