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Hurting ‘Hawk: Sharp out 3-4 weeks with suspected hand/wrist injury

Jan 9, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports Blackhawks alternate captain Patrick Sharp will be out for 3-4 weeks with an upper-body injury (Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times suspects it’s a hand/wrist injury.)

The injury occurred shortly after Sharp scored his 20th goal of the season in a 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit on Sunday and while it’s unclear exactly how Sharp got hurt, speculation is a series of whacks from Detroit’s Jiri Hudler did the damage.

Here’s video — you can see Hudler’s one-handed swipe, albeit an innocuous one, right before Sharp scores:

The loss is a big one for the ‘Hawks, as Sharp leads the team in game-winning goals and is third in scoring with 40 points through 42 games. The injury is also the first bit of bad luck Chicago’s “Big Four” has had in terms of health. Sharp, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had combined to miss just one game this year (it was Hossa), a big reason why Chicago sits sixth in league scoring at 3.10 goals per game.

“[Sharp's] certainly had a good first half for us,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Across the board we want to make sure we’re playing the perfect team game [in his absence.]“

Quenneville said Ben Smith may be called up from AHL Rockford later today.

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