Andrew Shaw’s First NHL Game, Goal, Fight
Blackhawks rookie Andrew Shaw made his NHL debut last night. With 21 points and 80 PIMs in 33 games with Rockford this season Shaw shouldn't be described as a fighter, but he's not shy about mixing it up.
After Chicago scored the first goal of the game about three minutes in and Zac Rinaldo challenged him, he wasn't about to decline. It was Shaw's first NHL fight, but unfortunately for him, Rinaldo's best.
Shaw skated off for some repairs afterwards, and a new sweater, but pumping fists and proud nonetheless. He told the Sun-Times:
"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."
That wasn't Shaw's only stand-out moment. In the second period he scored his first NHL goal, giving the 'Hawks a 2-1 lead. Philly tied it up seconds later and added two more before the period was done. Chicago scored twice within 25 seconds to tie it up in the third only to lose when James van Riemsdyk scored on a power play with 33 seconds left.
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Andrew Shaw vs Zac Rinaldo Jan 5, 2012
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