Sharp regains his form against Wild

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had a feeling that once Patrick Sharp got rolling in the playoffs, there would be no stopping him.

Kane said just that after Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild and proved to be dead on as the series ended in Game 5 on Thursday. After scoring just six goals in 28 regular-season games and dealing with injury troubles, Sharp looked like his past self in the playoffs and broke out for a team-high five goals in the five-game series.

“He’s a goal scorer,” Kane said Thursday. “He knows how to score goals. He’s done that his whole career since I’ve been here. Nothing really new, just kind of new to the season for him. He had a great series. We’ll look for him to stay hot.”

Sharp has never been one to make a big deal out of hot or cold streaks. He always believes his goals will come around if he continues to put in the effort.

He showed that to be true again in this series. He scored twice in Game 2. He added two more in Game 4 and closed out the series with a power-play goal Thursday.

“It’s always nice to score, especially in a win,” Sharp said. “I feel like I got better as the series went on as far as making plays with the puck, kind of raising my level away from the puck. Goals are going to come when you least expect them. They seem to be going in right now, so hopefully I can ride that as long as I can.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville never doubted Sharp would find his form again.

“He’s proven in the past he can score,” Quenneville said. “Coming off a couple of injuries late in the year, I think he was fresh and ready to go once we began. Nice to see some production. ... It’s a good start for him.”