The net is looking soccer-size to Vincent Lecavalier and his linemates these days.
The Tampa Bay Lightning centre has 21 points (seven goals and 14 assists) in his last eight games and is showing no signs of easing off. He's in a zone.
"Once you start scoring, it seems like you can really see the net," Lecavalier said Tuesday on an NHL conference call. "But, you know, if you go three, four, five games (without scoring), you get to squeezing your stick a little bit, obviously you see the goalie a lot bigger. It kind of goes both ways."
Right now it's all good. Playing on a line with Martin St. Louis and Vaclav Prospal, Lecavalier leads the league in scoring with 34 points (14-20) in 20 games.
"Right now my confidence or our confidence is pretty good," said Lecavalier. "When I get in front of a goalie, it's all about confidence."
So, what does it feel like being the hottest player in the NHL? Lecavalier has trouble describing it.
"I mean, I don't know," he said. "It's not really something I think about. . . . I think before I used to say you always have objectives of what you want to accomplish. I used to go with like 10-game segments or stuff like that. Really now I just go game by game. It's been going well. It's all about confidence."
Lecavalier, 27, is currently holding off the defending Art Ross Trophy winner, Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh, as well as Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg - both four points behind. Most people have pencilled in Sid The Kid as the scoring leader for the next decade or so, so having a race at this point is news in itself.
"You look at Sidney Crosby, (Alex) Ovechkin, these guys are going to be the best players in the league for the next 15 years," said Lecavalier. "Zetterberg this year is doing unbelievable.
"I don't compare myself to these guys. I just play my game and do the best that I can."
The 10-8-2 Lightning are scoring lots of goals as a team, ranked first overall in the NHL before Tuesday's NHL games with an average of 3.40 goals per contest.
"Yes, it's been going very well," said Lecavalier. "I think we're pretty consistent. Our power play is going very well. I think our line has been skating well. Our transition game has been very good.
"But it's only been the last two weeks that we've been feeling good, so we've got to keep it going."
And as Lecavalier points out, it's not just the top line. Everyone is chipping in.
"Actually our defencemen are scoring some goals," said Lecavalier. "Paul Ranger, before last night, he scored the three goals in the last three games. It's important to get goals from everybody, and we have done that.
"If you do that, you have a good chance of gaining some success. Obviously it's a team sport. We've been playing very well as a team."
Lecavalier also raised eyebrows earlier this season when he dropped the gloves in back-to-back games.
"It's not something I planned or anything like that. It just happened," said Lecavalier. "It was two games in a row, two incidents two nights in a row. It's not something I look to do. If it happens, it happens."