CHICAGO -- The NHL suspended Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw for one game Wednesday for yelling an anti-gay slur from the penalty box and fined him $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture toward the officials during Chicago's Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.
Shaw will miss Game 5 in St. Louis on Thursday, and he will be required to undergo sensitivity training, according to the NHL announcement that came only hours after he quietly apologized for his outburst the previous night.
Speaking moments before the team left for St. Louis, Shaw said he couldn't sleep after the game and watching video of his behavior was difficult. It was video of the incident that went viral on social media, prompting sharp criticism and an NHL investigation.
"It was hard to see. Emotions got the best of me," Shaw said, adding that he understands why the slur is considered hurtful. "I'll never use that word again, that's for sure. ... That's not the type of guy I am."
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Shaw was sent off for interference at 17:56 of the third period, hurting Chicago's chance for a comeback in what ended up being a 4-3 loss that put the Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination from the playoffs. While sitting in the box, Shaw pounded on the glass with his stick and then yelled at someone on the ice. As video of the incident spread online, the You Can Play project swiftly tweeted that it was planning to contact the NHL (see full story).
Red Wings: Defenseman Ouellet called up from AHL
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids of the AHL.
The 22-year-old Ouellet played five games for the Red Wings during the regular season. He had four goals and 25 assists in 61 games for Grand Rapids.
Detroit is down 3-1 in its first-round playoff series against Tampa Bay. The Lightning host Game 5 on Thursday night.
Ouellet has appeared in one postseason game for the Red Wings, back in 2014.