Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews back in action
By Ben Meyer-Abbott firstname.lastname@example.org January 31, 2012 10:00PM
Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) talks to teammate Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: March 2, 2012 8:21AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Winger Patrick Sharp and center Jonathan Toews, who suffered hand injuries in January, returned to the lineup Monday for the Blackhawks.
Sharp’s return came less than four weeks after he reportedly suffered a broken bone his left wrist against the Detroit Red Wings when he was slashed while scoring his 20th goal of the season. He missed eight games.
“In my mind, I’m ready to go, I’m 100 percent,” he said before the Hawks played the Canucks at Rogers Arena. ‘‘I feel great, and I’m excited to play in this building. I can’t wait to be back, and I’m ready to get going.’’
Sharp didn’t go into whether he had any hesitations about returning on the shorter end of his projected recovery time, but he was happy that his return wasn’t put off by surgery.
‘‘I think that cuts the healing time in half when you get a free pass from surgery,’’ he said. ‘‘So I got lucky there.”
Toews, who was put on injured reserve but missed only one game, along with the All-Star festivities, returned from an injury to his left wrist. He was slashed by the Florida Panthers’ Erik Gudbranson on Jan. 20 while he was shooting.
Hawks newcomer Brendan Morrison said there weren’t any lingering hard feelings from last season, when the veteran — then with the Calgary Flames — accused the Hawks of taunting him as he came off the ice with a knee injury.
The incident occurred last March 2 as he limped by the Hawks’ bench after a hit by now-teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson.
‘‘To me, it’s a done deal; it’s over with,’’ Morrison said. ‘‘The one guy I made eye contact with when something was said is not here, so there’s no issue.’’
Morrison, one of the more beloved figures in the history of the Canucks from his eight seasons with the team, said it was a quick transition to being a Hawk, starting with a trip to the store soon after he got the call about being traded.
‘‘The first thing I did was go out and get Hawks apparel for my family,’’ said Morrison, who still lives in Vancouver during the offseason. ‘‘But they’re safe. They’re in Calgary. . . . We’ll have to hide it in the summertime.’’
Sharp said he enjoyed winger Patrick Kane’s cameo as Superman in the All-Star skills competition, but he won’t be bestowing a new nickname on his teammate.
‘‘I refuse to call him ‘Super Kane,’ ’’ Sharp said. ‘‘I’ve got a few nicknames for him, but nothing I can say to you guys.’’
Cory Schneider started in goal for the Canucks. The Hawks were their second high-profile opponent in the last seven games, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to rest Roberto Luongo, who also did not play Jan. 7 against the Boston Bruins.