Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw, who scored the game-winning goal in triple-overtime of the Stanley Cup finals opener on Wednesday, joked about not being very good in English after dropping what appeared to be an F-bomb during a live postgame, national television interview.
"Slip of the tongue," said Shaw, who was interviewed on the United Center ice by NBC's Pierre McGuire. " I was exhausted. I couldn't think at all, actually. Could barely breathe. I think I made up a word in there, too. Was never good in English, but ... it just shows how much heart our team has, and we push each other to our limits."
The 21-year-old Shaw, who scored nine goals in the regular season, isn't accustomed to being the first person grabbed by the media after a game. And considering he just played 24:03 of a physical game against the Boston Bruins, who twice led by two goals, Shaw's raw emotions could be understood.
He also was wearing a microphone for the NHL network, and his celebration immediately after the goal -- which bounced off his leg -- also is generating smiles on Twitter. Shaw went to Dave Bolland, who had the second assist on the winning goal ,and said "Bolie, I love you," and then seemed to say "I love shin pads."
Patrick Kane has an idea why Shaw might have expressed that love.
"He probably scores more goals off his shin pads than his stick," Kane said Thursday.