In what has been an up-and-down season for the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the awards continue to keep coming back to the Original Six franchise.
What a fun-to-watch All-Star affair, in which future Hall-of-Famer Niklas Lindstrom's team overcame the hometown favorite Eric Staal's club 11-10.
Despite the loss, Joel Quenneville's only Blackhawk on his team, Patrick Sharp, got the MVP Award for the game in his first appearance as an All-Star.
He was very deserving as he contributed one goal and two assists in the contest, and had one puck go off the post, which would have given him four points for the Staal team.
Sharp was the eighth pick for his team, the same pick that his teammate and captain Jonathan Toews was taken at.
Toews and Kane, along with former Blackhawks Martin Havlat and Dustin Byfuglien, all were on the Lidstrom team and gained the victory. The chemistry seemed to remain for the former teammates as they were able to connect on a couple of goals, and their passes seemed to bring back memories from 2009—and even 2008 in Havlat's case.
For the Blackhawks, this MVP honor could serve as inspiration going into the post-All Star break. The Blackhawks find themselves in a dogfight for the eighth seed in the Western Conference that many expect will come down to the end of the season.
With Patrick Sharp winning the award, it marks the first All-Star MVP for a Blackhawk since Eric Daze won the award with two goals and one assist in a losing effort for the North American team against the World.
It had been since Bobby Hull was a back-to-back All-Star Game MVP in 1970 and 1971 in his last days in Chicago since the Hawks had that trophy in-house.
But—specifically for Sharp who has been in the NHL since 2002—it is the first time he has been bestowed with such an individual acknowledgement.
He has been the Blackhawks' assistant captain for a couple seasons and was a key member for the title last season.
But for all Blackhawks fans, it is nice to see Sharp receive national recognition over the "superstars" such as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for one night.
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