Shaw's status for Tuesday up in the air

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Shaw's status for Tuesday up in the air

GLENDALE, Ariz. Andrew Shaw stood in the Blackhawks locker room, fielding the obvious questions after his hit on Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith on Saturday night. Whether hell have to answer for it from the NHL remains to be seen.

Shaw was assessed a five-minute charging and a game misconduct for his hit on Smith, who was down for several moments and then popped up and finished the game in the Blackhawks 4-3 overtime victory over Phoenix. Smith was prone for a few moments, as Shaw was sent to the penalty box and, soon after, to the locker room.

Then Smith got up and told trainers that he could finish the game. Afterward, Smith, through the Coyotes media relations department, said, I feel fine. Im 100 percent.

And then, of course, there was the inevitable he saidhe said on what happened.

I went back to play the puck and I didnt see him coming, Smith said via Coyotes PR. I dont have eyes in the back of my head.

Coach Joel Quenneville said, I think (Shaw) was trying to avoid contact. Its a tough call. He was playing well again, too.

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said the league will look at that. Obviously thats contact at the head and it doesnt matter if its a goaltender or a player. Thats blind-side contact to the head.

Shaw said he didnt mean to do it.

He went to play the puck and his stick came up toward my face so I tried to get out of the way of it. Unfortunately I made contact. I didnt try to hit him but unfortunately I did, Shaw said. Im just glad hes OK and he could finish the game.

When Smith was down, it looked like he wouldnt be able to keep playing. Backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera came out onto the ice and stretched, seemingly in preparation to relieve Smith. Nevertheless, Shaws night was over.

I dont know if it came down to whether the officials thought Smith was going to stay in the game or not. Obviously they thought he was done and thats probably why he got the 5-minute penalty, Jonathan Toews said. From what I saw, Shaw wasnt going in there trying to take his head off. From what I saw, he was trying to avoid contact and that was unfortunate that it happened.

Whether or not Shaw hears from the league on the hit is unknown right now. The Blackhawks dont play again until Tuesday, so if there is anything it doesnt have to be decidedbe announced until Monday.

I dont know. Well see what happens, Shaw said. Its just unfortunate. Im just glad hes OK.

AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 8

AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 8

Here are the girls prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record, total points and previous rank.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Montini (12) 21-0 120 1
2. Rock Island 22-1 96 2
3. Edwardsville 20-0 94 4
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 13-2 82 3
5. Benet 18-2 67 5
6. Rockford Boylan 19-1 48 6
7. Springfield 17-2 41 7
8. Hersey 18-2 33 8
9. Geneva 14-3 22 9
10. Oswego East 19-3 21 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Bradley-Bourbonnais 12, Evanston Township 11

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chicago Marshall (7) 18-0 132 2
2. Morton (4) 19-2 123 1
3. Mattoon (1) 21-0 92 4
4. Highland (2) 16-3 87 3
5. Bethalto Civic Memorial 17-3 85 5
6. Richwoods 18-3 73 6
7. Rochester 14-3 56 8
8. Effingham 18-2 34 7
9. Normal University 16-3 32 NR
10. North Lawndale 14-3 13 10

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Litchfield 13, Peoria Central 8

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (11) 19-2 127 1
2. Eureka (1) 19-2 105 2
3. Teutopolis 20-2 96 3
4. Sherrard 20-2 92 4
5. Camp Point Central 19-2 72 5
6. Kewanee 21-3 50 9
7. Hall 18-5 47 6
8. Sesser-Valier (1) 19-1 41 8
9. Hillsboro 18-4 35 7
10. Gilman Iroquois West 18-2 11 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Auburn 11, Arthur-Lovington-Hammond-Atwood 9, St. Edward 8

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lebanon (12) 19-0 135 1
2. Winchester (2) 20-0 123 3
3. Ashton-Franklin Center 18-2 97 2
4. Colfax Ridgeview 19-2 87 5
5 Mount Olive 19-2 81 6
6. Okawville 16-4 58 7
7. Danville Schlarmann 13-5 40 8
8. Calhoun 13-4 34 4
9. Princeville 21-2 29 9
10. Heyworth 20-1 26 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Annawan 21, Galena 15

AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 8

AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 8

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Simeon (12) 16-0 120 1
2. Evanston Township 14-2 97 2
3. Edwardsville 13-1 90 3
4. Bolingbrook 15-0 75 5
5. Curie 16-2 71  6
6. Joliet West 16-1 47 7
7. Kenwood 11-3 30 4
8. Whitney Young 11-4 27 8
9. Fremd 16-0 23 9
10. East Moline United 18-3 20 10

Others receiving 7 or more votes: Geneva 13, Belleville West 10, Belleville (Althoff Catholic) 10, East St. Louis 9, Willowbrook 9

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morgan Park (9) 12-3 139 2
2. Springfield Lanphier (5) 13-1 130 1
3. Bloomington 15-3 108 3
4. North Lawndale 13-4 87 4
5. Fenwick 13-4 82 5
6. Benton (1) 15-1 78 6
7. Farragut 7-3 31 9
8. Centralia 9-4 25 10
9. Effingham 13-2 21 NR 
10. Breese 14-3 19 NR 

Others receiving 7 or more votes: Springfield Southeast 18, Burlington Central 13, Morton 11, Mahomet-Seymour 7

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Quincy Notre Dame (9) 14-1 142 1
2. Chicago Uplift (2) 14-4 127 2
3. Teutopolis (1) 16-1 115  5
4. Orr (2) 11-1 106 4
5. Tremont (1) 16-1 98 3
(tie) Eldorado (1) 19-1 98  6
7. Pinckneyville 16-1 53 10
8. Alton Marquette 15-2 47 9
9. Mt. Carmel 15-3 36 8
10. Hoopeston 14-1 17 NR

Others receiving 7 or more votes: Rockridge 14, St. Joseph-Ogden 9

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Quest Academy (7) 20-1 138 2
2. Okawville (6) 15-2 132 1
3. Effingham St. Anthony (1) 17-1 101  5
4. Colfax Ridgeview 17-1  98  4
5. East Dubuque (1) 19-1 97 3
6. DePue 19-0 84 6
7. Newark 14-3 64 7
8. Annawan 15-2 47 8
9. Hope Academy 17-3 30 10
10. Mendon Unity 13-4 10 NR 

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Nokomis 7, St. Anne 7