Patrick Sharp to be the next featured guest on CSN's 'Inside Look'

Patrick Sharp to be the next featured guest on CSN's 'Inside Look'

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS ALL-STAR PATRICK SHARP TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUESTON COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Sarah Kustok, featuring Patrick Sharpto debut Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (October 6, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look.

Debuting Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets Sarah Kustok hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks left winger2011 NHL All-Star Game MVP PATRICK SHARP. Sharp discusses everything from his youth in Canada, life lessons from his parents, the team bond of winning a Stanley Cup, his heart-throb status and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Patrick Sharp on the following datestimes: Sat, Oct. 15 at 9:30pm; Sun, Oct. 16 at 1:30pm; Wed, Oct. 19 at 12:30pm, Fri, Oct. 21 at 1:30am, Mon, Oct. 24 at 1:30am and Sun, Oct. 30 at 11pm.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Patrick Sharp premiering Wed, Oct. 12 on Comcast SportsNet:

SHARP on being a labeled a troublemaker in his youth:

I wouldnt describe myself (as a troublemaker), but Ive heard it told to me so many times. I know my mom has gotten into a few fights because of me with parents in the neighborhood. They were always sending me home early from kids houses. I had a little bit of a reputation growing up, but I like to think that Ive controlled it by now.

SHARP on life lessons from his parents:

They always wanted to see me having fun. Whatever I was doing -- if I was upset or concerned or unhappy about something -- they tried to step in and help me out the best way they could. I think the biggest thing I can remember my dad telling me is just have no regrets and do things as hard as you can. Don't go through the motions and realize one day that maybe you could've played a little harder. That applied to everything in my life whether it was hockey or sports.

SHARP on the team bond of winning a Stanley Cup:

I think everyone in the organization that year has a special bond with (winning the Cup) and we always will. It's not about individual success, ever. In playoff time, its about wins and losses and you play for the guy beside you.

SHARP on his proudest moment outside of winning a Stanley Cup:

Wearing a letter in the National Hockey League, that means a lot to me -- being named one of the captains of the Chicago Blackhawks. With all the history the organization has, and every time I put my jersey on, I look at it and that jersey means a great deal to me and as far as great memories, there's a lot of them.

SHARP on his heart-throb status:

It's certainly tough being a pro hockey player and then walking into the locker room and seeing those magazines everywhere and taking the abuse from my teammatesI don't know how to handle it, really. Its not like I wake up every morning and tell myself how beautiful I am, you know what I'm saying. It's something that you take in stride and you laugh about it. My mother is certainly proud of it. She's got the magazines framed in her office at home, but I consider myself a hockey player.

SHARP on the journey of his successful NHL career:

I'm happy where I am right now. I know that it's all a process. It's all a journey to get to where you are, but I'm happy now. It was difficult leaving Philadelphia, but look at the situation I'm in now. I'm in the best organization and in the best city in the world, so my job now is to go out and win Stanley Cups. I don't think there are 30 teams in the league that can start every season and say that, but we can say that every year. Our organization gives us the best chance to win, puts us in the best position to win, so I wouldnt really change anything about my life.

Northwestern holds off Ohio State for fifth Big Ten win, first win in Columbus in 40 years

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Northwestern holds off Ohio State for fifth Big Ten win, first win in Columbus in 40 years

It's not something that's been said often over the decades, but Northwestern is one of the best teams in the Big Ten.

That's the story the standings tell, and with another week of the 2016-17 season in the books, the Wildcats sit at 5-2 in conference play, good for the second-best mark in the league.

That fifth conference win came Sunday afternoon with a 74-72 defeat of Ohio State. It was the first time Northwestern won in Columbus since 1977.

This is the first 5-2 start to Big Ten play for the Cats since 1968. So is this the first time ever the Cats get an invite to the NCAA tournament?

Of course that remains to be seen, but Chris Collins' squad sure seems to be setting itself up for inclusion in the field of 68. Sunday's win was just the latest to come away from Evanston, and in seven conference games, four of the team's five wins have come in road games, including three straight at Nebraska, Rutgers and Ohio State.

