Jonathan Toews wasn’t the only player who turned his fortunes around in Game 5 on Saturday.
Andrew Shaw had a great night of his own, scoring two goals and drawing a penalty to boot. That’s a big turnaround for the 21-year-old forward who failed to record a point in the first four games of this second-round series against the Detroit Red Wings and was handed a game misconduct in Game 3.
Shaw told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus that some only-in-hockey* advice from Michal Handzus helped him turn things around. Handzus’ advice was simple: eat the punch, don’t give it.
Shaw said Handzus sat down with him and talked to him about controlling his emotions and “eating a punch instead of giving one.” #Blackhawks
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 26, 2013
Again, PHT does not endorse this strategy in your day-to-day life (unless you’re a professional hockey player … maybe).
* – OK, Reggie Miller drew the occasional John Starks headbutt in the NBA …