Shaw on whether he directed homophobic slur at ref: ‘I don’t know what I said’

Overshadowing the Blues' big win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night, which gives St. Louis a 3-1 first-round series lead, was a late third-period incident involving Chicago forward Andrew Shaw.

Shaw, after taking an interference penalty that he wasn't happy about, flipped a double-bird salute at the official on his way to the penalty box. Once inside the penalty box, he appeared to direct a homophobic slur towards the referee who made the call.

There's video of Shaw in the penalty box, and if you read his lips, you can tell that he's using very explicit language:

Shaw was asked about what he said after the game.

"Emotions were high," he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus. "I don't know what I said. I wasn't happy with the call."

According to USA Today Sports' Krisen Shilton, Shaw said "he doesn't remember what was said" when he was in the box.

The unfortunate events were the talk of the online hockey world after what was another hard-fought, one-goal game between two teams that do not like each other.

Shaw actually played an impressive hockey game, scoring once and adding two assists, but no one was talking about what he did on the ice after his team lost. It's highly possible the NHL looks into Shaw's actions, and disciplines the 24-year-old.

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Tarasenko, Blues move within 1 win of eliminating Blackhawks

CHICAGO - Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a pair of impressive wrist shots, Brian Elliott made 39 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Jaden Schwartz scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in the third period for the second straight game as St. Louis moved to the brink of its first appearance in the Western Conference semifinals since 2012. The Blues were eliminated in the opening round in each of the past three years.

Game 5 is Thursday night in St. Louis.

Duncan Keith had two goals for Chicago, which dropped consecutive home playoff games for the first time since 2012.

Andrew Shaw had a goal and two assists, and Corey Crawford finished with 16 saves after getting into a fight with Blues rookie Robby Fabbri during a wild second period.

With Keith in the box for holding Alexander Steen, Schwartz intercepted a clearing attempt by Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and beat Crawford low on his stick side at 1:36. Schwartz also had the game-winning goal in St. Louis' 3-2 victory in Game 3 on Sunday.

Steen then picked off a passing attempt by van Riemsdyk and went in all alone on Crawford for his first goal of the series at 4:46, stunning the sellout crowd of 22,212.

A fortunate bounce for Keith off Tarasenko's stick and over Elliott gave the Blackhawks some hope, but Elliott shut the door from there. He jumped on a loose puck during a Chicago rush with 4:10 remaining, and Shaw was penalized for interference with 2:04 left.

Before Schwartz and Steen broke through, it was the Tarasenko show once again for St. Louis. The dynamic winger has three goals and two assists in the series and 13 goals in 17 career playoff games.

The Blackhawks had a 2-1 lead and momentum before Andrew Ladd was whistled for interference at 17:09 of the second. Just 22 seconds later, Tarasenko whistled a shot under Crawford's glove for the tying score.

Tarasenko's goal capped a frenetic second period that included a fight between Crawford and Fabbri after the forward was pushed into the goaltender on a rush to the net. Crawford skated into the corner and shoved Fabbri before the two wrestled on the ice.

The crowd responded with chants of ''Co-rey! Co-rey!'' and the resulting fracas between the teams somehow generated a power play for the Blackhawks. Fabbri (interference), Alex Pietrangelo (roughing) and Kevin Shattenkirk (roughing) were sent off for St. Louis, and Crawford (roughing) and Ladd (roughing) were penalized for Chicago.

There was another big fight between the teams right after the final horn.

During the power play after the Crawford-Fabbri dispute, Keith scored on a rebound to give the defending Stanley Cup champions a 2-1 lead at 13:09. The defenseman has three goals in the series after winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP a year ago.

Chicago got off to a fast start, but St. Louis kept most of the action away from Elliott in the first period. The Blues also caught a break when Artem Anisimov's shot stopped right on the goal line and Elliott knocked it out of the way before the Blackhawks could get to it.

St. Louis managed just five shots on goal in the first, but one of them was a laser from Tarasenko that made it 1-0 at 14:02. Jori Lehtera made a nice pass from behind the net to set up the play.

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Watch: Andersen takes Weber slapper right off the mask

This one should count as three saves.

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen posted a 27-save shutout Tuesday against the Nashville Predators, helping his team win Game 3. And he earned it. Andersen took a Shea Weber slap shot off his mask in the second period, somehow staying in the game.

