Andrew Shaw scored the only goal on Sunday night for the Chicago Blackhawks, all they needed to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 and extend their NHL record with an 18th straight game to open the season with at least one point. They're now 15-0-3 thanks to Shaw's tally.
But it wasn't all good for Shaw He wasn't feeling too good on the bench after taking a spear right to the groin from James Wisniewski.
Shaw, who has a reputation growing of being pesky -- just ask Mike Smith -- was in a tussel with Wisniewski in the Blue Jackets' goal crease. It was at that point that Shaw delivered a cross-check right to Wisniewski's back, certainly enough to upset anybody. So Wisniewski's repsonse was to jab Shaw in the family jewels.
I suppose that's one way to clear the crease.
It's going to be interesting to see if the league wants to look at this one. Wisniewski has a history with the league office and we know Brendan Shanahan doesn't look kindly on repeat offenders. Presumably the league doesn't look too fondly on players spearing others either, especially in the nether region.
And no, I don't buy that it was an accident. Wisniewski seems to give a pretty hard jab with his stick, not just an accidental shot. I can't say I blame him too much after taking the check from Shaw, but it doesn't excuse a spear like that.
Whether or not there is any more punishment for Wisniewski, there was plenty of punishment for Shaw. But a game-winning goal will probably help take away some of the sting.