Blackhawks roast Game 1 hero Shaw


CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw normally defends himself.

He couldn't on Thursday.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook and forward Patrick Kane took light-hearted jabs at their 21-year-old teammate who wasn't present for the team's media availability on Thursday. Shaw scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime of the Blackhawks' 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday.

Shaw is known for being an energetic player on the ice and one who often tries to get under the skin of his opponents. Seabrook said Shaw is pretty much the same off the ice.

"He's a handful in the dressing room, too," Seabrook said. "Yeah, he's a high-energy guy. He likes to have fun, get guys going, jumping around the room, bouncing around. Yeah, he's pretty much the same as he is on the ice, just without skates on. He brings excitement to the dressing room and is big for us."

Kane took the ribbing a little further.

"Yeah, I sit next to him," Kane said. "There's times where I almost got to tell him to shut up because he just asks questions and doesn't stop talking when you're next to him there in between periods. He's really excited to be here. He's a kid that I think he got passed over twice in two drafts. We picked him up in the fifth round. He came in the next year and played. Speaks to his character, how he can put all that behind him and come in and play in the NHL right away and really be a factor.

"He does a lot of good things for us, whether it's hits, being an agitator, even scoring goals. He probably scores more goals off his shin pads than he does his sticks. I'm sure he'll take them, and we will, any way we can get them."

Shaw expressed gratitude for his shin pads after his game-winner in Game 1. While wearing a microphone for NHL Network for Game 1, he went to Dave Bolland, who had the second assist on the winning goal, and said "Bollie, I love you," and then seemed to say "I love shin pads."

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Game 1 he was aware of Shaw and his game, but he wasn't their focus.

"I don't think we do our game-planning around Mr. Shaw," Julien said. "Our game plan is against the Chicago Blackhawks, so ... We know he's an agitator. We know he's good at embellishing, too, at times. We know all that stuff. We've done our research."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was asked Thursday if he had any reaction to Julien calling Shaw an embellisher.

"I'm not going there," Quenneville said.