Sharp scored the opening goal of the game and garnered an assist against Anaheim on Monday.
Sharp's two-point performance ended a 16-game point drought that dated back to mid-October. The winger's struggles to produce saw his role on the power play drastically diminish to the point where he logged just 11 seconds of ice time with the man advantage Monday. Given the veteran's slow start, it's probably too early to say he has turned it around, but at least he is back on the scoresheet.
Sharp hasn't recorded a point in his last seven games.
The veteran forward is locked into a third-line role with the Blackhawks, but he's also averaging 3:24 on the man advantage per contest, so there's reason to believe his offensive numbers will only improve as the season progresses. Sharp has always been a streaky scorer, so if he's able to find the back of the net soon, he could embark on a multi-game point streak, which could enable his owners to cut bait and sell high. The 35-year-old Canadian's first chance to snap his scoreless streak will come Saturday against the Wild.
Sharp recorded a goal in Saturday's 2-1 overtime victory over Nashville.
The three-time Stanley Cup champ has enjoyed his return to the Blackhawks at this point, having already logged two goals and four points in six games after finishing with eight goals and 18 points in 48 games with Dallas a season ago. Sharp is no longer a bona fide top-six forward at this point in his career, but will continue to contribute on the power play and provide some scoring depth for Chicago.
Sharp (hip) has been skating with teammates and expects to be ready for the start of training camp Saturday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The veteran winger returned to Chicago during the offseason after undergoing hip surgery in late March. A timetable for Sharp's recovery was never announced, so this news should come as reassurance for Blackhawks fans who are hoping to see the old "Sharpy" take to the United Center ice in 2017-18. Despite the fact that he'll be turning 36 in December, it's not unreasonable to expect a 20-goal, 40-point output from Sharp now that he's returned to a familiar setting and will slide in to a familiar power-play setup.
According to CapFriendly, Sharp's contract will include $200,000 in performance bonuses if he reaches a certain amount of games played; considering that the veteran is recovering from hip surgery, that seems like a wise move for the cash-strapped Blackhawks. He can return the favor of returning to Chi-Town -- where he claimed three Stanley Cups -- by turning up numbers much closer to his debut season with the Stars -- 55 points in 2015-16 -- than his scant output of 18 points in 48 games last year.