W Marty St. Louis said when things are going bad, a team looks to its veterans for reassurance.

And on an extremely young Lightning team, St. Louis, the 38-year-old captain, has shouldered the responsibility of helping it handle the loss of star C Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia).

"I know that I'm counted on to do the things that I can do, and I try to bring it every night," St. Louis said.

Without Stamkos, his longtime linemate and one of the league's top scorers, St. Louis said he has adjusted his game to a more shoot-first mentality while playing alongside C Tyler Johnson and LW Ondrej Palat.

Since Stamkos' injury Nov. 11, St. Louis has 10 goals and 12 assists. His tying goal in the second period Saturday against the Canadiens extended his points streak to a season-high six games.

"When you play with a guy like 'Stammer,' you find yourself shooting a little less because he's got such a good shot," St. Louis said. "You feel his shot has got a better chance than your shot. So you find yourself more in a passing mode."

St. Louis, a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner as the league's top scorer, said it takes a while to get back to that aggressive approach: "It's an opportunity to prove that you can still do good things, not playing with a guy … that scores 50-60 goals a year."