Paul Martin poked a little fun at his game.

This was after the 4-2 win at home Wednesday night against Ottawa. The Penguins defenseman had two assists in that game but also three minor penalties.

"I was hoping to get one more [assist] to even out the penalties," he said, with a slight smile.

Then, he allowed a little frustration to creep into his voice.

"That's not typical of me to be in the box so much, but the [penalty] kill did a good job," Martin said. "They're tough calls when someone trips over your stick or gets caught up with you."

Martin didn't seem to smile much last season, but he hasn't found a lot of reasons to be downcast this time around. Last season, he struggled to maintain the level of play that prompted Penguins general manager Ray Shero to sign him to a five-year, $25 million free-agent contract in July 2010. Now, he has rediscovered his game.

He is part of a shutdown pairing with Brooks Orpik and has been strong since he was moved to the top power-play unit while Kris Letang was hurt. He remained on one point on the top unit at practice Saturday at First Niagara Center.