Canadiens Andrew Shaw has grown a longer fuse with maturity

Canadiens  Andrew Shaw has grown a longer fuse with maturity
“Probably not,” Shaw said Friday after the Canadiens held an optional practice at the Bell Centre. “We were talking about it today, actually.”

Shaw was talking about the night eight years ago that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin — then the director of player personnel with the Chicago Blackhawks — attended an OHL playoff game in London when the Knights were playing Shaw’s Owen Sound Attack team. Bergevin was there to scout Knights centre Vladislav Namestnikov.

“I ended up fighting (Jarred) Tinordi that night and (Bergevin) said that’s when he recognized who I was,” Shaw said. “So I don’t think without that (short fuse) in my play, I don’t think I would have been in the NHL.”

Namestnikov ended up being selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round (27th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, while the Blackhawks took Shaw in the fifth round (139th overall).

Did Shaw win his fight with the 6-foot-6 Tinordi?

“That one, no,” Shaw said with a grin. “But I fought him again and I made sure I got the upper hand early. He was a big boy.”

Shaw has always played bigger than his size, listed at 5-foot-11 and 182 pounds, and his short fuse has got him in trouble at times. During his first season with the Canadiens after being acquired from the Blackhawks in the summer of 2016, Shaw had 110 penalty minutes. This season, he has 65 penalty minutes and with 17-21-38 totals is one point away from matching his career high — set in 2013-14 with the Blackhawks — despite having missed 19 games.

Shaw took an interference penalty in the third period of Thursday’s 4-0 win over the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre and had a few words for the referee while skating to the penalty box. But with a little longer fuse now, he didn’t blow up.

“Normally, I would have lost it maybe a little bit,” Shaw said. “Maturity, I think, takes over a bit.”

Said coach Claude Julien about Shaw: “There’s still times where you got to reel him in. But, having said that, that’s what makes Andrew Shaw Andrew Shaw. He’s a fiery little guy. I always say the same thing: I’d rather pull a guy back a little bit than have to kick him to get him going. With Andrew, that’s usually the case. You got to reel him back in once in a while, but his emotions … and he’s always there every game. He’s ready to play, he wants to win, and those are all good traits that he has. But with good things there’s always a little challenge that comes along the way and we just have to manage that.”
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