Blackhawks Andrew Shaw Suspended 3 Games

Brendan Shanahan has ruled on Andrew Shaw’s hit on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith.

But this is only worthy of a $2,500 fine.

What we have learned from the last week is that a superstar can do whatever they want, but a 180-pound 20-year-old can’t touch anyone. Between Shaw and New York’s Carl Hagelin’s three-game suspension, rookies have become the focus of Shanahan’s pathetic discipline.

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39 Responses to Blackhawks Andrew Shaw Suspended 3 Games

  1. Tim G says:

    What… A… Joke… If Smith plays, Shanaban better be FIRED!

    As far as it concerns us, You dress Hayes to play on the third line. First shift stroll out Bollig/Kruger/Mayers. Let Bollig run through someone. Show them we arent about to let up.

  2. joe says:

    Smith will play even though he conveniently missed practice yesterday. Shanahan has officially lost all credibility. Weber cracks Zetterberg’s helmet and gets a $2500 fine and Shaw has incidental contact with a goalie outside the crease and gets three games. Sickening.

  3. shanahanisafuckingtool says:

    Can not believe it, utter stupidity, he better not be in goal tonight.

  4. Mike says:

    Absolute garbage. Shannahan is a joke.

  5. Kyle says:

    I’m disgusted.

    Any one think Saad might get a call up? I’m real excited about him. I think he could be a star.

  6. waitforawhistle says:

    So the question that should be asked than is how many games would Weber get for doing what Shaw did?

    Shaw is about a 170lb player and Smith is a 6’4″ 220lb guy plus full goalie gear, so Shaw must be superman strong to be able to send Smith flying like he did.

  7. Tab Bamford says:

    @Kyle: Saad’s already been called up. I’m not sure he dresses, though. Hayes or Frolik more likely. But you never know

  8. Jill says:

    No consistency to any of the rulings! The way these calls are being handled now is disgraceful! We have to sit back and take it, no matter how unjust. It is frustrating and SOURING to watch this keep happening. Very, Very DISGUSTED!

  9. Rich Beast says:

    So Smith lays on the ground until Shaw gets the major and misconduct. Then gets up and plays the rest of the game. Coach then says he is 100% fine. Next 2 days Smith is out until Shaw is given a 3 game suspension, then miraculously skates in to play the game. How far can this gag go? If he plays tonight I am so pissed!

  10. James M says:

    Is there any way to write to the NHL and protest this absurdity? I hope Bowman and Wirtz are on the horn telling them that this is total crap. All Shanny is doing is creating a situation where diving is strategy in the playoffs.

  11. scott says:

    3 games makes sense, or goalies would be fair game. Did you guys really think it would only be a fine? If so, it would be Katie bar the door…The weber decision was wrong, not at full speed though, probably deserved a game. Watch how chippie it gets tonight as Phoenix is pissed that Vrbatta, Hanzal, korpikowski have all been hurt, and Smith was run over.

  12. Gregg says:

    It’s like the Hawks and the refs from the 80’s – 90’s, NO JUSTICE!!!
    At no time does Shanabum mention that Smith wasn’t moving the puck, but just standing there. Shaw was trying to block the pass Smith FINALLY made, Where is he to go??? What a joke, why can’t anybody else see that it was all an act. I’ve been watching the other games, TOO MUCH ACTING!!

  13. Tre says:

    I thought charging was a two minute minor. The extenuating circumstances mentioned (no injury, no history) indicate that what he served with his game misconduct is already more than necessary.

    Shanahan is a joke. How can he show his face and actually make such an unfounded decision to the public.

  14. JS says:

    Are you kidding me Scott? Phoenix is laughing in their locker room right now because they are basically being handed an award for the acting job of the year. This is just Shaw having to pay the consequences of Shanahan’s F up with the Weber situation.

    Unintentionally clipping a goalie while trying to make a hockey play is worse than slamming someones face into the boards? How about assaulting someone on the ice that isn’t a willing participant in a fight? It’s the same as a charging elbow into Alfredsson’s head that was obviously with intent to injure and might end his playoff run?

    I understand why he suspended Shaw. He messed up with previous rulings and now he has to come down hard on Shaw or it might filter into the other series… But in no way does unintentionally clipping someone warrant a 3 game suspension. That’s just silly.

