Blackhawks News


By Keith Schultz

Can’t we get back to happier times? (Mark Kartozian-USPRESSWIRE)

At the 7:11 mark of the 2nd period Chicago Blackhawks winger  Andrew Shaw ran into Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, and they collided head to head and Smith fell to the ice with what would appear to be a lot of theatrics. Shaw received a 5 minute major and a game misconduct.  Mike Smith after being the ice for minutes and appearing to be in extreme pain got back on his skates after the Shaw penalty was announced.  Smith remained in the game and looked sharp for the rest of the game, but did allow the tying goal with 5 seconds left and the winning goal in overtime.  One would have thought that the theatrics and gamesmanship ended with the game……

Wrong!!!!! It was announced that Andrew Shaw would have a phone call to NHL league office about the incident.  While Shaw was getting his time with the principal, the gamesmanship by the Coyotes reappeared with Smith sitting out of practice.  Reports were that Smith will be ready to play, so why would he disrupt normal practice routines if he has every intention to play Tuesday night at the United Center?  The answer to the question would suggest that the Coyotes are hoping for a suspension, rather than a slap on the wrist for Shaw running of Smith.

When Duncan Keith met with the NHL, his suspension was announced hours later.  Granted the NHL offices had tons of tape of some serious goonery from the State of Pennsylvania steel cage match, but Shanahan and associates should have been able to come up with a decision by today!  One would suggest that no news is good news, or some would suggest if there wasn’t a suspension they would have just announced it today.  The last suggestion is that the NHL is really waiting to see what Mike Smith status is for Tuesday night’s game after the Coyotes morning skate tomorrow.  If he skates and plans on playing Shaw does time served and skates tomorrow night, but if Smith does have a concussion and sits out Game 3 that Shaw will be watching the game from the UC sky boxes. 

So Shaw sits in NHL purgatory tonight waiting for a decision.  Will the NHL conspiracy against the Hawks rear its ugly suspicious head tomorrow, or will Brenden Shanahan rule softly like he did with Shea Weber face slam?? One thing you can say about Shanahan is that’s every suspension has not been consistent, so Shaw’s case is anyone guess now. Shanahan should have set the bar on the first night of the playoffs with Weber, but he have him a $2,500 fine and will be 2nd guessed for every decision the rest of the playoffs.  Or maybe the NHL recorders were broken for the discplinary video explanation that comes with the suspension!!  Either way a suspension must be announced before the puck drops tomorrow night for Game 3!

Can’t wait to hear the anthem and see the puck drop at the UC tomorrow night, and hopefully Shaw will be on the ice creating havoc with Dave Bolland and Game 2 hero Bryan Bickell!!