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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.

Andrew Shaw made sure to get a good, lungs-burning skate in Wednesday at the United Center, while most of his teammates rested after their third overtime game in a row against the Phoenix Coyotes.

It's all he can do now. Well, that and hope the Hawks can even the series with a win in Game 4 Thursday, so he has a better chance to play this postseason after getting suspended three games.

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett faced the media before Game 3 of his team's first-round series against the Blackhawks. He listed goalie Mike Smith, who was struck in the facemask by Hawks' rookie winger Andrew Shaw in Game 2, as a game-time decision.

Below is a transcript of his Q & A session with reporters:


The wait is finally over. And Andrew Shaw didn't receive any good news Tuesday afternoon.

The Blackhawks rookie has been suspended three games, starting with Game 3 at the United Center, for his head-to-mask hit on Phoenix Coyotes goalies Mike Smith in Game 2.


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.


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw didn't waste any words when talking about his run-in with Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith that resulted in him being ejected.

"I did not try to hit him at all," Shaw said. "I tried getting out of the way. Unfortunately, I did make contact."

Here's the video:

(Video courtesy of Yahoo! Sports)

By Ben Meyer-Abbott

GLENDALE, Ariz. - An already physical series was given its first major flash-point in the second period of Game 2 when the Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw appeared to use his shoulder to strike the head Phoenix netminder Mike Smith while the Coyotes' goalie was handling the puck behind his net.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Andrew Shaw became a Twitter sensation for his dramatic, highlight-reel start with the Blackhawks. But as things do on the Internet, the rookie forward soon faded.

On Friday, the Hawks sent down Shaw to the Rockford IceHogs, while power forward Jimmy Hayes was called up in his place. Hayes practiced with the team in Columbus.


Rookie Andrew Shaw's short, but very productive run with the Blackhawks has garnered him plenty of attention from the media and plenty of adoration from the fans.

Five goals and six points in your first eight games -- plus a gritty, never-give-up style -- will do that, especially in Chicago. But after Wednesday's 6-2 rout of the Buffalo Sabres, Shaw's profile took off via Twitter.

Shaw, who before Wednesday's game told me his phone kept going off because of new followers, trended on Twitter via #ShawFacts, becoming a Chuck Norris-like legend.

Here are mine and some of my favorites from #ShawFacts late Wednesday night:


About the blogger

Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns



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