When the NHL announced that Patrick Sharp would return to the lineup after missing the previous eight games due to a concussion, many assumed the star would not be ready to return until the All-Star break.
Sharp, who had played in just five games this season due to injury, had his career year when he finished with 27 goals and 59 points in 70 games.
He was also named the NHL’s MVP after leading the league in goals (35) and assists (58) and leading the League in points (56).
He finished the season ranked second in scoring behind the New York Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh, who has been playing well lately.
The Bruins have struggled mightily in their last six games.
They lost a key defensive player in Shea Weber, a free agent who is also dealing with a concussion.
The Stars also lost defenseman Jordie Benn, who missed eight games because of a concussion and has not played since Nov. 5.
And it is still unclear when forward Brett Ritchie will be able to return from a hip injury.
The Blackhawks have been dealing with the same issue with center Marian Hossa, who is out with a lower-body injury.
There are also questions surrounding forward Patrick Sharp, the Stanley Cup champion captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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