CHICAGO - Blackhawks forward Peter Regin is in the lineup for the first time this post-season for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Minnesota Wild.
Regin was acquired in a February trade with the New York Islanders. He had two goals and two assists in 17 regular-season games for Chicago.
The Blackhawks were without forwards Brandon Bollig and Andrew Shaw for Sunday night's game. Bollig was suspended for two games for boarding Wild defenceman Keith Ballard in Game 4, and Shaw has been out since Game 1 with a lower-body injury.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4