CHICAGO – Patrick Sharp got one final standing ovation at the United Center after spending the better part of eleven seasons with the Blackhawks.
Following the game, Sharp told reporters he would be retiring after Saturday’s finale against the Winnipeg Jets.
The team honored Sharp with a highlight video in the third period, and he waved his stick and tapped his heart to acknowledge the sustained roar from what was left of the announced crowd of 22,218.
“It was a tough game out there, tough to concentrate with what was going on inside my head. But, thankful that I was able to do that and the Hawks put that video on for me in the third, which was really special, and the guys standing out on the ice and making me do a lap was something I’ll always remember, so it was a special night.”
“You look back and you think about today’s game and you think about the championships that [Sharp] was a significant part of, and the contribution he made to the team, and how well he was respected in the locker room, and his leadership, and he’s one of the guys who was a big part of the success we had,” noted head coach Joel Quenneville. “So it was one of those nights where you think about all the good situations he had here in Chicago, and his family grew up here, and a lot of good things happened, and he’s a big part of the community as well.”
As for the game, Patrik Berglund scored three times to help the Blues to a 4-1 win, setting up a showdown with the Avalanche for the conference’s last wild card spot.