So who gets bragging rights on the flight back to Chicago with Patrick Sharp coming home with the All-Star Game MVP award in a losing cause while his three Blackhawks teammates revel in their victory?
“It’s a good question,” Sharp said. “I think it will be a topic of conversation, definitely I’ll be sure to bring it up a few times.”
Because of the new format that saw captains draft players to fill out their lineups, Sharp ended up with on Team (Eric) Staal, while his Blackhawks teammates Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith found themselves on Team (Nicklas) Lidstrom.
The Lidstroms won the game 11-10. But Sharp collected a goal and two assists for the losers and by a fan vote, ended up with the car as the MVP. It was a nice consolation for some who was not even on the All-Star ballot despite playing a key role in the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory last spring.
“I guess I’d by lying if I said I wasn’t bothered by it,” Sharp said of the omission, “But. it was motivation to play well this year.
Sharp is actually in the midst of a career season, averaging nearly a point and already surpassing his goal total last season’ when he played a pivotal role in the Blackhawks Stanley Cup win. He tends to get overshadowed by the higher profile names on Chicago, but team captain Toews said this season and the All-Star performance should shine a brighter light on Sharp.
“He’s proven he’s one of those Stars,” Toews said. “It’s not easy for a guy like that to become a household name but he’s doing it for sure.
“If you look at the list of former MVPs in this game you’re going to see quite a lineup so it’s pretty cool for him to be added to that list. “
And what will Sharp do with his new car?
“My dad and my brother will be fighting over it,” Sharp said. “We’ll see who wins.”
Sharp gets his edge
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:44 pm