Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp has had one mission on his mind since the start of the season, get rookie Alex DeBrincat his first NHL goal.
At times he's tried to force it, but it finally came last night, and not only was it a beauty of a shot, but it was against arguably the best goalie in the world. Sharp was almost happier than DeBrincat knowing the pressure would finally be off his shoulders.
“Not that Alex really needs the confidence, he’s been playing well to start the season, and all through camp,” Sharp said. “But you could see he felt so much better after putting that one in. Not a chintzy goal, either — a one-timer against a great goalie. I was happy to see him put it in and glad I could be a part of it.”
The two have found some great chemistry and Sharp is proving the Hawks right for bringing him back and DeBrincat is proving the Hawks right for keeping him on the NHL roster.
“Those guys have been really good together. Whether they’re scoring or not, we like the way they’re playing without the puck, and they’re moving around the ice where it seems like things develop almost every single shift." Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
It's a bromance we hope lasts all season!