Andrew Shaw’s ability to get under an opponents’ skin, create some havoc and score a dirty goal are all reasons why he’s become a valued player, but his tendency to take an ill-timed penalty or failure from time to time to keep his emotion in check can sometimes prove costly.
The Montreal Canadiens saw both sides of that coin Tuesday night in Anaheim.
With two minutes remaining in the third period, with the Canadiens trailing 2-0 and Carey Price on the bench for an extra attacker, it was Shaw who slipped a check and found his way out front, got his stick on a loose puck and whipped it home to bring Montreal within one in the final minutes of the outing.
Shaw’s goal was all but forgotten 90 seconds later, however, as he hooked Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen, was sent to the box and proceeded to absolutely blow a gasket. Shaw, incredulous about the call, smashed his stick, broke it over his leg, hurled obscenities at the referees and earned himself a misconduct to go along with his hooking minor:
You can tell Shaw regretted the punch to the stick rack after he looks back to see them all falling to the floor of the bench.
This isn’t exactly a first for Shaw this year, though.
The Canadiens winger earned a misconduct at the end of a game against the Buffalo Sabres for a slew-foot in the dying seconds of Montreal’s season opener. He also received a misconduct in an eerily similar fashion with 12 seconds left in a Nov. 18 game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Shaw had scored minutes earlier to bring the Habs within one before losing it after a hooking call.
On Tuesday night alone, Shaw racked up 17 minutes in penalties, the extra five minutes thanks to dropping the gloves with Corey Perry earlier in the outing, and Shaw is up to 58 penalty minutes on the season. Coming into the campaign, he had never exceeded 76 penalty minutes in a season, but he’s on pace for 200-plus this year.
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