Jeremy Morin's made the trip from Rockford to Chicago a number of times this season, but his latest opportunity with the Blackhawks has stood out from the rest.
On Wednesday he continued to make his case on the big stage as he scored his third goal in four games to record a four-game point streak in the Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime victory against the Montreal Canadiens.
"It feels really good to contribute and get some more ice time," Morin said. "Obviously it's because of some injuries that the team doesn't want, but at the same time I'm trying to make the most out of my opportunity. Right now I just keep moving forward and I'm taking it game by game."
Morin was recalled for the fourth time this year after Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane sustained injuries that are keeping them sidelined throughout the remainder of the regular season.
As the Blackhawks power through their final matchups without their two stars, head coach Joel Quenneville continues to stress the importance of playing a simple game to grind out wins.
It's a kind of game that has benefited the Blackhawks, who are winners of their last four straight. It's also the kind of game the Blackhawks will see in the postseason; a style that best suits what Morin can bring to the table.
"That's what I'm trying to do, just bring energy every shift, be physical, finish all my checks and just get pucks on net and have some traffic," he said. "That's how you're gonna score in this league and I plan to just keep moving forward with that."
Morin did just that as he tallied the Blackhawks' first goal of the night half way through the third period against Montreal, giving his team the momentum they needed to go on and record their first overtime victory of the season.
His teammates appreciate the instant contributions he's made since arriving back in Chicago.
"It's easy to point to him now because he's putting the puck in the net and he's making good offensive plays, but you watch him every shift, he's providing a spark, he's playing hard, he's bringing energy," Patrick Sharp said. "For the first 45 to 50 minutes of today's game, we weren't playing great, weren't playing bad. But he goes out there and plays with that energy and gives us that spark. We tip our cap to Mo."
Now the playoffs are just around the corner, which means Kane and Toews will be back on the ice soon. Whether there will be room for Morin on the postseason roster is still in question.
"We'll see. We welcome tough decisions," head coach Joel Quenneville said. "We like the way he's played and we like the energy that he brings. He's one of those guys that can score goals, bring the intensity and a little bit of unpredictability, which is nice to see. We certainly like options."
Morin said he has no idea whether he'll be a part of the Blackhawks' playoff plan. But he plans to continue making his case as the Blackhawks play their final two games of the regular season.
"If I'm in the lineup, I'm gonna be ready to play," he said. "I don't know what's gonna happen in the future but I'm just trying to make my mark and hopefully get my chance at some point."