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Grand moments

March 24th, 1928
MORENZ MAKES IT 50
On March 24, 1928, in the final game of the regular season, Howie Morenz broke new NHL ground in a 4-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Going into the game with five hat tricks to his credit, he had already piled up 33 goals in 43 games. Picking up two assists in the final encounter, his 17th and 18th of the campaign, the “Stratford Streak” became the first NHLer to break the 50-point barrier. His 18 assists were also enough to tie the league record set the previous year by Chicago Blackhawks forward Dick Irvin.

Playing alongside Aurèle Joliat and Art Gagné on the league’s most feared offensive trio, Morenz capped his evening by winning the first of three NHL scoring titles and was later awarded the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.