Andrew Shaw takes puck to face

Updated: June 24, 2013, 9:40 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was hit in the face by a puck and left the game but returned for the start of the second period of Monday's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton intercepted a pass from Shaw near the Blackhawks' blue line, and Thornton quickly shot the puck. The puck connected with Shaw's face, and he immediately fell to the ground and his body skidded to a stop on the ice with 4:01 left in the period. He laid still on the ice for a few seconds.

Shaw was attended to by the Blackhawks training staff and was able to leave the ice under his own power. He skated off the ice with a towel to his face and went straight to the team's dressing room.

Shaw played five shifts and saw 3:06 of ice time in the first period.

Shaw has five goals and four assists in 23 playoff games this season.

Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson left the game with 27 seconds left in the first period after he collided with Boston's Nathan Horton but returned to start the second period.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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