Updated: January 10, 2014 6:33AM
With his jersey pulled over his head and the linesmen trying to break up the fight, Andrew Shaw just kept punching in his memorable scrap with Dallas’ Antoine Roussel on Tuesday night.
“I could see,” Shaw said. “Jerseys aren’t thick. You can see through them. [I had] one eye at the top of the neck hole there. I could still see him, so I kept throwing.”
The blistering pace of the fight continued until Shaw literally was tackled to the ice by an official.
“Both of us weren’t giving up, so we kept throwing,” Shaw said. “They probably should have gotten out of there and let us go a little more.”
That fight was something of a metaphor for Shaw’s career — the unlikely irritant, always pushing and pushing to prove he belongs. That seemingly limitless energy was sorely needed in the Hawks’ last two games, both losses that Shaw sat out after suffering an upper-body injury on a hit along the boards late in the Dallas game.
“We need to create our own energy, just feed off one another, compete and work for each other, and those chances are going to come,” he said Sunday morning before making his return against the Florida Panthers. “And when they do, we’ve got to put them in the back of the net.”
Shaw made an immediate impact, screening Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen on Patrick Sharp’s power-play goal 70 seconds into the game, then scoring by deflecting another shot by Sharp in the third period.
Shaw might get another crack at Roussel on Tuesday, as the Hawks visit the Stars. It’ll be the fourth meeting between the teams in a month, which is inevitably creating a little spark for the new Central Division rivalry. And as he usually is, Shaw is right in the middle of it.
“[Roussel is] just one of the players that gets under the skin of opponents,” Shaw said. “I am, too. By that time, I think everyone was fed up with me and him, so I thought we’d square it out.”
Meanwhile, Bryan Bickell, who hasn’t played since suffering a leg injury in Colorado on Nov. 19, skated Sunday morning with a handful of teammates for the first time since he was hurt.
“It was good to see him out there,” coach Joel Quenne-ville said. “But we’ll get a better indication when he gets out there with everybody.”