Welcome to Week Eight of Blackhawk Up’s 2013-14 Three Stars of the Week. As the title says, we will count down the top three performers in the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup over the past seven days, and analyze their contribution to the team. These players don’t have to be the guys with the most points, or ice time, but the players that really stepped up their game, and made a positive impact.
The Blackhawks kicked off their annual ‘circus’ road trip this week, starting it off with a loss in Colorado. The Blackhawks picked up the pieces against the Winnipeg Jets, however, with a convincing 6-3 win, kept it going against the Vancouver Canucks, and finished off the week with a lopsided 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Third Star: Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw had a mediocre start to the week, but his last two performances were among the best on the entire Blackhawks team. Shaw was everywhere against the Canucks on Saturday night, playing his agitating game that had been absent in favor of a high-scoring style lately. Shaw’s goal and 5 shots there was impressive, but he easily bested that on Monday night, recording a season-high 3 points against the Edmonton Oilers. Shaw scored two goals on his only two shots, and added an assist on Patrick Kane‘s power-play goal. Shaw’s presence on the man-advantage isn’t typical of the Blackhawks, but it proves that his dynamic play has allowed him to branch out offensively, giving Blackhawks’ head coach Joel Quenneville even more options on offense.