The Senators welcomed back goaltender Craig Anderson with a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago center Andrew Shaw had a different sort of greeting for Ottawa’ Zack Smith.
The gritty forward speared Smith in a very ungentlemanly place in the third period of Friday’s game.
Shaw received a major for spearing and a game misconduct on the play.
Zack Smith didn't like the spear by Andrew Shaw at the end. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 29, 2014
“I gave him a little whack in the legs and he turned around and speared me,” Smith told Senators Extra.
Smith would’ve liked a chance to drop the gloves and avenge the attach by Shaw. “[Not being able to fight] was a little frustrating, too,” he said. “You get speared (in the nether regions) and you’re not allowed to fight to defend it. I wasn’t too happy with that.”
The question is how the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will look at the spear.
I'm thinking we may see Shaw get suspended for a game for that spear. Just an incredibly undisciplined and stupid move.
— James Neveau (@JamesNeveau) March 29, 2014
Will Brendan Shanahan come calling?
UPDATED: Looks like there’s nothing further from the league:
#Blackhawks winger Andrew Shaw will not face a disciplinary hearing from NHL for spearing Senators' Zack Smith last night.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 29, 2014