Blackhawks Rookie Andrew Shaw Shines In NHL Debut

Andrew Shaw and Dylan Olsen made their NHL debuts on Thursday night in Philadelphia, and Shaw made a big impression.

On just his second NHL shift, Shaw was challenged by Philadelphia tough guy Zac Rinaldo. As you can see from the video, Shaw needed some repair work after the scrap was broken up, but returned to the game.

In his second NHL period, Shaw fought hard to get a puck out from behind the Philadelphia net and scored his first NHL goal. The score gave Chicago a 2-1 lead that would last only 17 seconds.

The Flyers took control of the game after Shaw’s goal. Scott Hartnell, Harry Zolnierczyk and James vanRiemsdyk scored three goals in 4:20, with the second pair of Flyers’ goals coming only 23 seconds apart.

But the Hawks stormed back in the late third. After Patrick Sharp was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking, the Hawks killed off the full four minute power play. At precisely the second Sharp was allowed out of the box, Brent Seabrook put a wrister over Ilya Bryzgalov to make the score 4-3.

Only 25 seconds later, Patrick Kane scored his first goal in what felt like forever to tie the game. Unfortunately, Kane was called for a high sticking penalty with under two minutes left in regulation and vanRiemsdyk scored his second goal of the game with just under 33 seconds left.

Jimmy Hayes scored his second goal in as many games to open the scoring for Chicago in the first period. Jonathan Toews was credited with two assists in the game, while Jamal Mayers, Duncan Keith, Dave Bolland and Sharp were each credited with one helper.

Shaw led the Blackhawks with four hits. Hayes was credited with two hits and four shots on goal. In 14 shits and 9:48, Olsen was credited with one blocked shot and one hit in his NHL debut.

Ray Emery allowed five goals, but honestly kept the Blackhawks in a game that was far from their best effort defensively. Emery faced 46 shots on the night, including 34 in the first 40 minutes.

Somehow, in a game that saw 46 credited hits, the Flyers didn’t get called for a single minor penalty.

One thought on “Blackhawks Rookie Andrew Shaw Shines In NHL Debut

  • January 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Tab, no comment that just 3 days ago you commented to erase the idea of Shaw this year entirely? I know it was only one game, but at least it feels better knowing our depth is talented, albeit young.

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