There are penalties you take to prevent a scoring chance. There are penalties you take in return for sticking up for your teammate.
And then there are penalties like the one Montreal’s Andrew Shaw took in Thursday night’s game against the Flyers.
Habs head coach Michel Therrien was not pleased with the unnecessary foul, which came with 3:14 remaining in the second period.
Just over a minute into the penalty, Philadelphia capitalized. Flyers captain Claude Giroux scored to tie the game at 1-1.
Shaw left the box and headed to the Canadiens’ bench, where he remained for the rest of the game. The bruising winger never saw another shift. Despite assisting on the Habs’ lone goal, Shaw was stapled to the bench for the entire third period.
Shaw’s 84 penalty minutes – a career high already – rank third in the NHL, but the players he trails – Antoine Roussel and Matthew Tkachuk – have each played at least ten more games. Shaw’s averaged 2.2 penalty minutes per game this season.
Those two minutes in the box last night — well, actually 1:04, since the Flyers scored, busting him out of jail early — proved to be costly, both for the Canadiens and for Shaw.