Shaw’s hit on Fast dirt cheap

During the first period of the Rangers/Canadiens game at Bell Centre, Montreal forward Andrew Shaw took a run at Rangers forward Jesper Fast. With his team trailing 1-0, Shaw came after Fast with a late high hit that knocked him down. He didn’t get up right away. It was the type of dangerous hit the NHL Department Of Player Safety are trying to get rid of.

That it’s Shaw’s first game back from a concussion speaks volumes. The former Blackhawk obviously has no respect for his peers. I don’t recall him going this far with Chicago where he helped them win Stanley Cups. But this is unacceptable. Judge for yourself:

Fast has returned to the Rangers bench for the second period. As for Shaw, the officials gave him the gate with an interference major penalty and game misconduct. Will he face further supplementary discipline for his actions in his return game? Don’t bet on it.

One other note. Good on Fast’s teammate J.T. Miller for standing up for him. He lost the battle. But won a lot of respect. If they really are considering trading Miller, it would be a grave mistake.


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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