It was a moment that came to define the first half of Patrick Sharp's season.

One that displayed his pure scoring ability and that ultimately led to something that has happened too often during his NHL career.

Being overlooked.

While scoring his 20th goal of the season Jan. 8 against the Detroit Red Wings, Sharp also suffered a broken bone in his left wrist when he was slashed by center Jiri Hudler.

The injury cost the Blackhawks winger the next eight games and — despite being one of only three players in the league with at least 20 goals and 20 assists — ­reportedly kept him from earning his second consecutive nod as an NHL All-Star.