Peter Regin centers second line, scores lone goal for Blackhawks
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter February 27, 2014 9:53PM
Updated: February 28, 2014 2:28AM
NEW YORK — The Peter Regin experiment began in earnest Thursday night, when the former Islander centered Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg on the second line against the Rangers and scored the Blackhawks’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss.
Regin played for the Hawks against the Coyotes on Feb. 7, the day he arrived after being acquired in a trade. But that was in place of Kane, who missed that game to attend his grandfather’s funeral.
‘‘He seems very skilled,’’ Kane said after practicing with Regin this week, ‘‘just with little plays, how to draw defensemen’s sticks in and get the puck to you with a little bit more time and space. Hopefully, it translates to the game.’’
It will take some time for Regin to get acclimated to his new teammates on the ice and build a rapport with his new linemates.
‘‘This week of practice has helped him get comfortable with his new teammates as well as his game,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘And we’ll reinforce as we go along what we’re looking to add to his game, how we play.
‘‘Watching the last couple of [practices] with Kane, it seems like he’s looking for him a lot, too. So we’ll see how that evolves.’’
Defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook made cameo appearances on an episode of the TV show ‘‘Chicago Fire’’ that aired Tuesday night. They seemed to fit the part — they played Hawks hockey players Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
‘‘Don’t think I’ll be quitting hockey any time soon to become an actor, but it was a lot of fun,’’ Keith said. ‘‘People on the set were nice — made us feel welcome.’’
Keith said it took ‘‘a couple of hours’’ to shoot their nearly three-minute scene.
‘‘Thought we did pretty good for being first-time actors,’’ Keith said.
There’s a lot of friendly joshing in the Hawks’ locker room, but Kane said he has not received any grief after losing to Canada in the Olympics.
‘‘No, no. Everybody’s been great,’’ Kane said.
Goalie Antti Raanta said his friends in Finland were encouraging him to give Kane the business after Finland beat Team USA 5-0 in the bronze-medal game. But there was no way he was going to do that.
‘‘I don’t have anything to say to Kaner — just ‘Nice to see you back in the Blackhawks shirt,’ ’’ Raanta said. ‘‘Everybody was [telling] me, ‘You should start chirping Kaner.’ But I think it’s much funnier when the teenagers play and none of our guys are playing. Then it’s nice to chirp a little bit. But not when guys are working hard and trying their best.’’