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Winning goal will stick with Shaw for long time

Ex-Oiler Klima can attest: Triple-OT winners in Stanley Cup Finals not easily forgotten

David Haugh

In the Wake of the News

11:02 PM CDT, June 13, 2013

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Name the most popular Blackhawks player from Belleville, Ontario.

"That's a tough one," longtime Belleville restaurateur Ken Pappas said with a chuckle Thursday night. "Especially today."

Bobby Hull hails from Belleville. But so does Andrew Shaw.

Pappas hesitated to answer, for effect, to illustrate the impact on both sides of the border of Shaw's game-winning goal at the 12:08 mark of the third overtime Wednesday night to beat the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. A die-hard Hawks fan, Pappas' eyes welled with emotion Wednesday watching Jim Cornelison's national anthem. Nearly five hours later, he hardly could contain his pride after the Hawks' unlikely hero made Belleville's dot on the map a little bigger.

"I'm a bit psycho about the Hawks, so you can imagine my reaction," Pappas said.

"But I wasn't the only one. People are so proud of Andrew. They were talking about him everywhere."

They could relate in Chicago, where Thursday's fun debate surrounded which of Shaw's comments caught on a live microphone celebrating his historic goal made us laugh more: Saying "I love shin pads" or swearing on national TV.

Has anybody started printing "Shaw Shin Deflection" T-shirts yet?

"(Michal) Rozsival gets a nice shot through, (Dave) Bolland got his stick on it and I just happened to be going to the net wide," Shaw explained. "Kind of went off my leg into the net."

Shaw only figures to describe that goal for at least the next quarter-century. Just ask Petr Klima.

"It's good for Shaw, his career, and, believe me, this will always be with him," Klima said Thursday from his home outside Detroit.

Somewhere in Boston, a Bruins fan heard Klima's name Thursday and instinctively reached for a Samuel Adams to dull the pain. Long before Shaw ruined a hockey city's night in triple overtime of a Cup Final Game 1, Klima did the same.

On May 15, 1990, Klima scored the winning goal for the Oilers in the longest Cup finals game ever, a 3-2 victory over the Bruins, 15 minutes, 13 seconds into the third extra session — 3:05 later than Shaw's. In a tortured memory for Bruins fans, Klima slapped a wrist shot between the legs of goalie Andy Moog to end Boston's hockey marathon.

The Bruins never recovered, losing the series in five games. It would not surprise Klima if the Hawks get a similar payoff from working overtime.

"Obviously everyone will say every game's different, but a goal like that after three overtimes can turn the series," said Klima, a close friend of Marian Hossa's who is pulling for the Hawks.

As Klima watched the Hawks and Bruins skate into the 100th minute, he told his twin teenage sons that "records have to be broken."

"It's going to happen," Klima said.

Even 23 years later, Klima remembers everything that happened during his claim to fame.

A natural goal scorer allergic to defense, Klima had alienated Oilers coach John Muckler, who stuck him on the fourth line but planned to roll three lines against the Bruins. The forward known for defecting from the former Czechoslovakia in 1985 hadn't played since the second period when Muckler approached him on the bench — nearly three hours after his last shift.

"He didn't trust me defensively, but when he needed a goal at 1:30 in the morning, he touched my shoulder, I went on the ice and scored," Klima said. "I scored a big goal, but I don't look at it as my goal. I look at it as our goal. I was a small part."

Similarly, decades from now nobody will confuse the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Shaw as a core member of the 2013 Blackhawks. But every championship-caliber team needs guys who fill their roles with gusto.

The sting of being overlooked for two NHL drafts contributes to Shaw playing like an overachiever. Hours before the Hawks selected Shaw in the fifth round in 2011, director of scouting Mark Kelley mentioned his name to coach Joel Quenneville as a sleeper to watch.

That would be the last time Shaw sneaked up on anybody, including teammates who endorse the nickname "Pocket Pest."

"He's a handful," Brent Seabrook said. "A high-energy guy. He likes to have fun, get guys going, jumping around the room."

Then there are moments teammates wish Shaw was locked in a soundproof room.

"I sit next to him (and) there's times where I almost have to tell him to shut up because he just asks questions and doesn't stop talking," Patrick Kane kidded. "(But) he does a lot of good things. He probably scores more goals off his shin pads than he does his sticks … I'm sure he'll take them."

Indeed, Shaw happily will take the goal he scored in Game 1 all the way into Stanley Cup history.

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