Mar 23, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forwardPatrick Sharp
(10) celebrates his 1st period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
2. Patrick Sharp
Sharp looks to be back to playing good hockey, but that’s just not good enough down the stretch for the Chicago Blackhawks this season and that’s of course due to the Patrick Kane injury.
The Blackhawks need Sharp to find his shooter’s eye once again like he did last year when he lead the Chicago Blackhawks in goals scored. Sharp is still a key player for the Blackhawks because he can do so much but you can almost feel his frustration this season everytime he was about to score and yet somehow the goalie makes an incredible save.
Every Hawks fan when they see Sharp score feels like he’s ready to breakout, take the Winnipeg game when he scores on a breakaway to tie the game in the third period. You would think that would change the momentum of the rest of the season for him, but in the LA game he hit posts and had mini-breakaways and again he was shutdown from scoring goals.
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One good thing to look back on for Sharp is 2013. Â He struggled through injury and some scoring slumps in the shortened season, but he came out on fire in the opening round of the playoffs against the Minnesota Wild and never looked back and led the Blackhawks in goals scored during their run to the 2013 Stanley Cup. Â repeat of this effort would be great, but starting the momentum in the final 6 games could be a great sign for Patrick Sharp!
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