Stat correction boosts Maurice Richard's career point total

Reuters

Revisionist history is apparently real.

Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice 'Rocket' Richard has been credited with one more assist, nearly 72 years after he scored the point.

The correction comes after the NHL's official ledger realized its omission upon reviewing the scoresheet from a Nov. 4, 1945 contest between the Canadiens and Boston Bruins. In the game, Richard picked up an assist on a goal by Toe Blake, for which he's now receiving credit.

The added assist boosts Richard's career total to 966 points. He sits 93rd in all-time NHL scoring, now (an adjusted) six points behind the recently retired Shane Doan. The closest active player is Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who sits 107th with 904 career points.

Richard, whose name is honored in the award bestowed on the NHL's top goal scorer, spent 18 seasons with the Canadiens through the 1940s and 1950s, winning eight Stanley Cups, and the Hart Trophy in 1947.

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