Regin bright light in dark times

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

Peter Regin has given the Senators reason for hope.

The Senators haven’t had a lot to smile about in the first three games of their playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Regin is making a name for himself in the post-season and his performance hasn’t gone unnoticed.

While this is Regin’s first experience in the playoffs, he has looked like a seasoned veteran, netting two goals and an assist in the first three games. Plus, he had a goal called back in the first period Sunday after it was ruled he kicked it in.

‘Impressive’

“He’s been very impressive,” coach Cory Clouston said Monday. “His strengths are his speed, his vision and his creativity. He’s used that. He’s elevated his game as much, or more, than anybody has.”

Playing on a line with captain Daniel Alfredsson and centre Jason Spezza, Regin has shown he belongs. He set up Mike Fisher for a power- play goal to tie it up early in the second period Sunday and has shown tremendous poise.

“He’s played really well in the playoffs. He made a great play on Fisher’s goal and overall he has been strong on the puck,” said Alfredsson. “He’s been using his speed and he seems to like the spotlight (of the playoffs).”

Regin said he’s just trying to fit in. “It’s more fun when you’re playing more. You have high expectations and the coaches count on you. The big games are when you have to be at your best.

“I know it’s not the same, but I’ve always liked to play in the playoffs, even when I was in Sweden. I always did well in the post-season.”


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