NEW YORK — For a moment, at least, the Patrick Sharp of Jan. 3, 2018, was reminiscent of the player of yesteryear.
And what a critical moment it was for the Blackhawks.
The 36-year-old left winger corralled a pass from David Kampf and slapped it over the left shoulder of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist 2 minutes, 24 seconds into the third period Wednesday during the Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory.
The goal, just Sharp’s second in his last 30 games, put the Hawks ahead for good. It also put Sharp ahead of Jeremy Roenick and into a tie for eighth with Cliff Koroll on the franchise’s all-time list for game-winners at 39, according to hockey-reference.com.
Of more importance, it helped secure the team’s fifth point of a possible six in its last three games of a trip that began with three straight losses.
“You get a chance like that in a 2-2 game in the third period, you better put it in,” said Sharp, who was a healthy scratch for two games in a row during the trip. “And it was nice that I did.”
Kampf was credited with his first NHL assist as a result.
“It was a nice little backhand pass to create the two-on-one,” Sharp said.
Time change: The Blackhawks and Red Wings will meet closer to lunchtime than dinnertime on Jan. 14.
The time of the game between the two teams at the United Center was changed from 6 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will be nationally broadcast as NBC’s Game of the Week.
One-timers: Vinnie Hinostroza (goal) and Jordan Oesterle (assist) extended their points streaks to three games Wednesday, a career high for Oesterle and a career-tying best for Hinostroza. … Ryan Hartman had two assists Wednesday, and has four points in his last four games.