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Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw Suspended 1 Game For Slur

By Colin Likas
Apr 19, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz (17) defends Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 19, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz (17) defends Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chicago Blackhawks Forward Andrew Shaw Will Miss Game 5

The NHL was swift in its judgment of a punishment for Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw on Wednesday. Less than 24 hours after being seen on camera shouting a homophobic slur at an on-ice official, and a very short time after holding a press conference to officially apologize, Shaw was banned one game by the league. He was also fined $5,000 for making an obscene gesture at an official in a different moment.

Both of these events happened Tuesday in the Blackhawks’ loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ first round. Shaw was later involved in a melee at the end of the game as well, earning a game misconduct for his anger.

This is Shaw’s second postseason suspension in his career, with the first coming in 2012 after he made contact with Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith on a play. Shaw was banned three games in that instance and will get off light here.

Still, Tuesday’s affair could wind up being Shaw’s last game with the Blackhawks. The team has many tough salary cap decisions to make in the offseason, and Shaw is at the top of the list of unaffordable players.

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Add that to the Blackhawks trailing in their playoff series 3-1, and Shaw may just miss the final game of this season for the Blackhawks.

Shaw had a three-point night against the Blues on Tuesday before losing his cool after committing a dumb penalty with just over two minutes remaining in the game. His slur was extremely disappointing to see, and his initial released statement was a weak apology. While he managed to muster up a stronger apology in his press conference, the Blackhawks still let him off very easy in an instance in which they probably could’ve made an example of him.

What this means for the lineup moving forward is unclear. Pretty much every line combination was attempted by coach Joel Quenneville, and now he has a hole to fill moving forward. Dale Weise seems like a logical choice, but we should probably expect Brandon Mashinter to waltz back in for a useless six minutes of ice time as the Blackhawks fight for their season.

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Shaw’s never-say-die attitude and willingness to get to the net will be important assets lost for the Blackhawks on Thursday, but Shaw got at least some of what he deserved. With the NHL trying more and more to show its acceptance of those in the LGBT community, Shaw’s actions were prehistoric and stupid. The NHL would’ve been justified in giving him a longer ban, but it isn’t surprising this is all that came from the incident.

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