Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw will not be suspended for slew-footing Buffalo’s Johan Larsson.

Shaw made his presence felt in Thursday night’s game, scoring a goal and drawing a penalty en route to a 4-1 Habs victory.  It was his play at the end of the game, though, that drew the most attention.

In the closing seconds of the opening game of the season for both clubs, Shaw took out the Sabres winger.



Referees Dan O’Rourke and Jean Hebert assessed a match penalty for slew-footing.  Though the game had officially ended at the time of the booking, a match penalty requires mandatory suspension of the player until a hearing can take place.

Rule 52 – Slew-Footing

Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.

52.2 Match Penalty – Any player who is guilty of slew-footing shall be assessed a match penalty.

52.3 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for slew-footing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has opted not to suspend Shaw. Despite receiving a match penalty – even with no time left on the clock – Shaw will serve no time for his dangerous play.

Shaw was suspended in the preseason. The gritty winger missed three games for boarding.  He was also suspended during the 2016 playoffs for abusive language directed toward the officials and in the 2012 playoffs for charging Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.

If he doesn’t get it by now, I’m not sure an ‘educational meeting’ is going to make much difference.

For what it’s worth, here’s a refresher on slew-footing. Hopefully, Andrew Shaw is watching: