Shaw still motivated after move to 4th line
April, 8, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesAndrew Shaw had his first multi-point game of the season on Sunday.CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw is still too happy simply being in the NHL to be concerned which line he's playing on.
The 21-year-old Shaw, who is in second season in the NHL, was recently bumped from the third line to the fourth line while Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville fiddled with his lineup. The third line of Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg had been one of Quenneville's favorites for much of the season, but it recently struggled to consistently produce.
Despite the move, Shaw has remained upbeat and continued to play as he always does. He was rewarded Sunday with his first multi-point game of the season as he scored a goal and dished out an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators.
Shaw said just playing with the Blackhawks was enough motivation for him.
"Positive, I'm playing in the NHL," Shaw said after Sunday's win. "What can't you be positive about? I've just always worked hard."
Shaw said he's also drawn from playing alongside Michael Frolik and Brandon Bollig on the fourth line. He's followed their lead.
"Playing with them, they've done the same thing," said Shaw, who has eight goals and five assists in 38 games this season. "They've worked for everything they've got. The chemistry is good between us, and we're going to keep it rolling."
Quenneville was also pleased with Shaw's performance on Sunday and how the lines have been shaping up. The fourth line produced a goal and eight shots in Sunday's win. The third line of Stalberg, Bickell and Michal Handzus also had a goal in Sunday's win.
"I thought he had a very good game," Quenneville said of Shaw on Sunday. "It was nice to see the lines look like they're more similar and working tonight."
An interesting sight Sunday was also the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Shaw mixing it up with 6-foot-7, 243-pound Hal Gill of the Predators.
"I don't think he's in the right weight class on that one," Quenneville joked.
Shaw didn't care, though.
"I'm a smaller guy, so usually every guy I play against is bigger than me," Shaw said. "I've gotten used to it and learned to stand my ground. … Obviously, I've been punched in the face a few times, but it's never stopped me. It's what got me here. I got to keep doing it."