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Grand moments

March 17th, 1932
MORENZ TAKES OVER
When he hit the ice against the New York Americans on March 17, 1932, Howie Morenz stood second all-time among NHL scorers. Ahead of him, with a career total of 333 points, was former Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins star, Cy Denneny.

The “Stratford Streak” had joined Denneny in top spot by the time the team left the ice following the first period, assisting on Nick Wasnie’s goal and then scoring his 22nd of the season.

Three minutes and 16 seconds into the second period, Morenz became the NHL all-time leading scorer, thanks to an assist on linemate Johnny Gagnon’s goal. Extending his record even further, he added a third assist later in the game, which ended in a 10-4 Canadiens victory.

Morenz remained the NHL’s all-time scoring leader until 1938-39 when Nels Stewart, then with the Americans, surpassed his career total of 472 points.