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The NHL is investigating the use of a homophobic slur by Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw during Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Tuesday night at the United Center. After getting an interference penalty late in the Blues’ 4-3 victory, Shaw was yelling at officials while seated in the penalty ct-game-4-blackhawks-vs-blues-photos-20160419box and video of the incident appeared to show him using a homophobic slur. In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Shaw said: “I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box. When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances. I apologize to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake.” The Blackhawks added in a statement: “We are extremely disappointed in Andrew Shaw’s actions last night. His comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organization. We are proud to have an inclusive and respectful environment, and to support various initiatives such as the You Can Play Project and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. We will use this opportunity to further educate our players and organization moving forward, so that we all may learn from it.”

After the game on Tuesday night, Shaw was asked if he had used a slur. “I mean, emotions are high, I really don’t know what’s said,” Shaw said. “I was obviously upset with the call being that late in the game (as) it doesn’t give us a chance to tie it up.” He was asked again if he used the slur and Shaw replied: “Like I just said, I can repeat myself for you. Emotions were high. I don’t know what was said. Obviously, I was upset with the call. It was late in the game like that. I wasn’t happy with the call.” Shaw also appeared to hold up both middle fingers (with his gloves still on) toward officials while heading to the penalty box. He could be disciplined for the incident because the NHL’s Hockey Operations have disciplined players in the past for obscene gestures or language. The NHL decided on a 1-game suspension and a fine of $5,000 for Shaw. He will also undergo sensitivity training. The league specified Shaw’s fine stems from an inappropriate gesture he directed at an on-ice official during Tuesday’ game.


Last week, the Blackhawks announced that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Carl Dahlstrom on a three-year contract, which begins at the start of the 2016-17 season. Dahlstrom has skated in three games with the AHL Rockford IceHogs this season. He tallied eight points (1 goal, 7 goals) in 50 games with the Swedish Hockey League’s Linkoping HC this year. Dahlstrom also added one assist in six postseason contests. Drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 NHL draft, Dahlstrom made his North American debut last season with Rockford, recording one assist in two games. He has collected 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 117 career regular-season SHL games and posted five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 31 postseason tilts across three seasons with Linkoping.


On Sunday, defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his 20th career playoff goal. That number is now the new record-holder for most playoff goals by a defenseman in Blackhawks history, as Seabrook passed Doug Wilson and Bob Murray on the all-time list. The goal came on a power play early in the first period, as he blasted a shot past Brian Elliott. He has scored some of the most famous goals in Blackhawks playoff history, including his series-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 postseason and his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

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