"Ouch," said head coach Bruce Boudreau after the game, when asked about the scary moment.

The Ducks trail the series 2-1.

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Crawford went after Fabbri because he was ‘pissed’ about getting hit in head

Corey Crawford offered a straightforward response when asked to explain his actions in Game 4.

Related: Blackhawks' Crawford jumps Blues' Fabbri after contact in crease

The Chicago Blackhawks goaltender went after St. Louis Blues rookie forward Robby Fabbri after getting bumped in his crease, and quite simply wasn't too happy about it after recently returning to the lineup from a concussion.

Crawford was assessed two minutes for roughing, while Fabbri was also penalized for goaltender interference. Penalties called in the ensuing scuffle refuted in Chicago going on the power play.

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Watch: Blackhawks’ Shaw drops double-bird salute on ref after late penalty

Andrew Shaw would not go quietly into the night.

The Chicago Blackhawks' agitator took a late penalty in his team's 4-3 loss that put them down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, and he let the officials have it on his way to the penalty box.

He had a few choice words to say from the penalty box, as well:

Shaw had a goal and assist in the game, and was in front of Brian Elliott all night, but it wasn't enough. Shaw was also the focal point of a fracas at the end of the game, as he was trying to get at Alex Pietrangelo.

The 24-year-old may be hearing from the league after his display.

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Andersen’s shutout of Predators puts Ducks back into series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks shut out the Nashville Predators 3-0 Tuesday night to pull within 2-1 in their first-round playoff series.

The Ducks have not lost three straight to open a postseason series since the 2006 Western Conference finals, and they didn't come close to dropping a third straight this year.

Andersen, who started in net after John Gibson took the first two losses in Anaheim, posted his second postseason shutout despite taking Shea Weber's slap shot off his head. He has 15 postseason wins since 2014.

Chris Stewart had a goal and an assist, and Jamie McGinn and Rickard Rakell each scored their first goals of the series.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville.

The Predators returned home with their first 2-0 lead in the postseason. The Predators lost center Craig Smith to a lower-body injury after he played only 65 seconds over two shifts, leaving coach Peter Laviolette mixing up his lines.

Coach Bruce Boudreau called out his Ducks after a 3-2 loss in Game 2 for taking too many penalties and talking too much to the officials. Boudreau also switched back to Andersen and played Shawn Horcoff for the first time in this series looking for a spark.

Even though the Ducks took five penalties, they still showed much more discipline once the whistle blew.

They also took very good care of the puck with no turnovers in the first 20 minutes, and the combination helped them lead at the end of a period for the first time in this series.

McGinn scored on a wrister from the right circle off a pass from Horcoff after he skated up the slot midway through the first.

A sold-out crowd tried to give the Predators a boost, but some sloppy play with too many turnovers and missed opportunities on the man advantage led to a smattering of boos late in the second.

When Filip Forsberg helped kill off a big chunk of an Anaheim power play, fans gave him a standing ovation. Nashville took the first few shots of the second period and even got its second man advantage when McGinn tripped Forsberg after the Predators forward beat two Ducks for the puck.

Weber, who won the hardest shot competition at the All-Star Game in January, had a slap shot in the opening seconds of the power play that hit Andersen in the mask. A trainer came out to check on Andersen, who missed seven games because of a concussion in March. The goalie stayed in the game.

Rakell, who returned for this series after a ruptured appendix, finally got his first goal of the series at 11:33 of the second. He redirected a shot from Sami Vatanen to give Anaheim its biggest lead in this series. Then Stewart padded the lead, putting a backhand top shelf off his own miss at 17:06 of the second.

NOTES: Captain Ryan Getzlaf became the first Anaheim player in franchise history to play in 100 playoff games. ... Weber set a franchise record by playing in his 48th postseason game, breaking a tie with David Legwand (47).

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Predators’ Craig Smith leaves Game 3 with lower-body injury

Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith will not return for the third period of Game 3 versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Smith suffered a lower-body injury in the first period, and will sit out the remainder of the game, the team announced.

Trailing 3-0, sitting Smith might be for preservation purposes, as the specifics of the injury haven't been released.

Smith played in all 82 games for the Predators this season, and recorded two points in the first two games of the series.

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