(CBS) Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended by the NHL for Game 5 of his team’s first-round series against the Blues for using a homophobic slur late in a 4-3 loss in Game 4 on Tuesday. The league also fined Shaw $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture toward the officials.

“While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement. “The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”

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As Shaw sat in the penalty box in the final minutes of Game 4 after being called for interference, the NBC Sports broadcast showed him shouting a homophobic slur. On his way to the penalty box, he’d also vented at the officials, appearing to flash both middle fingers, with his gloves on, toward them.

Initially after Tuesday’s game, Shaw wasn’t sure what he’d done, only saying, “Emotions ran high.” With more time to reflect, the 24-year-old Shaw was apologetic Wednesday.

“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box,” Shaw said in a statement. “When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances. I apologize to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake.”

Later, Shaw met with reporters and again expressed he was sorry.

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“I get it,” Shaw said. “It’s a hurtful word. It’s 2016 now. It’s time that everyone is treated equally. It’s a hurtful word, I know that. I’m sorry and I want to apologize.”

The Blackhawks released a statement saying they were “extremely disappointed” in Shaw’s actions.

“His comments do not reflect what we stand as an organization,” the team said.

Chicago Gay Hockey League Vice President Brian Hull said he believes that, but said the need for education is evident. And he said there’s no better place than the ice. He said that is where players can show their skills and get accepted.

The Hawks said they will use the opportunity to further educate players. But Hull said it could take years for players to be discussed in terms of ability and not sexual orientation. He compared it to the long road to acceptance for black pro quarterbacks.

Shaw had one goal and two assists in Tuesday’s loss. He had 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in the regular season.

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The Blackhawks trail the series 3-1. Game 5 is Thursday evening in St. Louis.