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Howie Morenz sets NHL goal scoring mark

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

Dec. 23, 1933

Montreal center Howie Morenz, known in his youth for his blazing speed and rink-long dashes, sets the NHL's record for most goals when he scores his 247th. With 30 seconds left in the Canadiens' 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Montreal, the 31-year-old son of a railroad man leaves Cy Denneny, with whom he was tied, in his tracks.

On Jan. 28, 1937, Morenz will be checked feet-first into the boards and rushed to the hospital with a badly broken leg. Instead of recuperating, Morenz will suffer a nervous breakdown and then develop heart trouble. On March 8, he will die at the age of 36.

He will score 270 goals in 550 games in his 14-year career.