Chicago Blackhawks: Needed.. One Patrick To Step Up For The Other Patrick

By Keith Schultz

January 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates with left wing Patrick Sharp (10) his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

There was a sigh of relief on Saturday afternoon when Patrick Sharp was in all alone and got stuffed by Antti Niemi in the first period, but the puck found it back to Sharp’s stick and it found the back of the net.  Finally after 19 games Patrick Sharp had a goal and the player who fires off the most shots on the team got one behind the goalie.

Today, as we all know is St. Patrick’s Day and the team has two Patrick stars that have been on the team for quite some time now. Now on the morning that the Chicago River is green and almost everyone is looking forward to drinking green beers while wearing green all day it’s time for one of those Patrick’s to step up for the other Patrick.

One of them is Patrick Kane who we all know will not be on the ice for a couple more months and is one of the most creative players in the NHL. Do the Blackhawks have enough Hall of Fame talent on the roster to carry them far enough in the playoffs to reunite with Patrick Kane?? Yes they do, but one of those players not heading to the Hall of Fame but needs to help carry that load is Patrick Sharp.

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Patrick Sharp was the Blackhawks leading goal scorer last season but this year has been a struggle for #10 from the ridiculous rumors to just having bad puck luck to not playing with same passion that he played with at the beginning of last season to try to make the Canadian Olympic team.

Last month after a long dry goal run, Marian Hossa scored 7 goals in 4 games and the hope after Patrick Sharp’s 2 goal game Saturday is that he’s about to go on the same type of run that Hossa went on last month.

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To be honest though, the Chicago Blackhawks need more than a 4 game run by Sharp now, they need a prolonged stretch of great play from #10 to end the season and kick off the playoffs.  Sharp is a proven goal scorer and even bigger hot streak player but the Hawks dearly need an extended hot streak from Sharp more than ever.

On this day of Patrick’s it’s time for the one healthy Patrick on the roster to help carry the team and especially the scoring while the Hawks march on towards the playoffs.

What do you think? Can Sharp carry the team offensively during this season of conflict?

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