Sharp's return a surprise

He surprised everyone.

The Chicago Blackhawks' leading scorer, Patrick Sharp, had only just begun skating again after injuring his left knee seven games ago. Instead of easing his way back in for a weekend game or two, Sharp jumped right back into the playoff atmosphere getting 19:37 of ice time in the Hawks' 4-3 overtime win.

“[I was] little rusty,” he said. “It was a good start. Hopefully better on Friday.”

Sharp assisted on Marian Hossa’s controversial reviewed goal but limped off after one on-ice collision. He missed a power play but returned to take regular shifts and led the Hawks with seven shots and four hits. He’s clearly not 100 percent. If this was game 40 would he have played?

“Game 40? Ahh, probably not,” Joel Quenneville said. “He had a good jump to his game and brought a lot of spirit and energy to our game as well.”

Leddy on target

With Blackhawks’ defensemen seemingly getting shots blocked often this season, two attempts Nick Leddy got to the net were huge. Hossa scored off the first one while the second got through plenty of traffic for his fourth goal of the season.

“Trying to get more shots,” Leddy said. “I got lucky on a couple of them and one happened to go in.”

Joel Quenneville said Leddy has “picked up his game” over the last two nights showing his patented patience with the puck. It was Leddy’s first multi-point night of his career.


Marcus Kruger was a healthy scratch after playing under eight minutes on Tuesday in Montreal.

• The Hawks’ 20 shots in the second tied a season high for one period. They also had 20 in the third period in Montreal on Tuesday.

• The Hawks win coupled with the Anaheim Ducks victory eliminated the Calgary Flames from playoff contention.

• The quote: “I didn’t think it was in. Hossa thought it was a 50/50 toss up. It went our way,” - Patrick Sharp, on the Hossa goal held up by review.