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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Patrick Sharp passed over as All-Star

By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp was passed over Thursday for the NHL All-Star Game, but the Chicago Blackhawks winger would have made the team if he weren't sidelined with a hand injury, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Sharp, who was injured Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings, is expected to miss up to a month. The All-Star Game will be played Jan. 29 in Ottawa.

His 40 points, which include 20 goals and 20 assists, rank 18th overall in the league. Only two other players in the NHL -- teammate Jonathan Toews and Toronto's Phil Kessel, who both made the All-Star team -- have as many as 20 goals and 20 assists.

Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa also were named to the All-Star team.

Sharp was the MVP of the All-Star Game last season.

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