Game recaps, including the latest on Patrick Sharp, Pascal Dupuis, Erik Cole, Josh Harding, Jonathan Ericsson, Marc Staal and more.

Birthday boy Patrick Sharp celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Avalanche.

Birthday boy Patrick Sharp celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Avalanche.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Sharp collected a hat trick on his 32nd birthday as the Blackhawks crushed the Colorado Avalanche 7-2. Jonathan Toews had a four-point game (including 2 goals), Duncan Keith had three assists and Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 13 games.

TRIBLIVE.COM: James Neal’s overtime goal lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Penguins also learn Pascal Dupuis could miss the remainder of the season to a torn ACL in his right knee.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau tallied in a shootout as the San Jose Sharks edged the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3.

WASHINGTON POST: Eric Fehr’s late third period goal gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Erik Cole scored twice in the Stars’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Cam Atkinson’s shootout goal carried the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have activated Josh Harding off injured reserve.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is close to returning from a concussion.

DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will miss 3-5 weeks with broken ribs.

THE SPORTING NEWS: Find out why Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton’s appeal of his 15 game suspension was unsuccessful.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Some ticket prices for the LA Kings-Anaheim Ducks January 25th game at Dodger Stadium have been lowered because of slow sales and fan displeasure over the original higher prices.