Richard’s points total adds an as­sist

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS -

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.

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