A replay during the third period of Game 3 between the Blackhawks and Predators showed Andrew Shaw bending down on the Blackhawks bench, holding his face before looking back at Mike Ribeiro, who had just thrown a punch at him from the ice.
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There was no whistle on the play and after re-watching the sequence develop, it looked like Shaw had possibly been grabbing Ribeiro's arm from the bench, prompting him to throw a swing his way.
Neither player received any further discipline and both said Thursday that it's just part of the game this time of year.
"It's hockey," Shaw said. "You're going to get hit, you're going to get punched and you're going to move on.
"The intensity's going to build up. Things like that happen during the playoffs. You play a team like Nashville so much it amps everything. You see it here and there. Playoffs get more intense. Physical play amps up more."
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When asked whether he expects Shaw to retaliate in Game 4, Ribeiro said the media's making the incident into way more than it was.
"It's part of the game," Ribeiro said. "I don't think so, I think [the media] likes to get those things going and it's fun for you guys. But I think once the game starts, I think it'd be stupid of him to try to get one back. You guys can keep talking about it and have fun with it.
"I have nothing to say. Well maybe like, not grabbing the guy on the ice either. It can go both ways."