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Sharp originally was scheduled to be the player involved in the event at the Hawks official team store on Michigan Avenue but was replaced by teammate Brandon Saad. Sharp was injured when he was hit along the boards by the Canadiens Alexei Emelin and after the game Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said the veteran would be sidelined for a bit. While that description was vague, the feeling is that Sharps absence likely will be for weeks rather than days. Quenneville said Tuesday the team would, know more in the next day or so, so well see. Losing Sharp for an extended period would make the Hawks adjust to being without a core member of their team. Perhaps the biggest loss would be on the power play as Sharp leads the team with 4 minutes, 15 seconds of ice time per game with the man advantage. He activates the Hawks power play by blasting shots from the point and ranks second in the NHL with 56 shots this season. Hopefully, hes all right, teammate Patrick Kane said. Hes a big part of our lineup and a big part of our team. Hopefully, its not too bad. With 13 forwards on the active roster, including Daniel Carcillo who is sidelined with a right knee injury, the Hawks likely will have to recall a player from Rockford of the AHL to replace Sharp. Top candidates include veteran Peter Regin and the Hawks No. 1 prospect, Teuvo Teravainen. For now, Sharps teammates are looking ahead to likely playing without one of their top talents, beginning Friday night against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Sharp has three goals and six assists in 13 games this season. source:

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“Chicago is a very good hockey team and they made us look pretty normal,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. “But we were resilient. “Holts was good in net and we got some timely goals, finally. Back-to-back-to-back.” And for the first time since their last victory, the Capitals allowed fewer than four goals. “It felt like this got switched over for us,” said Ward, whose deflection with 5 seconds left in the second turned out to be the game-winner. “We were up 2-0 in a couple of games and had the lead slip away. “Shows you how fast there can be a turn of events.” Check out the best photos from the best fights in the NHL. For the Blackhawks, that turn was in the wrong direction. “I thought we played a perfect 35 minutes, then basically shot ourselves in the foot with mental mistakes,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “A couple of plays that are totally unacceptable.” Corey Crawford made 21 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost three of four and are 3-6-0 in their last nine. The Blackhawks played their first game without forward Patrick Sharp , who is expected to miss a month after injuring his right knee Tuesday at Montreal. Sharp led Chicago last season with 34 goals and 44 assists. source:

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5. Im not going to anoint myself [and say] that everything is flowing yet, Richards told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. Its still a work in progress, but its always nice. When you score and contribute and help the team and go home with a win, you always sleep better at night. Despite those two goals, there is not a lot of evidence to suggest the Richards’ signing is working out the way the Blackhawks had hoped. Richards has shifted between the Blackhawks’ second, third and fourth lines since the start of the season. Head coach Joel Quenneville has not criticized Richards publicly, but it was clear in training camp that he was going to be a noticeable step slower than Kane and Saad. That made it difficult for Quenneville to feel good about playing Richards between the two, and that opportunity has since been given to the quicker Andrew Shaw . However, that’s not an easy call because Shaw does not have the skill to match his quickness. Richards has been spending a lot of time on the third and fourth lines. Who should man the No. 2 center position for the Blackhawks? Brad Richards Submit Vote vote to see results Who should man the No. source:

The Sharks trailed 3-2 after two periods and had a chance to tie the game when David Rundblad was sent off for holding at 9:06 of the third. But the Blackhawks killed off the penalty, and Bickell put it away with his second goal of the season with 3:42 remaining. Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 1:57 left. The captain also had an assist on van Riemsdyks first career NHL goal. Antti Niemi finished with 32 stops for San Jose. Chicagos scoring spree in the first started when Toews sent a faceoff back to van Riemsdyk, who blasted a slap shot by a screened Niemi 8 minutes into the game. Seabrook extended the lead to 2-0 at 14:10 when he scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brad Richards. With the sellout crowd of 21,489 still celebrating Seabrooks third goal, Hjalmarsson used a nicely placed wrist shot to record his first goal of the season at 14:34. It was the first time three defensemen scored in a single period for Chicago since Frantisek Kucera, Igor Kravchuk and Steve Smith scored in the third period of an 8-1 victory over Edmonton on Nov. 27, 1992. The fast start also came with coach Joel Quenneville trying a couple of new defensive pairings. The 23-year-old van Riemsdyk played with two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, and Seabrook, who struggled in Friday nights 3-2 loss to Washington, was alongside Rundblad. source:


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