Mar 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Shaw to return for Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 vs. Kings

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The extra days built into the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks could be a blessing for the defending Stanley Cup champions as the Blackhawks are expected to have Andrew Shaw back for Saturday’s Game 3 in Los Angeles after missing all but 3:01 in the second round series vs. the Minnesota Wild.

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said yesterday he expects him to play and Comcast Sportsnet Blackhawks reporter Tracy Myers tweets that Shaw was back on the ice and centering the third line, his customary spot in the lineup.

This is undoubtedly great news for the Blackhawks who went 4-3 without Shaw who scored 20 goals during the regular season and is one of the best at camping out in front of the opposing goalie and is famously one of the best agitators on the ice.

“He’s got an element that you appreciate, his competitiveness,” Quenneville said via Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. “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.”

With Shaw back in the lineup Peter Regin is the odd man out of the lineup.


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  • Michael Castillo

    Have to sit Bollig. In fact, I’d sit Versteeg, Bollig and Roszival and dress Shaw, Morin and Brookbank.

    • Lloyd A Brodnax

      Finally, someone else is saying exactly what I’ve been thinking and screaming since the Wild series but more so now. Thank you Michael. Rosival, Bollig, either Versteeg or Leddy, in that order, but the 1st two–Rosival & Bollig are liabilities to this team and WT# Zus still anchoring, slowing down the 2nd line, seriously? Coach Q’s adoration for the older veterans really concerns me, yes they were great for us last year during the run, but this year they are playing horrible, not 2mention Bollig taking dumb, I’ll-advised penalties. BecauseItstheCup! Hopefully it had better work out and I’m certain our Hawks will at minimum reclaim home ice advantage, but to scratch Regin and not play Brookbank and Morin has me scratching my head!

      • Michael Castillo

        Exactly. Bollig shouldn’t be anywhere near the ice. He’s way too detrimental even though he’s much more well-rounded than last year, which isn’t saying much. And you’re right about ‘Zus too. I’m a Kings fan, and I love the guy for the way he played in LA, but outside of his time on the PK, his value is so low right now. How about something like this for forward lines?


        • nickatnoon

          They didn’t replay the phantom penalty on my feed so I cannot comment on it. The nebies like to whine about Bollig b/c they need a scapegoat for the loss. The refs played a huge part in this loss as I said they would. BUTTman wants a long serious for more shekels. Can the Hawks beat the refs, and the Queens? We will see.

          • nickatnoon

            newBies ^^^^^

          • Michael Castillo

            The refs have been bad both ways, but I wouldn’t say they played a role in your loss at all. Taking the penalties surely played a role, but if you’re given a bad penalty, it’s your job to kill the penalty. The Martinez roughing penalty in Game 1 was an awful call but the Kings couldn’t kill the penalty when they needed to. Bad calls happen, and the teams that win are the ones that don’t let that interrupt their game.

            And if we’re talking about the Too Many Men penalty on the Regin breakout that led to the 2nd PP goal, it’s worth noting that TMM should have been called on the Ben Smith goal in the second period, negating the goal. Kerry Fraser, the hall of fame referee, was arguing about it on his Twitter. So there’s been awfulness in both directions. It’s not like all of the calls are going against the Hawks and cost the win. Bollig taking a penalty away from the play because he’s a one-dimensional player that is detrimental to his team late in games isn’t the refs’ fault.