Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw could face disciplinary action from the NHL after he appeared to use a homophobic slur during Game 4 of his team’s playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night. Chris Hine, a gay sportswriter who covers the Blackhawks, shared his thoughts on the outburst via Twitter.
Hine said he has a good relationship with Shaw, but he was understandably offended by what Shaw allegedly yelled.
As some of you may know, I'm a gay sportswriter — who covers the #Blackhawks. I like Andrew Shaw and have a good relationship with him …
Shaw appeared to be yelling at the officials after he was sent to the penalty box late in the game. He flipped the bird in addition to whatever derogatory remark he made. You can see the video here.
Following Chicago’s loss, Shaw was asked if he used a homophobic slur.
“I mean, emotions are high, I really don’t know what’s said,” he told Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune. “I was obviously upset with the call being that late in the game (as) it doesn’t give us a chance to tie it up.”
Hine had every right to be upset. Unfortunately, this has happened many times in professional sports. We saw it with Rajon Rondo when he was ejected earlier this season. Two years ago, Kobe Bryant was fined by the NBA for berating a referee with a homophobic slur (video here). This has to stop.
Andrew Shaw had quite the game for the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. He picked up a goal, two assists, four penalties, a double-bird to the refs, and one big gay slur.
The Blackhawks center was called for interference in the final few minutes of Chicago’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues that made the series 3-1 in favor of the Blues. Frustrated over the penalty that hurt Chicago’s chances at coming back, Shaw flipped a double-bird at the refs:
If you thought soccer was the only sport where you could use your head to score a goal, Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw proved you wrong on Tuesday night.
However, Shaw and everyone else quickly learned that scoring on a header is not legal in the NHL. The goal, which came with eight minutes remaining in the second overtime period, was correctly waved off.
Most people — including current NHL players — had no idea head-butting the puck into the net was illegal.
I'm back…. Just to say I had no idea you couldn't score with your head. And I've played 11 years. Still didn't know. Enjoy the game.
If there is anything we have learned by now, it’s that you don’t stick a microphone in front of a hockey player’s face after he’s played a long playoff game. Fortunately for us, these networks still haven’t learned the lesson.
Both Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw were heard dropping F-bombs after the Chicago Blackhawks came back to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup on Monday. Bolland, who punched in a rebound for the winning goal with 59 seconds left, casually let out his F-bomb during an interview with CBC.
“Yeah, it was a big one. We never give up as a team. We f—ing die hard, we do the right things. As a great team, we always battle to the end,” he said.
The casual nature of Bolland’s F-bomb was similar to the way Shaw let one out after Game 1 of the Cup Finals. Shaw also let out a “f—ing ay” as he was celebrating the win. He has more of an excuse, though, because he wasn’t being interviewed when he cursed:
Andrew Shaw took a puck to the face during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Monday, and he received stitches for the injury so he could later return to the game.
Bruins winger Shawn Thornton stole a puck from Shaw with about four minutes left in the first period and the Bruins up 1-0. Thornton then attempted a shot from just inside the blue line, but his puck deflected and ran up Shaw’s stick, hitting the Blackhawks center in the eye/face.
You can see a slow-motion replay of the puck creeping up the stick in this GIF:
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw found themselves at the center of the melee that broke out near the end of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. There wasn’t really much of a fight between the two, but they dragged each other down to the ice and exchanged a few blows. According to Marchand, Shaw did more than just that.
After the game, Marchand accused Shaw of gouging at his eyes while he was on top of him. He also gave him a new nickname.
“It was a bit of a scrum there in front, and stuff happens in hockey, especially in the playoffs with tempers running high,” Marchand said, per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com. “When [Chara] is battling with their guy, everybody is going to come in, and things just happen.
“Stuff happens. I’ve done that [punched a guy on the ice] before. The eye gouge is what I didn’t particularly like, but it’s part of the game. I’ve got a nice little scratch mark on my forehead from the claw marks from the … you know … kitty cat.”
Neither Shaw nor Marchand are exactly enforcers, so this will probably go nowhere. The most we will see is a few signs at the TD Garden with Shaw’s face on a cat’s body, but don’t expect the two to drop the gloves after the opening face-off or anything. Although, Shaw does blatantly drop F-bombs in his postgame press conferences. Maybe he’s more of a tough guy than we’re giving him credit for.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks was one of the longest games in NHL playoff history. The two teams played well into a third overtime before 21-year-old center Andrew Shaw put himself in a perfect position to deflect a puck past Tuukka Rask.
Shaw was actually the second player to deflect the puck, as defenseman Michal Rozsival snapped a shot from the point that was tipped first by Dave Bolland and then Shaw.
Both teams were visibly exhausted after playing more than 110 minutes of hockey. The Bruins had a number of scoring chances throughout the three overtime periods, but Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made several timely stops to keep his team alive with 54 saves. Rask was equally effective with 59 saves on 63 shots, but the puck bounced the Blackhawks’ way in the end.
Andrew Shaw deflected the puck into the net for the game-winning goal in triple-overtime of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-3 comeback win over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, and the hero kept it loose in his postgame interview with NBC’s Pierre McGuire. Maybe too loose.
McGuire asked Shaw to take him through the overtime goal. Shaw began describing what happened. He then casually let a “f—ing” slip out, it seemed.
“It was a great shot, great tip, f—ing … it was unbelievable. All the guys … we deserved this,” said Shaw.
According to FOXSports.com’s A.J. Perez, Shaw admitted after the game that he let the F-bomb slip out accidentally. He apparently said he made a “slip of the tongue” because of exhaustion.
Considering that the teams had played nearly 120 minutes of hockey, it’s hard to get too mad at him for letting down his guard. And we’re guessing that not too many youngsters heard it since it was midnight in the central time zone and 1:00 am on the East Coast by the time the game ended.