Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw hit with three-game ban
Chicago, IL, United States (AHN Sports) – Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw was handed a three game suspension for his hit on Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinals.
Shaw received a a five-minute major and game misconduct at the time of the incident.
“The contact Shaw makes with Smith is not incidental,” NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said. “Rather, it is a forceful blow delivered by Shaw’s shoulder to Smith’s chin. Also, in our opinion, Shaw does not make a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”
The teams are tied 1-1 in the best-of-7 series with game three set for Wednesday at Chicago’s United Center.