Sharp calls Kane 'a world-class talent', defends his actions

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Sharp calls Kane 'a world-class talent', defends his actions

Patrick Sharp has faced plenty of cameras in his career. Its part of the job, part of being a celebrity athlete.

I enjoy it. A lot do as well, told the media during his visit to St. Louise de Marillac School in LaGrange Park on Thursday. But its important to do the right things.

Its been nearly a month since Sharps teammate and close friend Patrick Kane was photographed at a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Madison, Wis. The Blackhawks have talked to Kane about it, and have sparingly talked to anyone else about it. For Sharp, it is about doing the right things And its also about being there and backing his good friend.

Hes my friend, hes my teammate. I love the guy and Im going to be behind him no matter what happens, Sharp said You watch him play, a world-class talent, does all kinds of things on the ice. Hes the same great kid that hes always been.

He lives a pretty famous lifestyle when everyone can recognize him wherever he goes, Sharp continued. Its more of a personal matter, as far as everything he deals with. Its better he answers those questions.
Coaching changes...
Sharp was over in Finland, playing in the World Championships, when assistant coach Mike Haviland was fired. Coach Joel Quenneville said there was a dysfunction that needed to be addressed at the time. If it existed, Sharp said he was unaware of it.

If there was, players didnt sense it. Theyre all professional coaches in that room that do a good job of relaying messages. I didnt know any of that, Sharp said. Its a credit to Joel and his staff for doing a good job the last couple of years.

Sharp said he has a lot of respect for Haviland, who was well liked in the room.

Mike was a great coach to me, a great friend and I enjoyed playing for him, he said. Hes well respected across the league, and its just a matter of time before he lands another job.

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Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Stars: Another slow start but better finish

Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Stars: Another slow start but better finish

It wasn't pretty, but the Blackhawks found a way to pick up another two points and improved to 6-0-1 over their last seven games, and 18-3-1 over their last 22.

With Minnesota's loss to Philadelphia, the Blackhawks have taken an eight-point lead for first in the Central Division and are only two points away from the Washington Capitals for home-ice advantage throughout the entire Stanley Cup playoffs.

Let's take a look at Quick Hits from the 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night:

What Worked: The finish and shootout. While the Blackhawks scored the game's first goal, it was another slow start by a team that has had a few of those over the last several outings and has preached working on turning in more of a complete effort. They recorded only 14 shots on goal in the first two periods, and it took more than six minutes after Patrick Kane's goal to record their next one.

But they finished on a positive note yet again, and went 2-for-3 in the shootout thanks to Kane and Artemi Panarin, who potted the game winner. Kane said after the game that he tried his move on Scott Darling during morning skate and it worked. So he went with it tonight in an effort to snap a mini shootout drought and he did.

What Didn't Work: Controlling the puck. The Blackhawks seemingly have the puck more than their opponent does almost every game, but it doesn't reflect in the shot department because they often look for the perfect pass or shot and fail to record one at all. They had 50 shot attempts with 26 of them on goal compared to the Stars' 64 attempts with 44 on goal. They know they must get better at that.

Star of the game: Corey Crawford. After allowing four goals on only 10 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to Vancouver, the Blackhawks netminder bounced back in a huge way. He matched a season-high with 42 saves, and recorded his 30th win of the season.

He Said It: "He played amazing tonight. Reason we won the game. Hats off to him, he's done that a lot this year. For a goalie it's probably tough to show up every night, even the goals he let in last game you can't put all the blame on him, but he was outstanding tonight." — Kane on Crawford's performance

By the Numbers:

167 — Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked one shot in the win, and it was enough to set a new career high in that department, previously established during the 2010-11 campaign (166).

15 — Trevor van Riemsyk assisted on Marian Hossa's goal in the third period, giving him a career-high 15 points on the season in 50 games. He had 14 points in 82 games last year. He also extended his point streak to three games.

6 — With the victory, Crawford has earned at least 30 wins in six of his seven NHL seasons as a full-time starter. The only time he didn't reach that mark was during the lockout-shortened year in 2012-13 when he went 19-5-5.