The Chicago Blackhawks had points in all three games in Week 18, but only won one of those. The slump continues for the team into February, as they have now lost 6 of their last 9, although only 3 of their last 20 games ended in regulation losses. The ‘Hawks kicked off the week with a n overtime defeat in Calgary, then bounced back with a big win against rival Vancouver the next night. The week ended on Saturday night, when the Blackhawks fell 2-1 to the San Jose Sharks in a shootout.
Third Star: Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp has been one of the Blackhawks’ most consistent players thus far, and despite the team losing two out of three games, his productino didn’t drop off. Sharp had a goal and three shots in the team’s loss in Calgary, and doubled that output the next night, recording a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks got a crucial win to break their four-game slide, finishing the week with three points in three games. Sharp was flying around the on the teams’ top line, as his opposite winger lands in the Second Star position. Sharp played hard minutes against their opponent’s top lines, and was able to come out on top, winnning puck battles and playing with a physical edge. Sharp is now fifth in NHL goals with 28, and second in Shots On Goal with 224.