Sharp dealt with a separated shoulder this season. Ah, yes. Now that the Stars have been eliminated from the playoffs, the team is divulging more specifics on player injuries to the media. Sharp missed six games in mid-March, but that was due to a lower-body ailment. The veteran played in every postseason contest, though it's worth noting that his ice time average fell all the way to 14:48 in the last two games of the conference semifinals against the Blues. For perspective, Sharp averaged 17:37 on the season. If you roster the 34-year-old in keeper leagues, don't fret about his separated shoulder since he played through the malady and now has an offseason to rest.
Sharp scored on the power play and assisted on Cody Eakin's overtime winner for a two-point night Thursday. The wily veteran pulled through for his team to even up the series at 2-2, scoring his first two points of the series. He was held without a point with a minus-4 rating entering Game 4. He's expected to play a major role if the Stars want to advance to the western Conference Final.
Sharp scored his third goal of the playoffs and added an assist in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Wild. A strong showing from Sharp, who also fired four shots on goal. The veteran lit the lamp twice in Game 3, but was held off the scoresheet in four of the six first-round games. The 34-year-old is a proven playoff scorer who will be a key player for the Stars in the second round, especially if they end up playing Sharp's former team the Blackhawks.
Sharp found twine twice in the first 4:10 of Game 3 on Wednesday, a 5-2 loss to Minnesota. The Thunder Bay native also fired a game-high seven shots on goal, which actually made up 41 percent of Dallas' shots (17) in the contest. The goals were Sharp's first playoff points as a Star and give him 83 in 132 career playoff games, so look for him to continue to provide elevated secondary scoring and the type of veteran savvy expected from a three-time Stanley Cup winner.
Sharp scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength helper in 14:02 of ice time in a 4-2 win over the Sharks on Saturday. The goal was Sharp's 18th of the season, but only his second since Jan. 3. The winger has had a rough March, playing in only six games in the month and posting a minus-7 rating. The 34-year-old is on pace for the second lowest goal output of his career, not counting 2012 when he only played in six games.
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