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“I felt like it was a hockey play. I was just trying to finish my hit out there,” he said.

The series has been rugged. Chicago forward Andrew Shaw was suspended for three games Tuesday after he ran into Phoenix goalie Mike Smith in Game 2.

Smith was playing the puck behind the net when Shaw skated in and caught the goalie in the head with his shoulder, knocking him to the ice. Shaw was ejected, but Smith got up after about five minutes and stayed in the game. He was in net for Tuesday night’s overtime win.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said Shaw’s contact with Smith wasn’t incidental and that the rookie didn’t make a reasonable effort to avoid Smith.

“It is a forceful blow delivered by Shaw’s shoulder to Smith’s chin,” Shanahan said. “This is not a case of a skater and goaltender colliding while pursuing a loose puck. Shaw skated a considerable distance and hits the head of the stationary goaltender who has possession of the puck.”

Shaw would be eligible to return for a Game 6 if the series goes that far.