The goals keep coming
Normally, at this time of year, what you see is hockey's great disappearing act. Super-human goaltenders, tight checking and terrific defence, all conspiring against those trying to put the puck in the net.
Often the goals are ugly in the postseason, knuckle-pucks that deflect off a shin pad and through a maze of legs and somehow find a way in. And it doesn't happen with regularity.
This year's been a bit different.
Fifty-seven games into the 2008 playoffs, and goal-scoring hasn't dried up at all. In fact, it's right where we left it in the regular season, a 5.44 goals per game pace that, by playoff standards, is pretty darn high.
I've only put together figures for the past seven years, but those alone are telling:
In the six seasons leading up to this year, the playoffs averaged 0.62 goals per game less than the regular season, a dip of about 11.5 per cent. These playoffs, at least so far (and we're at about the two-thirds mark in terms of games played), little's changed.
After a pretty low-scoring season, it's been an abnormally high-scoring postseason.
Now, why is that?