Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Andrew Shaw was suspended by the NHL on Tuesday for three games for his hit on Phoenix goalie Mike Smith in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
Smith was playing the puck behind the net when Shaw skated in and caught the goalie in the head with his shoulder, knocking him to the ice. Smith got up after about five minutes and stayed in the game.
Smith didn't practice Monday, but skated Tuesday morning and was in the starting lineup that night for Game 3. The teams alternated overtime wins in the opening two games played at Phoenix.
Shaw was ejected after hitting Smith on Saturday night. NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said Shaw's contact with Smith wasn't incidental and that the rookie didn't make a reasonable effort to avoid Smith.
''It is a forceful blow delivered by Shaw's shoulder to Smith's chin,'' Shanahan said. ''This is not a case of a skater and goaltender colliding while pursuing a loose puck. Shaw skated a considerable dista...