Patrick Sharp has scored a ton of big goals in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform, but goals are coming few and far between these days.
The 35-year-old winger is a far cray from being the player who was a key contributor to three Stanley Cup titles. Sharp has just two goals and four points in 21 games has gone 15 straight games without finding the back of the net.
“It never gets easy,” Sharp told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. “You think about it all the time. You feel that pressure in tight games, and in losses, definitely. You leave the rink thinking that you could have helped the team in some way. You can sleep a little easier when your team’s winning even though you’re not scoring. But it’s a struggle. There’s not much you can do other than try to get better every day and find a way to get out of these slumps.”
You have to start wondering how much longer the Blackhawks will stick with Sharp if he continues to struggle. It is hard to watch a player who was such an important part the Blackhawks resurgence, but at this point he is taking away a roster spot from a younger player like Vinnie Hinostroza who could contribute more to the roster.