  15. joe says:

    I hope Hayes dresses rather than Frolik. We need a guy willing to dish out a hit and who can shoot the puck somewhere other than in the opposing goalie’s chest.

  16. Walt Kowalczyk says:

    Does the NHL own Phoenix? Is it in their best interest to milk the series for as many games as possible?
    This is a TRAVESTY considering what else is happening in the other series.

  17. Craig Givant says:

    In the first 10 minutes after this decision was posted to the NHL.com website there were over 100 comments. While I didn’t actually count and tabulate them, I would estimate that 99% of them disagreed with the terms of this suspension. Amazingly these comments were taken down or otherwise simply vanished. Like “Peggy” says … they must have “computer problem”.

    I’ll say the same thing here that I did there:

    “Mr. Shanahan … Please resign IMMEDIATELY. You and the “department of player safety” are a joke!”

  18. Joe says:

    Complete bullshit. I bet you Smith just pulled that “game-time decision hit” to influence Shanahan’s decision. Shaw gets suspended 3 games for an unintentional hit, but when Weber INTENTIONALLY slams Zetterberg’s head repeatedly into the boards, he gets a fine that is the equivalent of 5 dollars to him. I guess that’s what happens when your team is owned by the NHL and the head of discipline is a ex-redwing Blackhawk hating asshole. The only good thing that came out of this is that this is going to pump up the team. There’s no way they lose this series now. I can’t wait to hear the UC crowd rip a new one into Smith tonight.

  19. Andrew H says:

    shanahan is a joke! he must’ve smoked too much dope during his career.. nonetheless, let’s go you hawks!!! take advantage of home ice.

  20. mike says:

    BAD BAD call, five minutes was bad enough but 3 games, seriously watch his face when hes near smith. It wasn’t intentional!

  21. Adam Santic says:

    Apparently the league didn’t see how aggressive goaltender Mike Smith was during the game.

    At 12:06 in the first period, Jonathan Toews got called for goaltender interference. But as you can tell if you find the photo [which is on photo gallery on the Blackhawks site for Game 2] Mike Smith literally pushing Toews down to the ice. But the NHL officials got the call wrong.

    Mike Smith opted to stay in the game, in which backup goaltender Jason laBerba should have came into the game. Mike Smith would then have to pass the medical tests in the quite room and follow those procedures before being allowed back into the game.

    In this incident I see a helmet to helmet and the only difference is that Weber used his hand to impact his head. Which clearly the Weber incident was more severe than this incident.

    NHL got this call wrong and Blackhawks will miss the gritty Shaw that gets into the players face that pisses them off.

  22. bct27 says:

    Joe–while you’re basically right about Frolik, he is a steady, responsible player, which is crucial for that 3rd line. Hayes has more potential, but more risk too. Also–remember the 3rd line last year? I’ve got to think Q goes back to it, and my money would be on them being the difference makers this game.

  23. Dean says:

    2100 comments so far on the espn article on this. At what point during this postseason does Bettman or whomever take a look at Shanahan and his team?

  24. Kurt says:

    Shannahan confirms the conspiracy. If he gave a $5000 fine and no game it would have helped his credibility over the Weber fine. If he would have even upped it to 1 game it would be in line. Now Shannahan looks even more inconsistent, and hurts the NHL Brand!

  25. AJ says:

    Unbelievable, the explanation video even contradicts itself

    Here’s to hoping the Hawks score 8 goals on this clown. My biggest question now would be; does Phoenix seek retribution by sending Torres or another idiot after someone (Crawford maybe or Toews)?

  26. Geoff says:

    This is all about the NHL wanting small-market teams to succeed over big-market teams. That’s why Weber was wrist-slapped for assaulting Zetterberg, and that’s why Shaw is being slammed for hitting a goalie who put himself in a position to be hit. Saying Shaw’s contact was intentional and a “forceful blow” is absurd, and anybody with half a brain and a working knowledge of hockey can see that. I can’t believe Shanahan is not being directed by a higher power on how to approach these things. No confidence in this joker, but unfortunately no venue for us to complain except on internet message boards. I hope the NHLPA says something about this.

