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REWIND: Shaw Plays Late Hero as Blackhawks Stave Off Elimination

With backs against the rope in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference Final, the pressure was on in Chicago

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

Tune in at 7 p.m. and catch Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference Final on NBC Sports Chicago

The back-and-forth 2015 Western Conference Final series against the Anaheim Ducks could go back-and-forth no more. Chicago was on the ropes heading into Game 6 at home, trailing 3-2 in the matchup and one defeat away from it all being over.

Nearly every game in the series had exchanged leads on multiple occasions and as the Blackhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period courtesy of Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, they knew the game was far from over. 

Video: 2015 Rewind: Andrew Shaw

Anaheim would get one back on the power play before the second intermission from Pat Maroon, then an early tally in the third from Clayton Stoner to pull the visitors within one. The Ducks were all-out in trying to equalize -- outshooting the Blackhawks 13-4 in the third as a whole -- until Andrew Shaw re-gained the two-goal cushion with 3:32 left to play. 

"It was huge just to take the weight off our shoulders," he said this week looking back. "The pressure was on us, they were trying to close us out. They're a great team, one of the hardest teams we had to play in the playoffs, and to get that goal to boost us a little bit, I think that was pretty key at a time like that in the third period."

Shaw would add an empty-netter in the game's final minute to seal the victory and send the series back to California for a winner-takes-all Game 7. 

"We ended up getting an empty-netter as well and ended up rolling into Game 7 and kind of dominating that as well."

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