Sunday, November 24, 2013
Shaw's goal big relief after his mistake
By Monte Stewart Special to ESPNChicago.com
VANCOUVER -- Andrew Shaw made up for a miscue in a big way Saturday night.
After taking a needless penalty that forced his team to play catch-up for the equivalent of about half the game, Shaw scored a goal to launch the Chicago Blackhawks on a comeback 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Suffice to say Shaw was relieved to see the puck go between Roberto Luongo’s knees as the Canucks goaltender knelt down in an attempt to stop it.
“I hurt the team, and I didn’t necessarily work for it,” said Shaw.
Shaw deflected in a nice spin-around backhand pass from Patrick Kane at 4:40 of the third period to create a 1-1 tie after the Blackhawks had trailed since 18:33 of the first period. Instead of going to the net on a two-on-one with Jonathan Toews, he unwisely elected to slow down and knock over Henrik Sedin as he raced back to defend.
Ryan Kesler gave the Canucks the lead only 10 seconds after Shaw skated into the penalty box.
“Obviously, I haven’t been playing the best hockey the past few games,” said Shaw. “I’ve just gotta keeping working on it.”
Corey Crawford recorded 36 saves as he improved his league-leading record to 15-4-3.
Patrick Kane and Shaw led the Blackhawks with a game-high five shots apiece.
The Blackhawks were blanked on two power-play chances and now have just two man-advantage markers in 20 opportunities over their past eight games. Chicago's penalty-killers allowed one goal on three Vancouver power plays.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville praised the effort of defensemen Duncan Keith, who logged 24:39 of ice time -- the highest total on his team -- and Brent Seabrook (22:36). Keith finished plus-one on the night while Seabrook was even.