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Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp tries to stay even-keeled through ups, downs

Paul Skrbina, Chicago Tribune on

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When Brent Seabrook happened upon Patrick Sharp in a hallway outside the Blackhawks dressing room at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, the temptation was too enticing.

"You interviewing Mr. Wall Street?" Seabrook deadpanned.

Sharp, with a scarf wrapped perfectly around his neck to perfectly complement his coat and perfectly styled hair, chuckled and carried on with his conversation.

The Blackhawks made a low-risk, one-year, $800,000 investment during the offseason to assure the 15th-year veteran would be dressed in red and white after Sharp spent the last two seasons playing for the Stars.

And the soon-to-be 36-year-old left winger's return to the team with which he helped to three Stanley Cups in 11 seasons was grand. He registered two goals and two assists during the Hawks' first six games.

During the next 16, though, Sharp's struggles far outweighed his production -- zero goals, zero assists.

 

The stretch was a microcosm of the team as a whole. It also wasn't unfamiliar to Sharp.

"You learn how to manage it a little differently," he said. "When I was younger I was way higher and way lower after good or bad results. Now I try to stay a little more even-keeled.

"But I've had good and bad stretches from my rookie year till my 15th year. I don't think that's ever going to change."

Neither is Sharp's veteran approach.

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