Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp back

Updated: February 1, 2012, 12:42 AM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

VANCOUVER -- Captain Jonathan Toews and forward Patrick Sharp rejoined the Chicago Blackhawks for Tuesday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Toews tallied an assist, but the Blackhawks fell 3-2 in a shootout.

A day after announcing Toews would return to the lineup after missing one game, coach Joel Quenneville declared Sharp "likely" to play earlier Tuesday. Sharp practiced with his team for the second consecutive day Tuesday morning and said he was ready to play.

"Monday was the first time I touched the puck since scoring that 20th goal so it was three weeks off almost to the day," he said before the game. "I think (Tuesday) I was a little bit better, and I plan on being better as we go along here. I look at it as everyone is starting from scratch again with six or seven days off (so) it's probably a good time to sneak back into the lineup."

Sharp was injured while scoring in a Jan. 8 game against Detroit. Jiri Hudler slashed him as he shot, breaking a bone in his left hand.

"(Sharp is) ready to go," Quenneville said. "Your body tells you when you're ready to go and medically you have to pass some hurdles and some tests."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.

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