Patrick Sharp couldn’t have had a better off day.
Sharp’s wife, Abby, gave birth to their second child, a girl they named Sadie Ellen, around 6 p.m. on Sunday night, and the left wing was back at the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice today to prepare for the team’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. For Sharp, it was a special Sunday — although he did miss one thing.
“I missed that fourth-quarter drive by (New England Patriots quarterback) Tom Brady but I’ll sacrifice that,” Sharp said to laughs. “It was awesome timing. Both my daughters are ‘Hawks fans, I guess; (born) on an off day, both of them. I couldn’t be happier. Everybody’s healthy. It couldn’t have been a better day.”
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So with mother and daughter doing well, Sharp was back at practice today and will be in the lineup tomorrow night against the Hurricanes. Sharp played in his 600th game on Saturday night but is still looking for career goal No. 200 — or first goal of 2013-14, for that matter. Sharp has taken his share of shots, so there’s no doubt he’s due. And with his new daughter arriving, Sharp can now look to getting that first goal.
“I felt great today. It’s amazing how when you clear the mind, how good you can feel on the ice,” he said. “I had a smile on my face all day yesterday.”
The Blackhawks’ penalty kill is improving off its very rough start, having killed off the last five penalties. But Marcus Kruger said it’s still under construction.
“That was a bit frustrating, those first three games, giving up that many goals. We’ve done a better job this weekend and we’re finding our identity (on it), like we had last year,” he said. “But it’s still an ongoing process. We have to keep working on that because it’s still not where we want it to be.”
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Corey Crawford will start tomorrow night in Carolina.
Michal Handzus, who did not play against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, will play tomorrow against the Hurricanes.