Former Blackhawks forward and 2015 Stanley Cup champ Antoine Vermette caught up with Blackhawks team reporter Eric Lear to discuss his time in Chicago and an epic playoff series for the ages.
Vermette was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 28, 2015. He had three assists but zero goals in 19 regular-season games with the Hawks.
The forward had been a scratch for two consecutive games earlier in the playoffs.
In Game 4 of the 2015 Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks, after being a scratch in Game 3 of the series, Vermette scored in double overtime to win it for Chicago 5-4 and even the series 2-2 heading back to Anaheim for Game 5. The Hawks ended up winning the series in seven games before beating Tampa Bay to hoist their third Stanley Cup in six seasons.
The forward credits his late, but vital, postseason production to his linemates on Chicago's then third line: Patrick Sharp and Teuvo Teravainen.
"We had a really good chemistry . . . I think it speaks for the strength of our lineup," Vermette said. "These guys on that line, I think it was a great combination. We had speed, skill, we could read off each other pretty well.
"We had a young, talented Teuvo coming up, trying to make a name for himself. And Sharpy, being in the league for such a long time, great veteran presence. Just great players overall. For me, it was a great fit and it was such a fun time playing with these two guys: very creative, talented and fast."
For Antoine, the Ducks series was as fun to play in as it was to watch.
"I think it was very fun for the fans watching it, playing in it was great, especially when you're on the right side of it," he said. "And you can make the argument, obviously, without that series, winning that one, we don't set up ourselves with a chance to win (the Cup).
"That speaks for itself, but the level of the game and the intensity and how tight, how we came back and facing a tough situation, trailing 2-1 and that goal came in overtime last game in the homestand... Going on the road with a 3-1 deficit, facing a team like that, that's totally different. So it was very slim, the margin of error was next to none."Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.