-- Soon after finishing his media responsibilities Wednesday afternoon at Chelsea Piers, Chicago Blackhawks
forward Patrick Sharp
went down the long row of benches looking for John Scott
"Something's got to give. Something's got to go our way eventually. They say if you keep doing the right things the hockey gods are going to reward you and we're hoping that's going to happen soon." -- Jonathan Toews
It was time for a practical joke.
Sharp, smiling like a mischievous prankster, found the big guy's footwear, snagged them from off the rubber-matted floor, walked back down the row of benches, and placed them in an equipment bag. He then had a good laugh with captain Jonathan Toews
as the rest of the Blackhawks started to come off the ice at Sky Rink and prepare for the bus ride back to Madison Square Garden, where they would change.
"Scott's going back without shoes on," Sharp quietly quipped as he dropped the pair of Reebok sneakers in the bag.
The Blackhawks are winless in nine straight (0-8-1), including seven in a row on the road, heading into Thursday's showdown at the Garden against the League-best Rangers. They've fallen to sixth in the Western Conference after being in first three and a half weeks ago, when they last won a game.