Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette and Predators forward Paul Gaustad battle next to Preds goalie Pekka Rinne in Game 4 of Nashville's first-round series against Chicago. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Veteran center Antoine Vermette didn't produce much for the Blackhawks immediately after they acquired him from Arizona at the trade deadline for a prospect and first-round draft pick. But Vermette – a healthy scratch in Chicago's first two playoff games – came through in Game 4 with a goal off of a deft pass redirection.
Veteran center Antoine Vermette sat in the press box as a healthy scratch in the first two games of Chicago's first-round series against Nashville, but in Game 4 Tuesday, he made a case for remaining in the lineup by scoring his first playoff goal for the Blackhawks.
Playing before a typically raucous home crowd, Chicago had just fallen behind 1-0 to the Preds a little more than midway through the first period when Vermette moved to the middle of the ice a few feet from Preds goalie Pekka Rinne and was able to redirect a pass from Michal Rozsival into the visitors' net:
Vermette didn't do much at all after being acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline, but these are the games Hawks GM Stan Bowman envisioned him contributing to when he made the deal. If they can get one, two or more goals out of the 32-year-old per series, they won't think twice about or regret sending a prospect and first-round pick to the Coyotes for a player likely to leave town as an unrestricted free agent when Chicago's post-season ends.