Andrew Shaw will make net-front presence felt in return
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com April 22, 2012 10:56PM
Updated: May 24, 2012 8:30AM
Rookie agitator Andrew Shaw will return to the Blackhawks’ lineup Monday for Game 6 at the United Center after sitting out the last three games because of his suspension for running over Coyotes goalie Mike Smith in Game 2.
“He’s excited,” center Jonathan Toews said Sunday. “Not only us, but I’m sure our fans are looking forward to having him back. He’s created a few story lines in his brief playoff career, but that’s kind of been the story of his year so far.”
The Hawks are counting on Shaw to bring physical play and energy, but coach Joel Quenneville is still deciding on whom he’ll replace in the lineup, which won’t include Marian Hossa again.
Shaw had found a spot on Dave Bolland’s line, and it’s likely he’ll return there. He also should give the Hawks another net-front presence.
“I thought [Shaw] was playing well going into [the suspension],” Quenneville said.
The Hawks’ flight home from Arizona on Sunday was delayed because of mechanical reasons. They arrived in Chicago more than five hours later than scheduled.
The Hawks used the time to watch plenty of playoff hockey.
“Things come up,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “I’m sure this isn’t the first time guys have had this happen, and it won’t be the last. ... We’ll be ready for [Monday].”
Winger Viktor Stalberg accounted for every penalty minute the Hawks accrued in Game 5, committing four penalties. He was called for roughing, slashing, tripping and interference.
It’s a good thing the Hawks’ penalty kill was sharp again and that Quenneville remained happy with his overall play. Stalberg had the only assist on Toews’ game-winner.
“He generated a lot with his speed,” Quenneville said. “It’s one of those nights where you have to be careful. But I thought our penalty killing was great.”
On the record
Quenneville, on every game going to overtime: “[It’s] tough for the ticker — never a dull moment.”