I have lost all confidence and respect for the NHL and the authorities involved in handing out suspensions in this league.
According to Shanahan, Shaw is guilty of charging, not attempting to avoid contact with Smith, and has no priors, but still deserves a 3 GAME! suspension. Come on, this is absolutely an abomination, especially given the lack of suspensions in the past few weeks on players who deserved it. First of all, I do not see this as charging.
Every single time I watch this video, I am more convinced of Smith's blatant diving act. You might claim that I am not being objective, but I call out people for dirty plays when they make them, and I want to see the game get cleaner. Taking dives worthy of an Oscar is not conducive to clean hockey, and the ignorance of the league to comment or take action based on Smith's is very disconcernting. Shaw is not moving that fast, and he cringes inside himself when about to make contact with Smith. Did he avoid him, no, but he did not destroy him either. You can see Smith push off from the hit which exaggerates his spin, while Shaw is barely moved by the impact.
This does not destroy the Hawks momentum, or spell disaster for them either. Shaw was playing some strong hockey, and he will be missed, but the show will go on. This might give Frolik a shot to make a difference, as he is the most likely candidate for Shaw's replacement.
Honestly, my brain is spinning while trying to make sense of it all.
Matt Carkner is suspended for 1 game after punching Boyle when he was down, and when Boyle made no attempts to fight back. Carkner had priors and his actions were down right disgusting, but only serves 1 game. Shaw gets 3 for bumping into a goalie?