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Andrew Shaw: If anyone can pull that off, it should still be a goal

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Andrew Shaw: If anyone can pull that off, it should still be a goal

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrew Shaw wasn’t thinking about whether it would be legal or not, wasn’t thinking about any potential rules that could nullify his goal-scoring attempt.

He was in front of the net, it was late, the game was already in double overtime and he just wanted to end the damn thing.

“At that point, you just react to the moment,” Shaw said. “You try to get it in and get the game over.”

Shaw got it in, but the game wasn’t over. For as crafty as his head-butt goal was, it was also disallowed. It wasn’t funny at the time but Shaw did laugh about it later, after Marcus Kruger’s goal gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in triple overtime. For Shaw, it was just a reaction: he was in front of Frederik Anderson during a Blackhawks power play and just knocked the puck off his head. A review, however, ruled it no goal.

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Rule 78.5 (i) states: “Apparent goals shall be disallowed when the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick.”

Shaw was part of a game a few years ago that featured another header: in 2011 Memorial Cup game between Mississauga and Owen Sound (Shaw’s team), Mississauga/former Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly’s header was disallowed.

While the Blackhawks celebrated Shaw’s “goal” immediately, coach Joel Quenneville had a bad feeling.

“I saw it live; I didn’t like our chances. I was hoping he might have hit it on the way in but wanted to make sure on the replay,” he said. “That was crazy. He probably got that from the soccer [some of the Blackhawks play] before the games and he doesn’t want to let it hit the ice. It was probably one of those instinct plays.”

Shaw said he still should’ve gotten credit, despite the rules.

“I understood,” he said. “But I still think if anyone can pull that off, it should still be a goal.”

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Apparently he wasn’t the only one.

I know it’s in the rule book but that’s a pretty athletic play and a pretty entertaining play as well,” Patrick Sharp said. “It was a nice play by Shawzie. We thought maybe that was it, but you just regroup. It’s much like the series: you take the next game, the next battle as it comes. You don’t get too high or too low, you just keep fighting.”

The Blackhawks did, and late in triple overtime Kruger scored a legal goal. What was a reactionary play ended up being a disallowed goal for Shaw. Still, it was worth a shot, and it could always lead to a second career.

“Who knows,” Shaw said. “Maybe the Premier League’s going to be scouting me next year.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis welcome Nick Gismondi into the fold before discussing Friday's win over Columbus. Robin Lehner played stellar and is forming quite a tandem in net with Corey Crawford (4:10), while the DeBrincat/Kane connection is alive and well (6:10), and the Blackhawks' struggles at even strength continued (12:10). Then, the guys react to the breaking news of Kirby Dach's recall from Rockford and discuss where he might fit into this lineup (15:10).

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October 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

October 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

October 19, 2007 — The Blackhawks beat the Avalanche 5-3 at the United Center. Pulling up the webpage shows an ordinary early-season NHL game, but it’s quite significant for a few reasons — and not only because of Jonathan Toews’ incredible highlight-reel goal at 06:59 of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead (please take a minute to find that highlight if you can. It’s a great goal).

Patrick Sharp added a goal at 08:29, and at 14:36, Patrick Kane scored a goal of his own. It was the first goal of Kane’s NHL career.

AND the first time that both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored a goal in the same game.

About five years ago, I started keeping track of when they both scored a goal in the same game. It became a thing. I’d post it on Twitter whenever it happened. And people started asking what their record was when it happened, so I’d have that too. It was, and still is, one of my favorite things to follow when the Blackhawks take the ice.

As of this writing, Toews and Kane have scored a goal in the same game 96 times (102 including postseason). And the Blackhawks are 84-7-5 when they do so (with an additional 6-0 in playoffs), which is to be expected when your best players combine to do good things.

I was curious, so I enlisted the help of the Elias Sports Bureau to take things a bit further.

Believe it or not, Toews & Kane do NOT have the lead among current teammates in instances with a goal in the same game. Here’s that list (regular season only):

101 — Nicklas Backstrom & Alex Ovechkin (Capitals)

96  Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)

94 — Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)

64 — Patrick Marleau & Joe Thornton (Sharks)

63 — Dustin Brown & Anze Kopitar (Kings)

What is probably NOT as surprising is that they don’t have the Blackhawks record in instances with a goal in the same game. Because the Blackhawks have two all-time greats who played a long time together. Here’s that list (regular season only):

139 — Bobby Hull & Stan Mikita

96 — Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane

88 — Steve Larmer & Denis Savard

77 — Bobby Hull & Kenny Wharram

75 — Dennis Hull & Stan Mikita

Toews & Kane may not top the list of current teammates, but the duo from the Nation’s Capitol have but one Stanley Cup together whereas the Chicago tandem has three (though Crosby & Malkin are right there with them). As for trailing Hull & Mikita… well, there’s no shame in that. Plus there’s time to add to that total. There’s a good chance they break triple digits this season, and that will be fun to track. Where will they end up when they hang up the skates? That remains to be seen, as they both seemingly have plenty of good hockey left to be played.

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