Sharp's injury could hurt more than loss

January, 8, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- Worse for the Chicago Blackhawks than their 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings was seeing forward Patrick Sharp leave the game after just one period.

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Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp reacts after scoring his 20th goal of the season on Sunday.
It’s unclear how he was hurt, but Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk diagrammed his goal-scoring play in the first period, in which Sharp took a couple of whacks near his left wrist from Jiri Hudler of the Wings before tallying his 20th goal of the season.

“He’s got an upper body [injury],” coach Joel Quenneville said afterwards. “We’re going to do some tests. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

When asked if it could be serious, Quenneville responded, “We’ll see.”

Sharp is part of the Hawks’ “big four” along with Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. They’ve carried the Hawks the entire first half. Playing without him for an extended time would put a serious dent in the Hawks offense and put more stress on general manager Stan Bowman to add to his top six forwards, already a need even with Sharp in the lineup.

Disallowed goal

Before Jimmy Hayes was tabbed for a penalty shot in the third period with his team leading 2-1, the Hawks thought they had scored. As Tomas Holmstrom covered the puck, it appeared it may have crossed the line. The league said replays were inconclusive.

“We couldn’t get a good view,” Quenneville said. “The replay didn’t give us a better assessment.”
Hayes missed on his penalty shot and the Wings eventually tied the game.

Slappers

  • Toews dominated in the faceoff circle again. He won 16 of 20 draws (80 percent).

  • Every Hawk except for Jamal Mayers, Andrew Shaw and Hossa registered at least one shot on goal. Hossa had four attempts blocked.

  • Before leaving the game, Sharp became the seventh player in the NHL this season to tally 20 goals with his first-period score.
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    Chicago Cubs beat reporter
    Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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