Patrick Sharp hoping second daughter will bring him same luck as his first
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter October 8, 2013 8:20PM
Patrick Sharp holds his nine-month-old daughter Madelyn before throwing out a ceermonial firts pitch before the San Francisco Giants 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs Sunday September 2, 2012 at Wrigley Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
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Updated: October 8, 2013 10:02PM
Patrick Sharp only can hope his second daughter has the impeccable timing and positive effect his first one did.
It was on Dec. 8, 2011, that Sharp scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Long Island. When he called home, his wife, Abby, quickly trumped his big news.
‘‘I wanted to call home and ask my wife if she saw me score and [have her] tell me how great I was, and she said, ‘I think I’m having the baby,’ ’’ Sharp said. ‘‘Had the baby [the next day] and scored the game-winner [in overtime against the San Jose Sharks] on Sunday, too. Special weekend.’’
Abby is due Monday, but Sharp said she’s ‘‘starting to feel a little funny.’’ The Hawks traveled Tuesday to
St. Louis for their game Wednesday against the Blues. If Sharp’s on the ice when Abby goes into labor, she’ll call senior director of team services Tony Ommen.
Sharp said he’s hoping not to miss any games, but he would if had to.
‘‘If I’m on the ice, I might as well just [finish the game and] take the charter flight home,’’ Sharp said. ‘‘That’ll be the quickest way home.’’
Defenseman Sheldon Brookbank will make his season debut against the Blues. Last season, Brookbank split time with Michal Rozsival, playing in 26 of 48 games. This season, he’s battling Rozsival and newcomer Michael Kostka for the sixth defenseman spot.
Brookbank said keeping an even keel is the key to handling the frustrations of being a part-time player.
‘‘I totally get why teams want to have depth on ‘D,’ ’’ Brookbank said. ‘‘It just sometimes sucks when you’re one of those guys battling. But it’s part of the gig, and there are a lot of other guys who’d want to trade places with me.’’
After playing only one game in the last seven days, the Hawks finally get into the meat of their schedule with three games in four days and 11 in the final 23 days of October.
‘‘I feel like we’re playing football here, one game a week,’’ center Andrew Shaw said. ‘‘We’re all excited to get back into the rhythm of things and playing more games.’’