Rookie Andrew Shaw makes a bloody-good debut
By Adam L. Jahns firstname.lastname@example.org January 5, 2012 10:42PM
Andrew Shaw scored his first goal in his NHL bow and was bloodied by the Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo in his initial fight. | Len Redkoles~Getty Images
Updated: February 7, 2012 8:33AM
PHILADELPHIA — Blackhawks rookie forward Andrew Shaw still had blood on his face. It oozed from the stitches above his left eye.
But it all felt good to Shaw, who made his NHL debut in the Hawks’ 5-4 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
“I was nervous coming into the game,” Shaw said. “But once the puck dropped, it’s another game of hockey. It was great to get the first one out of the way.”
Shaw meant the game, but he also got into his first fight in the NHL, scraping with center Zac Rinaldo on his second shift. He also scored his first career goal, displaying some good handwork in close and under pressure.
Shaw plays a game similar to that of the suspended and injured Daniel Carcillo. He took Carcillo’s spot on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.
“Andrew made things happen right off the bat,” Toews said. “It’s natural for anyone even the skilled players when they play their first game like that to go out and just be out of sync.
“It seemed liked he was in the right place. Andrew was doing the right things. He was chipping pucks in the right spots. It was a huge confidence booster to get that fight and get that goal to get us going.”
It wasn’t the first time Shaw fought Rinaldo.
“We fought back in junior,” Shaw said. “He challenged me there, and I don’t like saying no. So I decided to square up with him. I knew how he’d fight. He just keeps throwing and throwing. He caught me with one off the start, but I got him with a few as well.”
Trade winds blowing?
It’s no secret that Hawks general manager Stan Bowman plans to be busy in the trade market. On Thursday, he said he’s looking for the same things that he was last season at this time: defensemen and centers.
“You can always never have enough defensemen,” Bowman said. “Last year Vancouver used 10 or 11 in the playoffs. Up front, you probably could make the same argument for centermen.”
Bowman has also told teams which players he wants. They’re just not making them available.
“We talked and we let them know the players that we like,” Bowman said. “When they get around to it, we’re keeping on top of it. But it takes two to tango.”
Missing puck talk
A return trip to Philadelphia wouldn’t be complete without questions about the still missing puck from Patrick Kane’s overtime game-winner from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.
“[Coach Joel Quenneville] asked me about it today,” Kane said. “I’m not sure. From what I heard, the lineseman took it and then after that no one really knows what happens. It would be nice to show up not just for me but for the whole Hawks organization because it’s a piece of history.”