Mention Patrick Sharp, and one word comes to mind immediately: steady.
Since his first full season with the Blackhawks, he’s scored 20 or more goals in each campaign, and dishes out just as many assists. Sharp has excelled in all situations and his versatile two-way play has earned him many appreciative linemates through the years. After signing Sharp to a five-year contract extension prior to the 2011-12 season, the Blackhawks got a tidy return on their investment to the tune of 69 points (33G, 36A) in 74 appearances, ranking second on the team. Below is a look at some other numbers the “Sharp Shooter” put up this season.
Goals scored on Nov. 25 against the Anaheim Ducks in a 6-5 win. Sharp’s second career hat trick capped off a four-goal third period, and his second and third tallies came just two minutes apart, stunning the home team and prompting a goalie change. Sharp finished the game with six shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating.
Average power-play time per game for Sharp, leading all Blackhawks skaters. Versatile enough to play along the boards and at the point, Sharp ranked second on the team in power-play goals (7), and his 17 points trailed only Marian Hossa while the team was on the man advantage.
Team goals scored per 60 minutes while Sharp is on the ice, the highest rate among all skaters. This advanced stat (expressed as GF on/60) measures how many goals were scored when an individual player was on the ice, prorated to 60 minutes of ice time.
Multi-goal games for Sharp, leading the team in that category.
Game-winning goals, tied for seventh in the league and a team- and career high. Sharp’s “clutchness” was never more evident than the three game-winners he potted in four games from Dec. 3-11, including the two unforgettable overtime goals on Dec. 8 at New York and Dec. 11 against San Jose that sandwiched the birth of his daughter.
Points scored in a season-long nine-game point streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 18, including seven goals and six helpers. The Blackhawks were 7-1-1 in that span. Sharp also recorded nine points (5G, 4A) in six games from March 9-20.
Goals scored away from the United Center, one less than the career-high 22 he netted in 2007-08, the last time his road output surpassed his home production. Sharp also registered 17 away helpers to reach a career high of 38 points.
Career-high ice time logged on March 13 against the St. Louis Blues. Sharp registered an assist on Brent Seabrook’s game-tying goal in the third period on the power play, and the Blackhawks eventually won 4-3 in a shootout.
Sharp’s career-high plus/minus rating this season, ranked seventh in the league and first on the team. Sharp surpassed his +24 rating set in 2009-10.
Goals scored, making it three out of six full seasons with the Blackhawks where Sharp has crossed the 30-goal plateau (he netted 36 in 2007-08 and 34 in 2010-11). Since the 2006-07 campaign, Sharp’s first in Chicago, he’s been one of the most consistent goalscorers in the league, putting up 20 or more goals in six consecutive seasons.
Shots on goal, setting another career high and pacing the team. Sharp has led the team in SOG three seasons in a row, registering 260 or more in each campaign dating back to 2009-10.
Regular-season games played with the Blackhawks, a milestone reached on April 5 at Minnesota. In his 500 appearances, Sharp has logged 183 goals, ranking him 19th in franchise history, and 187 assists (33rd overall).