  27. Tom Jaremka says:

    C’mon boys, let’s get real. There is no conspiracy against the Hawks. There is no “higher power” directing Shanahan, either. What we have here, is an ex-player who has been put in a position of extreme power. He STILL has friends, players and associates who still play and are associated with the game. Remember, it’s not “what you know”, it’s “who you know”.

    My guess is that Shanahan was swinging his sword very wildly and murking up the waters when the year began. Powerful people probably got on him about it, too. Now, he’s not sure what the hell to do. His judgement has gone out the window.

    If his call on Shaw is a “head shot”, whether he had an intent to injure or not,then you suspend Shaw for three games. I can live with that. But you can’t give Shaw three games and not give Shea Weber three games. I’m more upset that Weber wasn’t suspended because the rules have changed in a week.

    When Shanahan quits or is fired, his downfall wasn’t giving Shaw a three game suspension, it was NOT giving Weber anything.

  28. darcy says:

    Lets go Frolik!I l actually like Fro and since we gave him a nice contract a goal tonight would be nice.Hopefully he can step back to where he was in last years playoffs.If he doesn’t do much with the chance tonight, moves will be made.Maybe put Stalberg on the third line and slip Saad onto Toews line?

  29. Ty says:

    Shaw should have pulled up before the hit, grabbed Smith by the back of the head and bashed his face into the glass. He would have gotten a lesser supplemental discipline…

  30. scott says:

    Tom-an objective opinion at last, instead of the poor, we never get a break, hawks attitude…Totally agree.

  31. Gregg says:

    I wonder what the call would have been if Shaw dropped to the ice and flopped like a fish out of water as smith was doing the same? Makes you wonder that if Shaw looked injured as well the refs would have made a different call as well as shanabum……

  32. Drew says:

    Ty just hit the nail on the head.

    Shanahan is in over his head. He’s more clueless than Alicia Silverstone.

  33. Ryan says:

    “A goalkeeper is not ‘fair game’ just because he is outside the goal crease area. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an opposing player makes unnecessary contact with a goalkeeper. However, incidental contact, at the discretion of the Referee, will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”

    When you look at the video Shaw is a split second from poke checking the puck. Smith hangs onto the puck way to long, contact was inevitable and it certainly wasn’t intentional. Any suspension on this play is absolutely ridiculous. It is one thing if the Refs on the ice making a decision based on live speed got the call wrong with a major and a game misconduct. It is entirely another for Shanahan while looking at angle after angle to get it wrong.

  34. Windy City ZMan says:

    Complete Bull$hit.

    Shanahan’s detroit colors are showing.

  35. darcy says:

    Fro scores

  36. Ryan says:

    My gut feeling is that Shanahan won’t suspend Torres at all cause there was no penalty on the play. Further entrenching Shanny as the worst Disciplne Czar ever.

  37. wall says:

    Are you fucking kidding me! Torres does it again… No Charging, no hit to the head… no I guess he did not leave his feet!!! Then to add insult to injury… Smith goes out of his way to pop Sharp in the face at the end of 2nd!… still nothing!

    NHL is becoming the NBA/WWF when it comes to officiating

    Nothing! WHAT A JOKE!

    This shit wouldn’t happen if we had a Buff or Eager!

  38. Jason says:

    Crawford let in a soft goal in OT. The shot was from an impossible angle.

  39. wall says:

    and just when you thought the refs couldn’t get worse… Hjalmersen gently slides the puck at Doan’s feet… Doan turns and flips the puck at #4’s chest… all after the whistle, and the mighty (and completely in control officials) refs suddenly decide to take charge of game that seems to be getting a little chippy…. sending both boys to the box…

    where the Yotes outscore the Hawks 2-1 in a span of about 45 seconds!!!

    If this guy doesn’t get 10 or more games I am done watching NHL… it is a JOKE!!!
    Hard played game lost in a 45 second span because your player gently slid the puck at the other player’s feet… so refs “take control” by sending both to the box… while no one sees ONE OF THE DIRTIEST PLAYER’S ON ICE send a clean player to the hospital?????

    I have played and reffed for over 25 years… when there is a piece of shit on the ice… I guarantee my eyes will be on him whenever he is any where near the action!!!

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