NEWARK, N.J. – Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks. It seems almost every time he shoots, the puck ends up in the net.
Sharp had his second hat trick in five games and the Chicago Blackhawks avoided a rare second straight loss with a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Sharp has 14 goals and seven assists in his last 13 games. He has 25 goals in 44 games this season, tied for the team lead with Patrick Kane.
I dont know numbers-wise, Sharp said when asked if he has ever had a run like this. I think Ive felt like this a few times in my career. Its the result of the good players Im out there with making good plays, and all the hard work you put in as an individual. Its a good run for our team, its a good run for me.
Sharp helped Chicago build a 4-1 lead, combining with Kane and Marian Hossa to score in a span of 4:04 early in the third period.
When the Devils made it 4-3 with 6:23 to play, Sharp iced the game, beating Martin Brodeur with 1:28 to play for his fourth career hat trick.
PENGUINS 5, RANGERS 2: In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby scored his 23rd goal of the season and added two assists as Pittsburgh won its 11th straight at home.
LIGHTNING 2, FLAMES 0: In Calgary, Alberta, Ben Bishop made 19 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, sending Tampa Bay to the victory.
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