SUNRISE, Fla. -- In his first season as the Tampa Bay Lightning's captain, Martin St. Louis has established one clear policy while at the helm: There will be no sinking.
With several of his teammates -- including superstart Steven Stamkos -- battling injury and young prospects being forced to accelerate their development process, St. Louis has shouldered the responsibility of making sure his squad continues its march to the postseason unimpeded.
"You know you're counted on and you want to deliver," St. Louis said. "I feel everyone is going to be watching our team. Everybody is going to be watching me. I definitely took it as a challenge. There's still a lot to do. I'm glad of our response as a team. I'm glad at how I've responded, personally and I am going to be pushing."
Here on Monday night, the winger led with that mentality. St. Louis registered a goal and two assists in Tampa Bay's 6-1 triumph over the Florida Panthers, the Lightning's fifth straight victory. The win shifted Ta...