Blackhawks rookie forward Andrew Shaw was only able to get his helmet off before being surrounded by the media. With his disciplinary hearing for his hit on Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith set for 1 p.m. on Monday, everyone wanted to know his thoughts.
"I've thought about [what I'm going to say], but they've probably made their decision by now," Shaw said Monday after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "I'll respect the outcome. It's their decision. They know what's appropriate."
Shaw did watch replays of his collision with Smith, which happened in the second period of Game 2 on Saturday. Replays showed Shaw's helmet initially made contact with Smith's mask, and considering Shaw's usual scrappiness, it did not appear to be intentional.
In a display some have already called an embellishment, Smith spun around, his gloves flew off, and he grabbed his facemask as he lay on the ice for several moments. Shaw received a five-minute major penalty for charging and also was ejected.
"I'm upset I made contact. I didn't try to," Shaw said. "I tried getting out of the way. It's just that last-minute [instance] of his head coming forward kind of looked bad."
Smith was examined by Coyotes staff on the ice. But he never left the game.
Shaw said he hasn't tried to reach out to Smith.
"No, but I saw his [quotes]," Shaw said. "He said he was 100 percent OK. I'm glad. You never try to go out there and try to hurt somebody deliberately. An accidental collision like that, I'm just glad he's OK."
Shaw, who had found a spot on Dave Bolland's checking line, didn't have a sense if he would be suspended or not. But his teammates thought he's already served his time.
"We lost a player for the rest of the game and they didn't," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "I don't think the intent was there at all. [Shaw's] effort to get out of the way and to avoid that head contact was enough. Their goaltender is healthy; he's fine. He played well for the rest of the game. That's the main thing."
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has been busy this postseason, recently suspending two players on Sunday.
"It's good to know that [Smith] was fine after the game and played the game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I don't think there was any intent from the way we saw it.
"You watch the replay and there's not intent on [Shaw's] part. He's not even looking at the guy. You could see that his focus was at the puck."
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