It was back to business for Andrew Shaw on Saturday night.
The Blackhawks forward played in his first preseason matchup of the year after sustaining a lower-body injury earlier in training camp, but the recent lack of ice time didn't keep him from making his mark as he scored his team's game-winning goal in overtime.
"It feels good," Shaw said about his return. "Took me a bit to get going, I played with some skilled guys on my line so we used our speed and our quickness to our advantage."
Shaw played with his usual aggression against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. His injury and the short offseason have left him with only a small amount of time to fully prepare for the upcoming campaign, but it didn't take him long to get back into the swing of things as he returned to the lineup.
The Blackhawks are only three days away from lacing up for their home-opener on Tuesday, and as he gears up for the regular season, Shaw says he's focusing mainly on mental preparations.
"Physically I feel I'm there," he said following his team's 4-3 victory. "It's more getting back in the swing of things — being positionally perfect and supporting the puck all over the ice."
Shaw was happy to be back on the ice and felt good about the overall progression he made throughout Saturday's game.
Coach Joel Quenneville was also happy with what he saw, complimenting Shaw and the overall product he displayed throughout the evening.
"I thought Shaw had a good game," Quenneville said. "I thought he had a good camp prior to being out for a while. You love what he brings to your team."
With the preseason at a close, the Blackhawks will gear up for the start of their 82-game regular season. Though they'll be facing the Capitals again in just a couple of days, Shaw is preparing for a whole new challenge ahead next week.
"(The Capitals) had some guys in their lineup and so did we," he said. "So I think it's gonna be a different game come Tuesday."