UPDATED: 6/24/2013 8:20
CHICAGO (CBS) — The Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw was briefly knocked out of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final by a wicked slap shot to the face late in the first period.
Shaw, who does not wear a visor, got in front of a blast just inside the right point from the Bruins’ Shawn Thornton.
Shaw appeared to be knocked out briefly after the puck slammed into his cheek.
At the start of the second period,he was back on the bench with several stitches on the side of his face.
After a stoppage of play, Shaw was able to gingerly skate off with a towel to his face and headed right into the locker room.
Shaw’s injury came as Boston totally dominated the first period, relentlessly attacking goalie Corey Crawford.
Boston out-shot the Blackhawks 12-6, and that total could have been even more lopsided as Chicago blocked 13 shots.
Indeed, the fact that Boston only led 1-0 was a minor miracle.
Boston also had 16 hits compared with 13 for Chicago. Boston also dominated on face-offs, winning 17 to Chicago’s 7.
In fact one of those face off wins eventually led to the only goal by Chris Kelly.