Vinny Lecavalier said he preferred not to talk about his game Tuesday against the Sabres even though it was one of his best of the season.

The Lightning captain had two goals and his first three-point game. He tied a season best with six shots and had seven scoring chances.

But Tampa Bay lost 7-4.

"When you get some results, you want your team to win," Lecavalier said. "Otherwise, the results don't count."

That's a noble sentiment, but for a player who has struggled offensively, the outburst is notable. Add that he has three goals and seven points in his past six games, and perhaps it is the start of a trend.

Whatever it is, it is part of the re-education of Vinny Lecavalier as coach Guy Boucher demands the star center devote as much energy to defense as offense.

It is the demand he makes of every player. But if you think the transition is easy for someone who from 2006-08 had 92 goals and 200 points, and whose single-minded purpose always has been to put the puck in the net, think again.