Apparently Claude Julien has found a way to wring some extra offensive production out of his defensemen corps.

Sit one of them out a game as a healthy scratch and then insert that player back into the lineup for some instant old fashioned goal-scoring. Dougie Hamilton returned from being a healthy scratch to pot a goal in Florida’s win on Thursday night and Adam McQuaid did the same in Saturday night’s 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“It was that ‘great that I’m not going to go the whole year without getting a [goal]’ kind of feeling” said a smiling McQuaid following the win. “It feels good. I’ve always said it feels good to contribute in that way when you don’t score normally.

“It goes without saying that we all want to play and nobody wants to sit out. I didn’t necessarily go out feeling like I had to prove myself. I just wanted to go out play my game and really be solid. Obviously when you’re in the lineup then you want to do anything you can to stay in there.”

The 6-foot-5 McQuaid scored the second goal of the game when he fired a shot from the high point through a Jarome Iginla screen in front of the Tampa Bay net.