Andrew Shaw still loves shin pads.
The forward's equipment played a huge role in a thrilling Blackhawks overtime victory Friday night and the defending Stanley Cup champions are one victory from dispatching the Blues in their first round NHL playoff series after a heart-thumping 3-2 victory in Game 5 at the Scottrade Center.
Jonathan Toews scooped up a pass from Duncan Keith — that first deflected off Shaw's shin pad — raced in on Blues goaltender Ryan Miller on a breakaway and tucked in a backhand shot at the 7-minute, 36 second mark of overtime to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series that resumes Sunday at the United Center.
The fortuitous deflection off Shaw's shin pad was reminiscent of Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins when the winning goal in triple overtime deflected off Shaw's shin and into the net. During that raucous celebration, Shaw yelled "I love shin pads!"
The affection remains.
"Duncan fired it down, it hit my leg and went ...