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The circumstance gives Mason Shaw a bigger opportunity with the Wild, and he’s making the most of it

The circumstance gives Mason Shaw a bigger opportunity with the Wild, and he’s making the most of it

CHICAGO — Aaron and Lindsay Shaw have seen their 23-year-old son, Mason, play just one game for the Wild in person, and that was his second. NHL game last season in Los Angeles because there was no way he could get to his NHL debut in San Jose in time from Wainwright, Alberta.

Shaw’s hope is that someday soon his parents will see him play at St. Paul.

Just one of Shaw’s seven career games has come at home, and Shaw says the atmosphere at Xcel Energy Center earlier this month was unlike anything he’s ever experienced. But when you’re an up-and-down depth player, it’s hard to plan to play and tell your parents, “Book a flight.”

“Of course, I never know what tomorrow will bring,” said Shaw, who likes the northbound drives on I-35 much better than the southbound drives.

Well, Shaw is destined to get a lot of home games now for two reasons: First, the wild they have no choice because Jordan Greenway has only played one game this season, Marcus Foligno is suddenly left with an upper body injury, and Ryan Hartman was injured on Sunday night. Second, and most importantly, Shaw is playing too well to return to Iowa any time soon.

The Tasmanian Devil of a forward not only brings speed, grit and energy to the Wild’s lineup, but his incredible journey to the big leagues also reached new heights on Sunday night when he scored his first goal of the NHL and attended Matt BoldyThe overtime tying goal for his first career two-point game in a 4-3 win for Blackhawks in the United Center.

“I think I’ll put it up here as the most satisfying (game) of my career so far,” Shaw said moments after general manager Bill Guerin came over with a big smile to extend a congratulatory hand. “This is a cliché, but the most important thing is to enjoy it with a victory. This is an extremely special group here and to cap off a great road trip, I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.”

The Wild finished their five-game, 10-day road trip with a 3-1-1 record, and as Shaw spoke after the game, he had an audience of not only reporters but the Wild captain as well. Jared Spurgeonwho sipped on a protein shake while proudly watching his fellow Iowa Wild hold the court.

It was Spurgeon who skated on the former teammate Alex Stalock‘s to fish out the souvenir disc for Shaw, who plans to send it home for his parents to keep as a keepsake. But if Shaw continues like this, Iowa may need a new captain soon.

Spurgeon, unsigned by the Islanders after being drafted in 2008, undrafted in the second round by 30 NHL teams and finally signed as a free agent by the Wild in 2010, is one of the biggest success stories in the team history He came very close to signing in Europe, but today he is the team captain and the Wild’s all-time leader in games played for defensemen.

As well as Detroit Red Wings Former Iowa assistant coach Alex Tanguay said Saturday morning in Detroit that Shaw is poised to follow suit.

The 2017 fourth-round pick had not one, not two, but three torn ACLs that required reconstructive surgery.

“At Iowa, we always knew he had great character, that he was going to be a guy, that he would do anything to help his team win,” Tanguay said. The Athletic. “He’s always the first team. He put in the work, and now he’s earning every bit of it. Those are the real success stories.”

Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde coached Shaw for one game at Iowa after he went down with his second knee injury earlier that season at the prospect tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

“An incredible human being,” Lalonde said of Shaw. “A guy you root for. He’s a throwback. He plays the one game, probably shouldn’t have played him. He came off an ACL too early. He goes out there and just hits everything in sight (and the knee just swelled up).

“But the times I remember most about Mase is him around the room when he wasn’t playing. He cares about boys. His arm is around someone all the time: on the bus, in the locker room. He’s just one of those guys that you just gravitate towards.”

It’s obvious how much Shaw’s teammates love him just for his linemate Connor DewarThe exuberant reaction to his goal, which came out of the goalmouth Sam SteeleIt goes from behind the net after a great play by Dewar himself in the middle of the wall.

Dewar said he was “very happy” for his friend.

“He’s worked really hard,” Dewar said. “He’s been through a lot with his surgeries and his rehabs. He’s a very strong person mentally, and he definitely earned it. They didn’t give it to him.”

Shaw said he couldn’t have been prouder to celebrate that moment with Dewar.

“I mean, it’s years in the making,” Shaw said. “He’s one of my best friends now. You go through a lot with a guy like that to get to this point. It’s something you talk about, and for him to be a part of that goal, to be the first one there and the hugs afterward, it was a special moment for me, that’s for sure.”

The Wild bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 loss the previous night in Detroit. They weren’t perfect, and Stalock made life difficult during a solid performance, but they worked hard against the Blackhawks, who have surprised many opponents early on.

The Wild showed impressive resilience by getting goals from Boldy 22 seconds and 17 seconds after the Blackhawks took leads of 1-0 and 3-2. first, Jonas Brodinwho played a superb game, outmuscled a Blackhawks player at the blue line to keep a puck in the game before Hartman sent Boldy on a short breakaway.

Shaw, Joel Eriksson Ek and Boldy then executed a magnificent tic-tac-toe for Boldy’s fifth goal of the season midway through the third period.

“You look at the plays they gave me, the first one was a big play by Hartzy, the other one was an empty-netter,” Boldy said. “You look at those plays and they make it look easy.”

After a back-and-forth overtime, Kirill Kaprizov gave the Wild a lead in the second round and Freddy Gaudreau ended it with a nice play later Marc-Andre Fleury old pals and future Hall of Famers Jonathan Toews i Patrick Kane.

The shootout win was Fleury’s 62nd career to move past Henrik Lundqvist for the first time.

“I’ve seen those guys so much in practice, we’ve had so many breakouts in practice,” Fleury said of Toews and Kane. “They’re both very, very good and deceptive. I got lucky with Toews. I knew he loved the five hole. I knew he was going again, but he sells it really well. I just got a piece with the pad. And Kane, I just tried to be patient because it’s very smooth. You don’t know which way it’s going to shoot.”

Tyson Jost, scratched the previous two games, was back in the lineup for Foligno, who suffered an injury in Detroit or aggravated one he had been playing through, a possibility coach Dean Evason alluded to . Evason offered no details other than to say Foligno would be evaluated Monday in Minnesota. Then in the second period, the 6-foot-6 Hartman suffered an upper-body injury when he was brought to the ice after a quick scramble. Jarred Tinordi. Evason didn’t offer any updates on him either. Team sources said Greenway, who has played one game this season, is a “possible” to participate in the upcoming West Coast swing beginning Nov. 8 in Los Angeles.

Evason, who won his 100th career game in the fifth fewest games (159) in NHL history, said the Wild plan to call up a forward for Tuesday’s game against Montreal.

The Wild’s depth will be tested and the Wild’s forwards know they will have to step up.

“That’s the culture here: It’s next man up,” Dewar said. “It’s kind of a mindset that creeps in.”

At least on Sunday night, several players stepped up, highlighted by Boldy’s rushing attacks and the game of Shaw’s life, one that included 15 minutes of ice time, including replacing Hartman on the power play and a change in overtime that opened his eyes.

“He just competes his ass off every night,” Evason said of Shaw. “He’s not the biggest man in the world, but he fights and fights.”

So will Aaron and Lindsay Shaw make their Wild home debut on Tuesday night?

“We’ll have to see what happens,” Shaw said. “I mean, it’s day-to-day for me right now. But I would really like my parents to go to a game in Minnesota. The atmosphere is pretty crazy.”

(Photo by Mason Shaw(right, celebrating his goal with teammates Jacob Middleton and Connor Dewar: Jamie Sabau/USA Today)





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