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Updated: May 22, 2014 11:24PM
None of his teammates or coaches seems to know quite how to describe Andrew Shaw and his unique style of play. But there’s one adjective that definitely fits:
“We’ve missed his presence in the lineup,” Duncan Keith said. “He’s a good guy to have on the team, be it on the ice providing that energy or in the locker room. We look forward to having him back. He’s a versatile player when it comes to what he provides on the ice, be it in front of the net, going to the hard areas, playing different positions. He’s a big part of our team.”
And he’s back.
Shaw flew with the team to Los Angeles on Thursday, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville expects him to return to the lineup Saturday for Game 3. It’ll be Shaw’s first game since he suffered an apparent leg injury in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild. The Hawks have gone 4-3 without him.
“That’ll be awesome,” Nick Leddy said. “We definitely miss having him in the lineup. His presence is always felt when he’s playing.”
Shaw is known best for being an agitator and a physical presence on the Hawks’ third line, but he’s also a 20-goal scorer and the best player on the team at setting up shop in front of the opposing goaltender and creating screens and deflections — a must against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
“He’s got an element that you appreciate, his competitiveness,” Quenneville said. “He’s got some skills. He’s got some abrasiveness. He’s got the right attitude to find a way to get the job done. Getting him back in the lineup is exciting.”
Quenneville didn’t tip his hand on whom Shaw would replace in the lineup, but Peter Regin (who sat out the first 10 playoff games and is in Shaw’s spot on the third line), Brandon Bollig (who took a bad penalty to start the third and begin the Kings’ Game 2 onslaught) and Kris Versteeg (a healthy scratch three times already this postseason) are the likeliest candidates to be bumped.