Blackhawks rookie forward Andrew Shaw was hoping and praying that his teammates would give him another chance to play this postseason. With an overtime win in Game 5 in Arizona, they gave it to him.
Shaw will return to the lineup Monday for Game 6 at the United Center after sitting out the last three games because of his suspension for running over Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Game 2.
"I'm obviously excited and thankful the boys pulled it out," Shaw said. "Winning these next two would be huge."
Shaw said he'll be careful around opposing goalies after his helmet-to-facemask collision with Smith behind his net. NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan was intent on making a point that goalies are not fair game in the playoffs with Shaw's three-game ban.
But Shaw won't change how he plays.
"I'm always going to play the same way," Shaw said. "Maybe, I'll just stay out of it a little after whistles or before the whistles. Just play between the whistles and still have gritty play."
Coach Joel Quenneville made sure to speak with Shaw during the team's morning skate on Monday. Quenneville said Shaw was playing well in the series before his suspension.
"It was just 'Glad you're back. Bring the energy you always bring and keep working,' " Shaw said of his chat with Quenneville.
Shaw will take Brandon Saad's place in the lineup, while Jimmy Hayes will play in his second consecutive game. Veteran Jamal Mayers will be a healthy scratch for the third game in a row.
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