Failing miserably to suppress a hint of a smirk early Friday, Patrick Sharp produced the injury report on his previously ailing left knee.

"It's good," Sharp deadpanned. "No problems at all."

A tweak of the knee and the wince on an awkward one-timer at Rogers Arena a couple of nights earlier told a different story. But Sharp flew around anyway, logging 20-plus minutes, recording three hits, firing off four shots and nearly whacking a puck out of midair for a score. He looked like a stalwart ready to break loose.

The sooner the better, with the Hawks losing the first game of the series to the Canucks.

"It's tough to look at the stat sheet after the game and be satisfied when we get shut out and have a loss," Sharp said Friday before Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

"I got to the net a few times, our team made some good plays, not just myself. (But) I have to get some pucks in the net and win some games."

Sharp hardly has been ineffective since his return April 6, recording three points — all assists — in the final three regular-season games and throwing 13 shots on goal in those contests. He has played with a sniper's required aggression.