NHL Notebook: Tumble doesn't bother top playoff goal scorer

2013-06-22T00:00:00Z NHL Notebook: Tumble doesn't bother top playoff goal scorerThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO - Yes, Patrick Sharp is getting a bit of grief from his teammates after he tumbled to the ice while celebrating a rare power-play goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

It's OK. Sharp is having too much fun to care.

"I know I enjoy playing in games that mean a lot," said Sharp, who leads the NHL with 10 playoff goals. "I enjoy the big stage. I think we have a lot of players in this room that do that and that's the reason why we keep getting back here."

Sharp has been a key playoff performer for Chicago once again after he missed 14 games during the regular season with a shoulder injury. The talented wing had 11 goals and 11 assists in the postseason when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010.

"The last few games, he seems like he's getting the puck a lot more and getting opportunities around the net," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Sharp's third-period rebound score gave the Blackhawks a 5-4 lead at Boston on Wednesday. They went on to 6-5 overtime victory against the Bruins, tying the series at two games apiece heading into Game 5 to night.

Sharp pumped his right arm after his 33rd career playoff goal, and then fell down near the boards.

"It's a little embarrassing, not proud about it," Sharp said after practice Friday. "I was excited. It was a big goal. I thought it might have been the difference in the game, so I was just showing my excitement."

Coyotes, Tippett agree on contract extension

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a long-term contract extension with coach Dave Tippett.

The Coyotes have gone 156-96-42 and made the playoffs three times in Tippett's four seasons with the team, despite the fact that the franchise was owned by the NHL and had strict financial restrictions during that time.

Tippett was out of town Friday, and the team scheduled a Monday news conference for him to talk about the new contract.

Slap shots

• Just over four weeks after he was fired by Vancouver, Alain Vigneault took over as coach of the New York Rangers on Friday - replacing the blustery John Tortorella three weeks after his dismissal.

• Lindy Ruff was hired as the new coach of the Dallas Stars. Ruff was fired by Buffalo in February.

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