The legend of Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw grew a bit more following an altercation last weekend that will see last year's rookie sensation in street clothes for a few weeks.
Shaw was the primary recipient of sanctions handed down by the American Hockey League Wednesday for Saturday night's tussle with Lake Erie Monsters forward Patrick Bordeleau after the second period.
The IceHogs had pulled to within a goal of the lead minutes earlier. A scrum behind the Monsters' net was caused when Bordeleau shoved Brandon Pirri and threw Ben Smith down. Jeremy Morin came in to retaliate and the officials began the process of sorting things out.
Just when things seemed to be settling down and the teams could head to their locker rooms, Bordeleau jumped Rockford's Dylan Olsen. Olsen was punched and taken to the ice when the cavalry arrived in the form of Shaw.
Shaw came over the boards, made a beeline toward his fallen teammate and did his best Brian Urlacher imitation, tackling Bordeleau and delivering several uppercuts before he was pulled off by the officials.
Bordeleau tossed off his helmet and was ready to fight Shaw proper.
Wade Brookbank had similar aspirations of a dance with Bordeleau, leaving the bench and flinging his helmet in anticipation of a bout. The officials got to the IceHogs veteran before the two could tie up and Bordeleau declined a similar invitation from Brandon Bollig.
In all, three IceHogs were suspended for their actions Saturday. Brookbank got a game off for leaving the bench while Olsen was handed a two-game suspension for a head check earlier in the game.
Bordeleau, who initiated the scrum after the horn and jumped Olsen from behind, received a game misconduct Saturday but no further discipline from the AHL. The fact that he was on the ice when the trouble started has much to do with the lack of a suspension.
Does Shaw's NHL history factor into the AHL's sentence? It's food for thought, but Shaw did leave the bench and ambush Bordeleau. He was coming in to defend Olsen, but there is little disputing the fact that Shaw deserves some time off.
I will say this: Shaw still has the stones he did last year with Rockford and the Blackhawks. The kid is 5'10" and was more than ready to tangle with the 6'6", 240-pound Bordeleau. Taking on a big veteran who knows how to use his fists shows moxie if not a lot of discipline.
Shaw, who has a goal and three assists in 10 games so far in Rockford, hasn't sparkled as he did last December with the IceHogs. He won't get the chance to get his game in gear until November 23. The opponent awaiting Shaw that night will be none other than Lake Erie, which hosts Rockford for two games that weekend.
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