Whether he's patrolling the middle or camped near the faceoff circles, there has been no slowing Patrick Sharp's scoring pace.

The Blackhawks veteran played center for the bulk of the season before coach Joel Quenneville shifted Sharp back to his natural position of winger. Since that Feb. 8 game in Edmonton when he joined Patrick Kane in flanking center Jonathan Toews, Sharp had eight goals and 13 assists in 17 games entering Thursday night's game against the Stars at American Airlines Center.

"You still have responsibilities all over the ice but as a winger I get into scoring areas a lot quicker and faster," said Sharp, who had 26 goals and 21 assists in 52 games primarily as a center. "I have the puck a little bit more in the offensive zone.

"I enjoy the way our line's playing right now. The puck is going in the net for us but we're also making good plays without it. We're coming back hard and we're responsible back there."

The emergence of Ryan Johnson as an everyday center has allowed Quenneville to keep Sharp at the wing, creating one of the top lines in the NHL.