Patrick Sharp calls off-ice rumors ‘laughable’

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CHICAGO -- After practice Sunday at Johnny's IceHouse, Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp addressed the recent rumors swirling online and through social media regarding his personal life.

Sharp said the rumors were "completely false and untrue," but said they have taken a toll on him and his family.

Sharp is in the midst of one of the worst offensive seasons of his career. He has just 10 goals and has not scored since Jan. 28 against the Kings, a span of 16 games. Sharp has been one of the most consistent offensive weapons during his Hawks career, scoring at least 20 goals in seven of the last eight seasons, with the lone exception an injury-plagued 2012-'13 in which he only played 28 games.

Sharp said his lack of production and dealing with the off-ice rumors "go hand in hand. When you feel good that translates onto the ice. Looking at specifically on the hockey I've been injured this year, battled back. Had some tough stretches, some good stretches. But I'm feeling good about the way I'm playing, I'm on a good line with good teammates and things are going to break through."

The Blackhawks host the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night at 7:30.

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