Hawks hope to continue success at home vs Ducks
Patrick Sharp has made some noise in different ways this early season.
The Blackhawks left wing is off to a hot start with assists, tallying nine already including three in the team’s 6-2 victory over Phoenix last week. As for goals, well, those have been tougher in coming. The chances have been there, but he hasn’t cashed in yet. He’s certainly been close, including hitting a few posts along the way.
But Sharp’s not hanging is head too low. He still has 11 points this season, still has that shot. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s lighting the lamp in elation instead of looking toward the heavens in frustration.
“Yeah, a couple posts and probably could’ve had a couple (recently). But I’m not going to get down on myself,” Sharp said. “We’re winning. I know I can score goals and it will happen. So I just have to keep shooting.”
Sharp has 32 shots through his first 12 games, and there’s no doubt he will keep at it. In the meantime, the assists are there. After the Phoenix game, Patrick Kane, the beneficiary of two of those assists (one primary), joked afterward that, “it kills me to say it, but (Sharp’s) gotten to be a better passer as time goes on.”
The goals will come for Sharp, who is coming off consecutive 30-plus goal seasons. Until then, he won’t mind piling up the assists. Points are points.
“As long as (Kane) keeps pumping my tires for making good passes, I don’t care,” he said.