CHICAGO -- Maybe the Twitter hashtag #ShawFacts needs to make a comeback.
Andrew Shaw, the gritty Chicago Blackhawks forward, is finding his second wind as a feisty player and go-to-the-net guy. He scored the seventh goal of his career in a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Friday.
The goal came only after taking 10 stitches above his left eye.
“I was going to the net and went to give him [goalie Henrik Lundqvist] a whack on his stick and turned around and his helmet caught me in the face,” Shaw explained after the game.
Shaw went off for repairs and returned to tie the game 1-1 in the second period. He tipped in a Johnny Oduya point shot as he went skating near the slot.
“I said we were going to get some greasy ones tonight and we went out there and got a few,” Shaw said.
The highest praise for Shaw was left for his coach.
“Shaw had a strong game,” Joel Quenneville said. “Had the puck a lot. Smart player, he‘s tenacious. He’s effective and competitive. He finds a way to get the job done.”
Shaw does that by going to the net. Just about all seven of his goals have come from the crease or slot area. And for good measure he chirped big John Scott trying to get the former Hawk off his game.
“Just tried to get in his ear and [tick] him off,” Shaw said. “He shrugged me off.”
So did many as Shaw's well-told story has made the rounds. Dropping to the fifth round of the NHL draft in 2011, his third year of eligibility, made Shaw hungry. He went down to the minors after a huge debut but now he’s back and making an impact.
“I’m just playing my game and having fun,” he said.
• Patrick Sharp scored his 26th goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 in the third period. Sharp also assisted on Patrick Kane’s game winning empty net goal.
• Kane’s 17th goal of the season marked the second consecutive home game the winning goal was credited with an empty net. After Kane made it 4-2, Brad Richards scored with 40 seconds remaining.
“That was the longest 40 seconds of the game,” Kane said.
• The Hawks are now 11-0-2 this season when Kane delivers a multi-point effort and 71-8-12 in his career.