The 2013 Stanley Cup Final had a number of breathtaking moments, and Andrew Shaw played a crucial role in one of them.
The ‘Hawks went into the series as the favorites. Despite this, Game One proved that the Boston Bruins weren’t going to go down without a fight. The contest was deadlocked at 3-3 through five periods of play. As the matchup went into its third overtime, it truly could’ve been anyone’s game.
However, when the Blackhawks needed a hero, Andrew Shaw stepped up to the plate. ‘Hawks defenseman Michal Rozsival threw a shot on net from the point, and as Shaw skated through the slot, he deflected the puck past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask:
Andrew Shaw had won the game for the Blackhawks after almost 120 minutes of hockey, nearly two full games. Not only was this Game One victory a crucial win, but it also cemented Shaw’s legacy as a true team player. While he might not be the de facto leader of the club, he certainly represented the heart and soul of the Chicago Blackhawks.
While this goal, like most of his others, wasn’t a highlight-reel tally, it counted at the most important time. Andrew Shaw came through when he was needed the most, and the image of the Blackhawks mobbing #65 after the biggest goal of his career is an image that fans will never forget.
Andrew Shaw gave fans so many amazing moments in a Blackhawks sweater. Enjoy your much-deserved retirement Shawzie, and thanks for so many great memories.