Patrick Sharp Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Center's Status

Ethan GrantAnalyst IMarch 6, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05:  Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild hits Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks forcing him off of his feet at the United Center on March 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Just as Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp started to get things going, the injury bug hit on Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche.


UPDATE: Friday, Mar. 8, at 11:53 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

According to James Duthie of TSN, the severity of Sharp's shoulder injury has been determined and a time frame is now available for a potential return to Chicago's lineup.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Mar. 7, at 9:57 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Chicago Blackhawks could be without star Patrick Sharp for a few weeks, according to Yahoo! Sports' Nick Cotsonika.

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After producing four points in his last five games, Sharp had to leave the ice with an apparent injury after being slammed into the boards by the Avalanche. Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times had the report on Twitter:

Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times also confirmed that Sharp appeared to be in immense pain as he headed to the locker room, noting that is left side seemed to be the culprit.

Sharp got off to a fast start to the lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL season. He had six points in the first four games, including a three-point game against the Dallas Stars that included a goal and two assists.

He cooled off considerably in the scoring department after that, scoring just three goals in his last 19 games. However, Sharp's contributions to the Blackhawks are far too great to just measure by goal-scoring prowess, and he's a big part of what Joel Quenneville and NHL-leading Chicago do on a nightly basis.

Chicago was down 2-1 when Sharp left the ice, but managed to get an equalizer in the third period that knotted the score at two.

The nine-year veteran was a member of Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup team, the 2011 NHL All-Star game MVP and also participated for Canada in the 2008 Ice Hockey World Championships. If he is out for an extended period of time, it would be a huge blow to Chicago's depth as it looks to continue to pace the entire league.