Report: Patrick Sharp will miss four weeks

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The Chicago Blackhawks will have to get by without forward Patrick Sharp for the next four weeks, according to CSN Chicago’s source.

Sharp left Tuesday’s game after absorbing a hit from Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin:

Although Chicago is fortunate enough to have several top-end skilled forwards, the loss of Patrick Sharp will still be felt by the team. He’s been one of the Blackhawks’ most reliable players, recording at least 30 goals in each of the last three 82-game seasons. He’s also remained relatively healthy throughout his career.

Sharp has three goals and nine points in 13 games this season.

“It’s never easy, but we’ve been there before,” Jonathan Toews said. “It’s unfortunate for Sharpie; he’s been playing well. He’s always a big part of our offense. He’s been great getting shots off and creating on the power play. Whenever you have an injury to a key player like a guy like Sharpie, in a way it’s an opportunity for other guys to get more ice time. I think guys will try to step in and make up for that as much as they can. But as a team, we have to be prepared to fill that void.”

Chicago will go for its second straight win against Washington on Friday.