Last Saturday in Carolina, the Lightning were dead, down two goals near the end of the second period. Then Steven Stamkos said no they weren't. He picked up the puck in his zone, swooped down ice, fired a wrist shot home, unassisted — and there was life. Later, Stamkos won it in overtime, off a pass from linemate Teddy Purcell.

"It was a great pass. It's about wanting the pass sometimes, wanting it to come to you," Stamkos said.

It's coming to No. 91. When it isn't, he is going to get it. He has helped the Bolts rally late in this season, though Tuesday they lost to Ottawa at the Forum. And goaltender Mathieu Garon was injured early and left the game. There might be even more on Stamkos' stick and shoulders this morning. He won't shy away.

"He's hungry and he wants to be the guy," Marty St. Louis said Tuesday morning.

Oh, is the kid hungry. He scored his 48th goal Tuesday night. He is tied for the league scoring lead and has 11 goals and 19 points in his past 11 games. His 48 goals are 10 more than anyone else.

He is 22 years, 30 days old.