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Many years ago, when mastodons roamed the earth and the permafrost extended south to Tampa Bay, fifty goal scorers were as common as hot goalies in the playoffs. You could safely count on a few every year.
But since the dreaded neutral-zone trap prompted a thawing of the ice caps and a cessation of unchecked glacial expansion in North America, fifty goal scorers have joined polar bears as species endangered by the abrupt climate shift.
But last night, we saw hope that once more goals will come in abundance, that teams will value speed and shooting touch again, that our long National (Hockey League) nightmare is over and scoring sanity is coming back. Stevie Stamkos hit the nifty fifty again.
Below the fold, we’ll place Stamkos’ achievement in context
While the neutral-zone trap didn’t cause the last ice age to end, it certainly slowed the pace of prolific scoring. Fifty goal seasons are not im...