Should Andrew Shaw Get Suspended For His Head Butt?

By Keith Schultz

Feb 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Craig Adams (27) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

During the second period of action last night in the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 victory, a hard play in the corner turned into a 5 minute major and game misconduct for Andrew Shaw.  At the time the score was 2-0 Blackhawks and the 5 minute major penalty kill was a critical junction in the game, but the question is should Andrew Shaw face a hearing and suspension for the head-butt? If you missed the play from last night while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day here is the head butt.

The head butt by itself is a suspension worthy play for sure. It is reckless and dangerous and in an era of player safety and concussions being an issue ever league is dealing with a head butt with a helmet to the fore head of any player should be a suspension worthy play whether they play for the Blackhawks or any other team.

If you’re looking at the play in total you can understand to a point Shaw’s frustration getting cross-checked 3 times and not being able to get his hands free after 3 hits and used the only part of his body that was free which doesn’t make it excusable at all.

Now it’s up to the NHL Department of Safety to decide if it is a suspension worthy play, with the game misconduct the video had to be on their desks last night that is for sure.

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Shaw does have history with the Department of Safety, during his rookie season during the playoffs he charged Mike Smith during the playoffs and was suspended here is the video evidence of that play.

So what do you think? Should Andrew Shaw get suspended or was the game misconduct enough punishment for the head butt?

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