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Grand moments

November 8th, 1952
On November 8, 1952, 10 years to the day after notching his first NHL goal, Maurice Richard took advantage of a visiting Chicago Blackhawks team to become the NHL’s all-time top marksman.

Held in check for three games since potting his 324th career goal, tying him for the lead with Nels Stewart, Richard’s backhand shot halfway through the second period beat goaltender Al Rollins. The puck slowly slid into the cage behind the Chicago netminder, as Richard lit the lamp for a 325th time.

“The Rocket” now stood alone on the top rung of the NHL’s all-time scoring list. While it took Stewart 650 games to put his 324 goals into the record book, the tempestuous Canadiens forward only needed 530 to surpass him.

Retiring with 544 career goals, Richard headed the league’s all-time scorers list until November 1963, when he was dethroned by long-time Detroit Red Wings rival, Gordie Howe.