On the night Markham's Steven Stamkos further entrenched his status as a bona fide NHL superstar at the tender young age of 22, a banner in the lower deck of the Tampa Bay Times Forum proved to be a real sign of the times.

"I drove from Ontario to see Stamkos score 50," it blared.

Good decision by the author, wasn't it?

Had he wanted to, the owner of that placard could have motored his way down from Canada to the east coast of Florida to see Ontario's whipping boys, the Maple Leafs, fumble and bumble their way to a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Tuesday night, dropping their record in the past 17 games to a mediocre 2-13-2.

Instead, the choice of going to Tampa paid off handsomely for The Sign Man as Stamkos scored twice in a 6-1 thrashing of the Boston Bruins, reaching the 50-goal plateau for the second time in his infant career.

This is the same Steven Stamkos who grew up north of Toronto idolizing the Leafs.