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11-22-2012, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Malone really gets a lot of mileage out of the fact that his career season was the first year after the NHA officially became the NHL. So his great season counts towards official NHL stats, but previous great seasons don't.

One thing to remember when it comes to goal scoring stats of that era is that star players played the full 60 minutes.
By previous great seasons you mean the two other times he scored 40 goals in 20 or less games? None of his peers were scoring at that pace in any year in any league. Not Lalonde and not Taylor.

As far as playing 60 minutes, if you actually haul ass for 60 minutes you deserve all the benefits for doing so. I think that's an accomplishment in itself. It was a slower game back then but being on the ice for 60 minutes is still torturous.

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