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Grand moments

March 21st, 1948
On March 21, 1948, thanks to a three-point night against Chicago the previous evening, Elmer Lach entered the last game of the regular season against Boston with 59 points, only one behind New York’s Buddy O’Connor, who led all NHLers.

By the time the teams headed for their dressing rooms after the first period, the Canadiens' center had caught up to O’Connor by burying a Doug Harvey pass behind Frank Brimsek.

After an uneventful middle frame, the Lach-Harvey connection hit pay dirt a second time early in the third. Once again, it was Harvey to Lach for the goal, scored at the 1:26 mark.

With 30 goals and 31 assists in 1947-48, the “Punch Line” pivot won the inaugural Art Ross Trophy. Named for and donated to the NHL by the Boston GM and former star player, it has since been awarded annually to the NHL’s top scorer.

The game finished with Boston coming out on the winning end of a 4-3 decision.