He wasn't able to play in any exhibition games, so Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp is doing everything he can to be ready for opening night Friday against the Stars in Dallas.

On Wednesday, that meant giving his team a scare.

Sharp made a play on Jamal Mayers against the boards at practice, sending his new teammate down to the ice screaming in pain. Mayers got up slowly and made his way off the ice under his own power, but he was favoring his right arm.

But that was the worst of it for the banged-up Hawks. It didn't take long for Mayers to return.