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Updated: June 24, 2014 7:47AM

The day before Peter Regin was traded, his New York Islanders were 22-28-8 and 10 points out of a playoff spot. The thought of having his name etched on the Stanley Cup wasn’t exactly at the forefront of his mind.

“I certainly didn’t expect to be playing this time of year,” Regin said. “I think if you ask most guys around the league if they could name one team they could play for, they would probably pick the Blackhawks. Because of everything — because of the organization, the team, the city, everything.”

So you won’t hear Regin whine about having to sit out the first 10 games of the postseason. And you won’t hear Regin angling to keep his spot in the lineup when Andrew Shaw likely returns for Game 3 on Saturday in Los Angeles.

He wants to keep his spot, of course. And based on his play down the stretch and in the three games he had played before Game 2 on Wednesday, he probably deserves to be in the lineup.

But he understands the situation, too.

“It doesn’t matter if I deserve it or not,” Regin said. “I want to help the team win, and I want to see the team win, whether I’m in or not. If I’m called upon, I’ll do my best. If not, I’ll support the guys that are playing.”

Regin has been a nice addition to the lineup since debuting in Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild. His speed and two-way game made him a nice fit at third-line center and allowed the Hawks to reunite their reliable fourth line. And that allowed Joel Quenneville to spread around ice time ­better.

Kris Versteeg and Bollig have been healthy scratches during the playoffs, and ­Regin — a center by trade but a winger with the Islanders — easily can slide into one of their spots. So it’s not a certainty that Regin will be the odd man out when Shaw returns.

“We love tough decisions, and we welcome it,” Quenneville said.

While Regin is thrilled to be in the NHL’s final four — especially given where he started the season — he’s trying not to look too far ahead.

“Obviously, it’s a goal for the team to win the Cup. That’s no secret,” he said. “I could feel that the first day I got here, that this team expects to win and they expect to win every night.

“But I don’t think everybody is planning any Cup parties or anything like that.”


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