Shaw to face hearing for contact with Smith

Monday, Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will face a disciplinary hearing for contact made with Phoenix goalie Mike Smith in the second period of Saturday night's 3-2 OT win.

As the video shows, Shaw was chasing the puck behind the net while Smith was handling the puck.  There was no elbow...no shoulder...just contact.

The incredible "Oh I've been shot!" sell job by Smith certainly added to the on ice decision to give Shaw a five minute major and a game misconduct.  But Smith didn't miss a shift.  Regardless, I'd be shocked if Shaw doesn't get suspended for a game or two.

Why?

Because the NHL is working backwards.  Shea Weber, who shoved Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass was giving a slap on the wrist, and the NHL's maximum fine of $2,500.

With that in mind, Shaw will probably get 2-3 games.

At most, he should get a fine.  He tucked his arms close to his body to protect himself and Smith, and never left his feet.  The contact was caused by a 6-4 goalie colliding with a 5-10 forward.  When the puck is behind the net, a forward has as much right to it as the goaltender.  Shaw did nothing wrong...and his punishment should reflect that.

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