Sharp hopes to welcome baby with goal

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp felt different skating Monday than he had the previous few days.

"I felt great today," Sharp said after practice at the United Center. "It's amazing when you clear the mind a little bit how good you can feel on the ice. Got a smile on my face all day [Sunday] and today."

The birth of a child will do that to a father. Sadie Ellen Sharp, Sharp's second daughter, was born at 5:46 p.m. on Sunday.

"Awesome timing," Sharp said. "Both my daughters I guess are Hawks fans. They came in the middle of the season on an off day, both of them. I didn't even get to miss a practice. We couldn't be happier, the Sharp family. Everybody is healthy. It couldn't have been a better day, so we're thrilled."

Sharp now hopes history can repeat itself. In the game following his first child's birth, Sharp scored an overtime game-winner to defeat the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 11, 2011. The Blackhawks face the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

"Hopefully there's another tomorrow," Sharp said.

A goal by Sharp on Tuesday would serve several purposes. It could be dedicated to his daughter, bust his five-game scoring slump to the start the season and it would also go down as the 200th of his career. He reached another milestone by playing in his 600th career game on Saturday.

Sharp's lack of goals this season isn't due to the lack of trying. He's had 35 total shots with 18 on net, tied for second on the team. He missed the net on six shots and had 11 shots blocked.

Sharp and the Blackhawks' entire second line has compiled shots, but not goals yet. Sharp is confident he, Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus will capitalize on those chances soon.

"I think we've had a couple strong games," Sharp said. "I think our last game was our strongest 5-on-5 offensively. I thought we created chances every shift that we're out there. A couple bad bounces, a couple missed shots. But if we continue to play like that, continue to play off each other, we're going to get plenty of scoring chances.

"Sometimes you play a poor game and one bounces off you or you get a lucky goal or a lucky chance, you can't really be satisfied with that as a game," Sharp said. "I think you judge your play, your line's play on 60 minutes, how you're creating, how you're defending and go from there."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville isn't worried either.

"We got some guys who would love to get their first goal and go," Quenneville said. "But at the same time, there are other things you can do when you're not scoring. I think goal scorers, they want to score. I think it makes them feel comfortable getting one and things go from there. We hope things will go from him more."