NHL Notes

1. BLACKHAWKS LOSE SHARP
The Chicago Blackhawks’ push for a playoff spot took a huge hit on Sunday night when their second highest scorer, Patrick Sharp, suffered, what looked like, a knee injury in the game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Sharp, who has scored 34 goals and 68 points this season, suffered the mishap late in the first period; when he collided with veteran defenceman, Rostislav Klesla. There was no word after the game on the apparent state of Sharp’s injury.

2. STARS LOSE GROSSMAN
Barely clinging to a play-off spot, the Dallas Stars were dealt a huge blow when Nicklas Grossman left their Saturday night game with an apparent lower body injury. Grossman, who has 10 points and a +7 rating, was injured during the second period of play, in what was a 3-2 shootout loss, against the Philadelphia Flyers.

3. SHARKS LOSE COUTURE WITH LEG INJURY
There were quite a few significant injuries this past weekend and this included the San Jose Sharks, who lost their star rookie forward, Logan Couture, with an apparent leg injury. Early in the second period Couture, who has 27 goals and 48 points, slammed into the end boards and immediately clutched his right leg. “You could see he was in pain,” teammate, Joe Pavelski, said after the game. “He’s meant a lot to this team. He’s been great. He brings a lot of energy to our team. But we have guys who are more than capable of stepping up. We hope it’s nothing serious. Hopefully he doesn’t even miss a day. If it is [serious], hopefully he’s back before crunch time gets going.” The Sharks went on to win the game 5-3 against the St. Louis Blues.

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