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NHL investigating whether Clowe left bench legally to confront Shaw (video)

Feb 23, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

Last night’s record-breaking win by the Blackhawks didn’t come without incident.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the NHL is looking into whether or not San Jose’s Ryane Clowe left the bench to engage Chicago’s Andrew Shaw after Shaw delivered a hit from behind on Sharks forward Joe Pavelski.

As’s Tracey Myers notes, there’s a suspension coming for Clowe if he is guilty of leaving the bench to start an altercation. Doing that comes with a 10-game suspension.

What the league will look at on this play is whether or not Clowe came over the boards on a legal line change. Considering Pavelski was nearly helped into the bench by Shaw, there’s some reasonable doubt.

Then again, why would a guy who has no goals be coming on the ice with under 30 seconds left to play with his team needing a score to tie it? That’ll be up to the league to decide.

UPDATE (4:26 p.m. ET): TSN’s Darren Dreger says the league has offered Clowe an in-person meeting on Monday to discuss what happened.

For now, check out the video courtesy of CSNChicago and judge for yourself.

  1. shutyourfivehole - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Take Clowe, please. He has done nothing for the Sharks except rack up PIM’s.

    • bigtganks - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Did you see him lose his bloody mind and have that tantrum meltdown in the box vs the Canucks? He’s got to get himself under control.

  2. steverolley - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    funny no Hawks fan on here today talking about dirty hits, just have sore fingers for typing about the Hansen hit for 48 hours straight

    • koredan - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      I’m not sure what we’re supposed to be arguing about? No one’s denied it was a bad, stupid hit. Disappointing, too, since recently Shaw had seemed to be getting a handle on his temper and not taking so many idiotic penalties. But it was recognized as a bad hit and he was penalized appropriately at the time. That’s how the system’s supposed to work, so, the end. Why would Hawks fans (or anyone) complain about things working right?

  3. jpat2424 - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    10 games later days

  4. jpat2424 - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Hansen is dirty

    • salmon90 - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      but technically only 1/5th as dirty as Keith.

  5. lpotempa - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Was it not also Clowe who used his stick FROM THE BENCH to poke check the puck away from an LA Kings player during last year’s playoffs?

    Geez, Clowe really likes making (illegal) plays from the bench…

    • supr49er - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Nah, it was in the regular season.

  6. canucks18 - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Jpat you obviously are clueless to the game of hockey or you just don’t watch enough because calling Hansen dirty is beyond asinine and just shows how little you know. Do your homework so you don’t come off like you are a halfwit.

  7. chitown26 - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    He has done absolutely nothing for the sharks all season but turn the puck over and back-check like a snail. Zero goals and his physical presence isn’t near what it should be.

    The guy is hardly NHL caliber. He’d probably make an impact for some AHL team right now but his NHL days are numbered I think.

    I’d like to see the Sharks get what they can for him now. Ship him out.

    (Pavelski clearly isn’t on the bench, Clowe comes flying off the bench. Bye bye for 10, Clowey.)

  8. ravenscaps48 - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    So you can elbow somebody in the head and get a three to five game suspension…. But if you leave the bench and start a fight, it’s a ten game suspension?….. Makes sense

    • trigzter - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      The suspension is supposed to deter bench clearing brawls

  9. sjsblitz - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Clowe has been hurting the team with his play as of late and his career(he’s in a contract you with nothing but PIM this season. Props to him sticking up for Pavs for a dirty hit, and yes Chi Fans you know it was a bad hit.

    • toewsingkaner - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Shaw had made a bad hit and got penalized for it. Clowe knows the rules for coming off the bench illegally. So Clowe made an incredibly more stupid decision then Shaw since his might cost him 10 games.

  10. jpat2424 - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Hitting somebody in the back off the head with a forearm shiver with no intent to go after a puck isn’t dirty then I don’t know what is and apparently the league agreed with me. So go whine with your coach and the rest off your dirty nucks players

    • salmon90 - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      this discussion is about a retaliation based on a Hawks player hitting a player in a vulnerable position from behind. Read your sentence, look up the word irony, then reply.

  11. windycity99 - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    It was a bad hit but Clowe clearly came of the bench. Should be a suspension.

  12. sjsharks66 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I would think the sharks were making a line change. Since he came off the bench after the whistle. Clowe is not stupid enough to make that mistake with 30 seconds left in a game.

    This reminds me of when they threw lucic out against vancouver last year. They claimed he got off the bench to fight. Turns out it was a perfectly legal line change.

    I am not so quick to give up on clowe. He has been a dominating power forward in the league for years. No reason to ship him out yet.

  13. sprtsfan1 - Feb 23, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Not sure why no one is talking about Shaw’s hit from behind. I’m a Blackhawks fan but I know a bad hit when I see one. I wouldn’t have blamed Clowe for jumping off the bench to defend his teammate after that hit.

    • toewsingkaner - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Rules are the rules and Clowe knows them. Clowe decides to jump off the bench illegally, he knows the possible consequences. End of story.

  14. thehighcountrybear - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Our Ryane hasn’t been the same since getting buried by Kronwall…after having Niklas’ left shoulder pad surgically removed from his chest cavity and the digits 55 embossed in his face, his need to go hunting the likes of Kronwall, as he did on that momentous day, has tailed-off considerably? Ditto rational play under duress…

  15. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Shaw is an idiot, why doesnt he get suspended aswell

  16. blackhawks2010 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Borderline hit, Shaw should get a game to sit. Although Clowe clearly came off the bench and the rules are the rules. Clowe keeps killing the Sharks.

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