One of Andrew Shaw’s more memorable moments came during Game Six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, and showed what kind of warrior he really is.
With just over four minutes left in the first period of Game Six against the Boston Bruins, a wrist shot from Shawn Thornton caught Shaw up high. The puck deflected off of his cheek and sent him bloodied to the ice.
While he was down for a few moments, it would take more than a puck to the face to keep Andrew Shaw out of the game. Even when bloodied and bruised, the Mutt was quickly patched up by the Blackhawks’ medical staff and was soon back on the ice:
Shaw’s father Doug told Yahoo! Sports at the time that “he was either dead, or he comes back. That’s the way it is.” It turns out that dad does indeed know best. While Shaw’s time on ice in the game was minimized due to the injury, it never kept him down.
The final minute of Game Six is not only one of the best moments in Blackhawks’ history, but arguably one of the greatest endings in sports history. While the 17 seconds between goals was the most memorable part of the game, another image that sticks in my head is Andrew Shaw, blood running down his face, skating around TD Garden with the Stanley Cup. It is an iconic moment of Shaw’s career and one that will not soon be forgotten.
It is not a moment that is going to make any highlight reel, but despite that, it is still one of those scenes that makes people truly appreciate the kind of player that Shaw was. He was willing to put himself in harm’s way for the team, and the ‘Hawks were rewarded for this sacrifice with a championship.