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The Blackhawks are in the midst of a playoff series against the Minnesota Wild. Winger Andrew Shaw is out with an injury, and it seems as if the Blackhawks are playing without another big star. Patrick Sharp has not played up to his potential at all in these playoffs. At times, he has even cost the team with his sloppy play. I think the big question for all Hawks fans is when, or even if, Patrick Sharp will “show up”.
Patrick Sharp led the Blackhawks in scoring in the regular season with 78 points. In the playoffs, he only has 3 through 9 games. I think that the main reason that Sharp is struggling, is that he has had a long season. Sharp has played all 82 games for the Blackhawks and even went over to Sochi with Team Canada for the Olympics. The other Blackhawks that went to Sochi have had breaks. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews ended the year out of the lineup with injuries, so they were well rested, and other players missed at least some time during the regular year. Sharp has taken on the load for the Blackhawks so many times. I think it is finally wearing on him. His struggling, although upsetting, is almost understandable.
I do believe that Sharp will come alive at some point during this postseason, and I believe that it will come when the Hawks most need it. When the Blackhawks reach a point that they seem to have their backs against the wall, Sharp will shine. I have total respect for Patrick Sharp. He has been with the Blackhawks through the entire process, coming from the bottom of the league to the top. Before Jonathan Toews, before Patrick Kane, Sharp was there. He has true Hawks pride, and will show up when truly needed.