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Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw apologizes for slur: 'No excuses'

Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw apologizes for slur: 'No excuses'

Andrew Shaw was apologetic for the homophobic slur he used late in the Blackhawks’ game on Tuesday night, understanding that what he said was wrong.

He will, however, face consequences.

Shaw was suspended one game for using a slur in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. He was also suspended $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture at an on-ice official. Shaw did both after being called for roughing with about two minutes remaining in regulation.

He is also required to undergo sensitivity training.

Colin Campbell, the league’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement that, “while Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions. The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”

A visibly upset Shaw addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon before the Blackhawks departed for St. Louis, where they’ll play Game 5 on Thursday night without him in the lineup. Speaking a few minutes after the game, Shaw said he didn’t remember what he said. This afternoon Shaw said he watched video of his slur late last night and “had a tough time sleeping.”

“I have no excuses for anything,” Shaw said. “I want to apologize to the gay and lesbian community. That’s not the type of guy I am. This is hard for me. I saw the video last night and I had a tough time sleeping. What’s gotten to me is that I let my emotions get the better of me. I want to apologize to the organization, the NHL, my teammates, my family and my friends. Obviously I’m sorry it’s a tough time for me right now.”

The Blackhawks issued statements, from the organization and from Shaw, before the team’s availability on Wednesday afternoon. The Blackhawks, in that statement, said, “we are extremely disappointed in Andrew Shaw'sactions last night. His comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organization. We are proud to have an inclusive and respectful environment, and to support various initiatives such as the You Can Play Project and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. We will use this opportunity to further educate ourplayers and organization moving forward, so that we all may learn from it.”

Jonathan Toews called the incident “a teachable moment.”

“I think we can all be a little more conscious of the impact that word might have and know that it can be used loosely. I think we’re all thinking about that much more than if we haven’t before. And we stand behind Shawzy and who he is as a person, behind his apology as well,” Toews said. “I think we all know what type of person he is. He’s a great guy that everyone loves in the locker room. Obviously he knows he made a mistake in the heat of the momentlast night.”

Coach Joel Quenneville agreed with Toews’ sentiment and offered his apologies as well.

“What Andrew did was unacceptable and a very good experience to learn from,” said Quenneville, who was asked what could be done to eliminate that word. “I think the education, what we’re talking about right now, is the best way to eradicate what we’re talking about.”

Shaw let his emotions get the best of him, and it will cost him what could be the Blackhawks’ final game of the postseason. He said he’s learned from his mistake, from his terrible choice of word and says, “I’ll never use that word again, that’s for sure.”

“I do, I get it. It’s a hurtful word and it’s 2016 now,” Shaw said. “It’s time that everyone’s treated equally.”

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?