Shaw’s Meltdown Was More Passion Than Malice

Andrew Shaw made his spiritual debut in the midst of Chicago’s dynasty. Immediately becoming an intricate aspect of the game plan. He fought, stirred the pot and on a team littered with talent found himself playing first line power play minutes.

Unfortunately for Shaw, who is known around his teammates as “the mut”, didn’t necessarily translate well in contract negotiations. Shaw was sent to Montreal for a pair of second round picks where he was beloved by fans and adored by his former head coach Joel Quenneville who experienced some diversity early in the season in his absence.

North of the boarder, the mut has picked up exactly where he left off last season. Showing the fans of Montreal that Shaw can get his hands dirty, but also chip in offensively. In 23 games, he’s amassed 9 points, five of them being goals.

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Playing every game with a fiery intensity that only true competitors possess. That being said, just as easily as that can be used to his advantage, it can also be detrimental. With under a minute Shaw was called for a penalty with his Canadiens down by a goal to the Ducks on Tuesday night.

He didn’t take the attention well. Once he was corralled to the penalty box, Shaw proceeded to put on quite the show.

Emotional outbursts aren’t woven into the fabric of the game that is hockey, so when they do happen, they are often put under a microscope. Personally, I don’t mind players showing their passion for the game. After all, us fans are left simply with black and white post game interviews and the occasional social media post plugging an organization they support.

Excuse my overall lack of interest.

Regardless, history has shown that some players run diagonally across this mentality. Shaw wasn’t a trail blazer, he just simply was recreating some old hockey magic.

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No man embodied that type of emotion quite like Martin Brodeur.

During the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, Brodeur blew a gasket when a video replay of a goal scored with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation didn’t go his way. A verbal dispute with the officials quickly turned into a slammed stick and a B line to the locker room.

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Darcy Tucker never, and I really mean never, shied away from confrontation. In this particular altercation, Tucker went after a man who not only was sitting on the bench, but a player that did absolutely nothing to him.

What resulted was one of the better line brawls in the turn of the century.

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Anyone familiar with hockey knows the exact context from which this photo was taken.

Patrick Roy is the most peculiar of all these stories. Praised as a godlike figure in Montreal, Roy had won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Canadiens. Heralded as one of, if not, the best goaltender in the sport. It all came to an abrupt halt on December 2nd, 1995. It was no shock that Roy and recently hired head coach Mario Tremblay were far from friendly with one another. Detroit skated into the old Montreal Forum, and would leave 11-1 victors. Roy allowed 9 goals on 26 shots.

Once Tremblay finally decided to relieve Roy of his duty he stormed past his head coach and told then president Ronald Corey that this was his last game he would play as a Canadien.

Roy subsequently was traded to Colorado where he would win two more Stanley Cups.

Honorable mention goes to Tuukka Rask’s memorable freak out.


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