With the Blackhawks facing elimination on Thursday night, they’ll be without forward Andrew Shaw.
Shaw has been suspended for Game Five of Chicago’s first round series for making a homophobic slur during Tuesday night’s loss at the United Center. The NHL also announced Shaw will be required to undergo sensitivity training, and has been fined $5,000 for directing a single-finger salute at the on-ice officials as well.
From the release:
“While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”
Shaw was previously suspended three games during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs after running into Arizona goaltender Mike Smith.