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"The Rocket" first to score 50 goals in a season

Updated: March 12, 2002, 10:16 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

March 18, 1945

It's the Montreal Canadiens' 50th -- and final -- game of the season and their star right wing, Maurice Richard, needs a goal to become the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season.

There's less than three minutes left in the game in Boston and "The Rocket" still is stuck on 49. But with 2:15 remaining, the fiery Richard takes a pass from Elmer Lach and scores to achieve the milestone.

Richard's goal ties the game 2-2 and Montreal goes on to ...

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