Patrick Sharp's Hot Streak Is Great News For Chicago Blackhawks

By Jonathan Katje
Patrick Sharp Playoffs
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The Chicago Blackhawks have been more than impressive in reeling off five straight playoff wins, and with a 2-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Finals they now bear little resemblance to the team that was in a 3-1 series hole against the Detroit Red Wings not that long ago. One player who continues to have a stellar postseason for the Blackhawks is Patrick Sharp, who has already surpassed his regular season goal total in half as many games in the postseason.

Sharp has eight goals and 14 points for the Blackhawks in the playoffs, including two game-winning goals in the first round against the Minnesota Wild. He only managed to play in 28 regular season games as he battled an injury, and having him back at full strength has been a huge boost for the Blackhawks. Sharp now has two goals and four points in the past three games, and is a big part of why the Blackhawks have an early edge in trying to knock off the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Another piece of good news for the Blackhawks concerning Sharp comes from their recent history. The last time Sharp was a point-per-game player in the playoffs, the Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup. His 11 goals and 22 points in 2010 put him third in team scoring behind Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and he once again looks like a great scoring threat behind those two superstars. The Blackhawks and Kings will meet Tuesday night for game three of their series.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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