After Victor Hedman's first game back from injury, Lightning head coach Guy Boucher described the young defenseman's game as "very good.''

After Hedman's second game, Boucher called him "terrific''

So when the 21-year-old blue liner put in another strong effort in Saturday's 6-3 victory, what way did Boucher use to describe Hedman, who had an assist, five shots on goals, five blocked shots, three hits and was a plus-two?

"I was going to use the word machine, but I like the word monster, absolutely,'' Boucher said. "He had a monster game, blocking shots, hitting guys, first on puck, separating players from the puck and taking the puck and skating up with it, getting all kinds of scoring opportunities. He's turning into a monster, and I love it.''