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No discipline for Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw following Brock Nelson headbutt

A game misconduct is enough.

Andrew Shaw in less headbutty times.
Andrew Shaw in less headbutty times.
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago forward Andrew Shaw was assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct for delivering a headbutt to New York's Brock Nelson in last night's 4-1 win over the Islanders .

It was expected that Shaw would receive some supplemental discipline from the league for the hit, but word has come down from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman that Shaw won't be getting a call from 6th Avenue today.

Here's the play, which happened during the second period with the Blackhawks up 2-0. Shaw and Nelson were tied up in the corner when Shaw dips his head and then pushes his helmet up into Nelson's chin and/or nose. As Friedman notes, the camera angle is behind Nelson, so it's not 100% clear.


Shaw was whistled immediately, skated to the penalty box and then left for the locker room. The Islanders were given a five-minute power play on which they recorded one whole shot on net. Way to capitalize, guys.

Surely there is some vast conspiracy to screw the Islanders, a suburban, non Original Six team even punching bags are allowed to beat up on occasion. Or the Department of Player Safety decided Shaw's attack was a few degrees below what the Junkyard Dog used to do and figured five and a game was enough. Or...

With the Islanders on a four game losing streak with three days between games, this will definitely be met with calm and rational discussion.