When it seemed that a decisive goal might never come, Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw came through. Then he made the NBC censors wish that Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final had gone to a fourth overtime.
With 7:52 remaining in the third overtime of the opening game between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, Shaw deflected the winning goal past Tuuka Rask. The puck began its journey to the net on the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Michael Rozsival. His shot from the point was tipped by Dave Bolland, who had station himself in front of Boston's net. That tip then deflected off the knee of Shaw past Rask and into the NHL history books.
Cue the fist pumping ... and the profanity.
In his exuberance and exhaustion, the 21-year-old winger dropped an f-bomb on NBC's Pierre McGuire during the post-goal interview on the ice.
"It's what we needed to do: Get guys going to the net. We knew it wasn't going to be pretty at this point. It was a great shot, great set up. Fucking, it was unbelievable," Shaw told McGuire. "All of the guys, we deserved this. It was a great battle for us."
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Given a bit more time to collect his thoughts and his breath after the fifth-longest Stanley Cup Final game ever, Shaw explained his word choice.
"Slip of the tongue," Shaw said of his profane postgame comments, via ESPN Chicago. "I think I made up a word in there too. I was never good at English."
Shaw's goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.