Mar 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) controls the puck against the Dallas Stars during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Patrick Sharp has been in the Blackhawks headlines lately for some strange reasons recently by photo bombing wedding photo’s or surprising fans which is great during the middle of the season to break it up the 82 game marathon.
When you break down the Blackhawks season one thing that can be overlooked is the great career season that Sharp is having this year.
Last season was a different story during the shortened season. Patrick Sharp was snake bitten and then injured which made for a dreadful regular season. Sharp missed 20 games only scoring 6 goals and 14 assists and to be honest really wasn’t missed in the blazing regular season the Hawks had in 2013. Sharp of course had a fantastic playoff run with 10 goals and 6 assists to salvage his 2013.
When Sharp scored Friday night it gave him his 72 point on the season setting a career high which includes 31 goals and 41 assists. Sharp has always been a streaky scorer but it’s been his playmaking and passing that has improved this season. His next assist will be his 42 which to will set a career high. Sharp seemed to be pushing early this season to make the Olympic team which he was rewarded with a spot and in the end a Gold Medal.
Now after the Olympics he’s been one of the few players on the Blackhawks roster that has been noticeably skating hard game in a game out. The Hawks have been in full sleepwalking mode since the Stadium Series matchup, but Sharp has been one of the few Hawks skating hard and still picking up points as if he’s still on the Olympic mission.
The Hawks were fortunate to steal Sharp from the Flyers years ago and he’s been paying them back season after season, but this year he is quietly having a career year while we complain about the Hawks play night in and night out!
Hopefully Sharp will continue this great play right into the playoffs when the Hawks will need his scoring and playmaking more than ever!
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