Northwestern had to find a way to win Sunday. A couple surges in the first half took the Cats from modest deficits to a lead that grew as big as eight. The halftime advantage was five, but that slipped away quickly as Northwestern shot poorly after halftime. Ice cold is a better descriptor, the Cats struggling to get their field-goal percentage above 30 percent over the final 20 minutes. It got there eventually, the team finishing shooting 32.3 percent in the second half, but it was the work from the free-throw line that made the win possible. Over the final 20 minutes, Northwestern was 14-for-16 from the charity stripe, including going 11-for-12 over the final minute and a half.

The key stretch came when a Scottie Lindsey 3-ball broke a 56-all tie with four and a half minutes to play. Ohio State countered with a bucket, but freshman point guard Isiah Brown turned in back-to-back scores of his own, the second a breakaway layup off a steal. That made it a five-point lead, and though the gap shrunk over the game's final three minutes, Northwestern's free-throw shooting allowed the Cats to hold that lead the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes shot themselves in the foot at the free-throw line. They were 12-for-23 on the game, and all but one of the attempts came in the second half, making for 10 missed free throws over the game's final 20 minutes. Northwestern committed a lot of fouls, but Ohio State couldn't capitalize, something that has to be quite painful for the Buckeyes, considering they had edges in other statistical categories. They shot 45.6 percent from the field compared to the Cats shooting 37.5 percent. Ohio State also had 16 second-chance points and 28 points in the paint. But Northwestern had 17 points off 13 Ohio State turnovers.

Lindsey finished with a game-high 21 points and has scored in double figures in every game this season. Bryant McIntosh had 17 points, and Vic Law had 10. Jae'Sean Tate scored 14 points for Ohio State, with JaQuan Lyle adding 13, Trevor Thompson scoring 11 and Cam Williams putting in 10.

The win was Northwestern's fourth straight and boosted its overall record to 16-4 to go along with the 5-2 mark in the conference. The Cats next play Nebraska on Thursday.

The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak for Ohio State and dropped the Buckeyes' record to 12-8 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten. They next play Minnesota on Wednesday.

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger 'pretty close' to returning for Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger has been sidelined a little longer than the originally expected three weeks with his right hand injury. Not that any missed time is enjoyable.

"I wanted to get back there probably a few weeks ago but unfortunately I couldn't," said Kruger, who suffered his injury on Dec. 30 against the Carolina Hurricanes. "I tried to listen to the doctors and do everything I can instead to be ready when I get cleared. That's my mindset."

Kruger is close, but not quite there, as the Blackhawks prepared for Sunday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Kruger skated with his teammates for the first time since being injured but wasn't among the line rushes. The center took faceoffs on his own at the end of practice. Kruger pronounced himself, "pretty close," to returning. Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks will see how Kruger is over the next few days. The Blackhawks play again Tuesday and Thursday before heading into the All-Star break this weekend.

The Blackhawks have missed Kruger's versatility and especially his play on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks' kill has been fine through Kruger's absence but he nevertheless is a big part of it when he's healthy.

"We have a lot of options and when he's out everyone gets a more important role, whether starting or faceoffs. And we have a rotation of five guys who are in there most of the time. But he definitely absorbs the most responsibility when he's playing in that area," Quenneville said of Kruger. "So it's nice you get to try some other guys and you get deeper as you go along."

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One of the players who's emerged in Kruger's absence is Tanner Kero, who filled his third-line center void. Kero and linemates Vinnie Hinostroza and Marian Hossa clicked on the dads trip, coming up with big plays and points in the Blackhawks' victories over Colorado and Boston. As of now, Kero appears to have the hold on third-line center.

"I don't see too many things that would change his positioning because he really helped himself," Quenneville said.

Kruger said he's fine if that means returning to fourth-line center duties. Regardless, he'll help bolster the Blackhawks' forward lines. The last step is likely contact, which Kruger got a little of – outside of faceoffs – in Sunday's skate. Kruger's had to wait a little longer than expected on his injury but he's getting there.

“Obviously [I want to] get back and playing the same way,” Kruger said. “First I want to get healthy and then get back playing my best and do everything I can for the team.”