Matt Stajan was only too happy to step in for the injured Michael Cammalleri and centre front-line wingers Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla during Tuesday's game.

A high-salaried employee ($3.5 million), Stajan often has been the target of grumpy fans for lack of offensive production who are quick to overlook his usual role of third- or fourth-line centre on the checking line.

"Guys have to fill in," he said after the game against Montreal. "Obviously the opportunity is there for a lot of guys to play more minutes, get in key situations.