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Grand moments

March 22nd, 1959
THE MOORE THE BETTER
On March 22, 1959, the last regular season game for the Canadiens was scheduled against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, a date that coincided with Dickie Moore’s attempt to rewrite the record book.

Moore, who had captured the NHL scoring title the previous season despite finishing the campaign with a cast on a broken wrist, once again stood on the top rung of the league’s scoring ladder. In the 69 games he had played so far, “Digging Dickie” had amassed 40 goals and 54 assists. The gritty Moore needed only one more point to tie the record set by Gordie Howe in 1952-53 and he had one game left to get it.

The combative left winger kept his appointment with the NHL record book. The Habs’ No. 12 put a goal past Gump Worsley to pull even with Howe, before adding an assist to raise the single season record to 96 points.

Moore held the title for seven seasons until Bobby Hull’s 97-point campaign in 1965-66, and reigned as the Canadiens top single-season point-getter until 1974-75, when Guy Lafleur assumed the top spot.