Veteran teammates keep Hawks' Shaw humble
Don't look for Andrew Shaw to get a big head in his first full season with the Blackhawks as his minutes and responsibilities increase.
"I can't get ahead of myself," said Shaw, who scored the only goal in Sunday's 1-0 win over Columbus. "I've got to stay level-headed and make sure I'm grounded, just compete and work hard. That's my game.
"All the guys (keep him grounded). If you're getting too cocky in the dressing room, they'll let you know. That's the great thing about this team. Mostly the older guys just make sure the young guys stay level-headed and focus on the task."
Shaw took 4 goals and 7 points into Monday's game against Edmonton. He was also plus-5 playing center on the checking line with Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg.
"We just try to play defensive hockey and after defense comes offense," Shaw said. "We just try to cycle the puck and create chances when we can. Everyone plays a lot of minutes and it helps my confidence."
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville is satisfied with what he is getting from Shaw, especially on the first power play unit in front of the net.
"It's not an easy job," Quenneville said. "Especially for a smaller guy, there's definitely abuse he takes to travel those areas. Whether he protects himself from those vicious hits or finds a way to get in the lane of the shot, that's the job description.
"He's got to be the type of person that's willing to go there and travel there. He finds a way to get there quickly and then recognizes when it's time to get some outlets and retrieve loose pucks. I think he's been good at both. Both he and Viktor and getting better at it and it's helping our power play."
Ray Emery got the start on Monday against the Oilers as expected.
"Corey (Crawford) was coming off the injury there and we wanted to see how things went (Sunday) night," Joel Quenneville said of Crawford's 1-0 shutout of the Blue Jackets. "He had a full workload and he handled it well.
"The way things have transpired, no matter who's in the net the goaltending has been outstanding. It's a real healthy situation right now."
Clowe gets another game:
San Jose's Ryane Clowe was suspended an additional game by the NHL on Monday for leaving the bench during what was ruled a legal line change to fight Andrew Shaw on Friday.
That's a total of two games for Clowe, who could have received 10 for leaving the bench to fight if the line change wasn't ruled legal.
"It's hard to see exactly what happened," Joel Quenneville said. "It was at the end of the game. There was a whistle and a (line) change. That could have been how they interpreted it."
Dave Bolland missed his second straight game Monday with an upper body injury. Joel Quenneville expects the veteran center to resume skating later this week. … Steve Montador (concussion) and Rostislav Olesz (knee) continue to make progress in their rehab from injuries. They both have been having what Quenneville called "quality skates."
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