Monday, April 16, 2012
Shaw could learn his fate on Monday
By Jesse Rogers
The fact Mike Smith stayed in the game and was fine leads some to believe Andrew Shaw won't get suspended.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw could learn his fate later on Monday as the league will decide if further punishment is necessary for his hit on Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The Hawks won the game 3-2 in overtime.
Shaw was asked if he knows what he'll say to the league when he pleads his case in a conference call.
"I've thought about it, but they've probably made their decision by now," Shaw said Monday morning after practice. "I respect the outcome ... It's their decision. They've been doing such a great job thus far. They know what's appropriate."
Shaw hit Smith in the head as Smith was playing the puck behind his net. After the game on Saturday Shaw said he was trying to avoid Smith's stick as the goalie played the puck. He was given a five-minute major penalty along with a game misconduct. Smith immediately hit the ice and was attended to by trainers but remained in the game.
"We lost a player for the rest of the game and they didn't," captain Jonathan Toews said. "I don't think the intent was there at all ... Their goaltender is healthy, he's fine and he played well for the rest of the game. That's the main thing."
The league could suspend Shaw or fine him up to $2500.
"I watched the replay," Shaw stated. "I'm a little upset I made contact. I tried getting out of the way. That last minute of his head coming forward kind of looked bad."
The Hawks are banking on Smith's health as the reason they've been punished enough.
"It's good to know he was fine after the game and he played the game and I don't think there was any intent from the way we saw it," Joel Quenneville said.
The league is expected to rule on Shaw by the end of the day on Monday but aren't required to until before the next game which is Tuesday night at the United Center.