Silver stubble is showing in places after Martin St. Louis shaved his head for a recent charity event. The right side of his lower lip has a hamburger quality. And, if he were to pull back his upper lip, you might be able to see his recent repair work.

That would be a double root canal performed late Wednesday night on his upper front teeth after the Tampa Bay winger got hit by the stick of Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek in the Penguins' 3-0 win in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

"It's never fun to go the dentist, game day or non-game day. But it's hockey," St. Louis said Thursday after shrugging off the damage and practicing with his teammates at Consol Energy Center.

"I didn't get home at 3 o'clock or anything, but it was definitely my latest dentist appointment," St. Louis said.

St. Louis, 35, finished second in NHL scoring in the regular season with 99 points and has been a tough, productive player for the Lightning for more than a decade, helping the club win the 2004 Stanley Cup.

Seeing him return to Game 1 after some treatment for his mouth on the bench, then seeing him practice in spite of the injury and knowing what he means to the club could be just the spark Tampa Bay needs for Game 2 tonight at Consol Energy Center.

"You don't want to play just out of frustration; you want to play smart and controlled," said captain and linemate Vincent Lecavalier. "But we'll rally around him."