Marty St. Louis thought for a moment before describing as "swagger" that little extra something in his game.

On second thought, he said, "I guess I shouldn't call it that. That's too arrogant."

But the Lightning left wing couldn't come up with a suitable alternative and finally said, "I just take it personal. Even when I know I'm playing well, I'm trying to find answers in my game."

The way he's going, he should sign up for a game show.

St. Louis has four goals and nine assists in a nine-game point streak that is the league's longest active. And without much notice, he has moved to third in the league with 75 points on 24 goals and 51 assists.

St. Louis is three points behind linemate Steve Stamkos for the team lead and was four behind Vancouver's Daniel Sedin for the league lead entering Tuesday.

And how about this: His 54 blocked shots entered Tuesday 13th in the league among forwards.

"He's just getting older," Stamkos said. "He can't get out of the way as quick."

Stamkos was joking, but he raised a legitimate question. How can a 35-year-old player get stronger as a year goes on and, as coach Guy Boucher noted, play his best hockey of the season?

"He feels the last stretch coming," Boucher said. "He hasn't been in a (playoff) series in three years. He hasn't won a series in six years, and he's tasted what it is to win. He smells the beast now. That's what's happening."

Consider Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

Vinny Lecavalier's booming one-timer provided the third-period winner. But St. Louis had a goal and an assist, two blocked shots and a team-high 22:48 of ice time, 1:45 more than his average 21:03, which is fourth among league wings.