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CSN to present 'SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup' coverage starting Tuesday

CSN to present 'SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup' coverage starting Tuesday

Chicago, IL (September 24, 2012) Beginning tomorrow (Tue, Sept. 25), Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide extensive, live, regional coverage reports from the 39th Ryder Cup (from Medinah C.C. in Medinah, IL) on its signature nightly sports news programs, SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse at 6:30 PM (6:00 PM on Thu, Sept. 27) and GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM.

Hosted by Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle) and a variety of Golf Channel analysts (including GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard), plus - continuous tourney reports from Gail Fischer (@GailFisch), SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup segments will feature a comprehensive breakdown of the days key moments, including highlights, interviews and detailed tournament analysis. In addition, CSN Chicagos nightly sports roundtable talk show, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff featuring host David Kaplan, will have live interviews featuring Golf Channel analysts throughout the week nightly at 5:30 PM.

SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup segments will also showcase numerous feature stories produced by Golf Channel throughout the week, including:

- Michael Jordan 1-on-1: Jordan talks about his love of golf, the Ryder Cup, his love for Chicago and Chicago as a sports town. Golf Channels Mark Rolfing conducts the interview. (Airdates: Tuesday September 25th and Thursday September 27th).

- David Feherty 1-on-1: CSN Chicagos Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with the former PGA Tour membercurrent Golf Channel analyst. (NOTE: The Feherty interview will also air on The Pat Boyle Podcast on Thu, Sept. 27 at 11:00 PM.)

- Profile of Medinah Country Club and the history of the Ryder Cup: Viewers will be provided with an in-depth, hole-by-hole analysis of the course (to also be made available for viewing on CSNChicago.com), along with history of the tournament filled with highlights.

SportsNet Central at the Ryder Cup also will have complete highlights and interviews from The Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble Golf Event (Tue, Sept. 25) featuring numerous celebrity participants, including Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps and George Lopez.

Fans are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional tournament coverage highlights, interviews and much more throughout the week.

Four takeaways: Corey Crawford heating up as Blackhawks extend point streak to four

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Four takeaways: Corey Crawford heating up as Blackhawks extend point streak to four

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on Sunday:

1. Blackhawks fly out of the gates

The Blackhawks couldn't have started any better against the Wild, who were on the second of a back-to-back. It was important for the Blackhawks to take advantage of that and they did.

Jonathan Toews put the Blackhawks on the board 1-0 at 8:26 of the first period after burying a pass from Patrick Kane on the power play and Brandon Saad made it 2-0 with 2:31 left after scoring on a breakaway.

"It’s nice to get a lead and I think we’ve found good ways to give up one- or two-goal leads in second periods this season, and that usually feels like a kick to the midsection," Toews said. "We did a good job of limiting the bleeding in that second period and making sure we came back hard in the third and not giving up too much."

2. Special teams battle

This will be a work in progress all season long, but the Blackhawks are slowly making strides in the special teams department. Often times it could be the deciding factor of a game, whether it's a power play goal or a penalty kill at a key time.

The Blackhawks got two power-play opportunities in the first period and capitalized on the first one. They were able to create chances and have sustained offensive zone time, registering a combined five shots on goal.

"We want to dictate when we're going to try and make our plays," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I thought we were aggressive at the right time, we were patient at other times. We had some interchange, put them in some mismatch situations and then it's up to us to execute and I thought the guys did a great job in all three. ... We're getting better, we just got to be patient with it. It's not going to be perfect, but I see progression."

But the Wild also had their fair share of opportunities and got on the board when Zach Parise buried a Mikko Koivu pass on the power play to cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 at 7:56 of the second period, which looked similar to the Blackhawks' goal.

Most importantly, the Blackhawks killed off Brent Seabrook's penalty with 5:09 remaining in regulation.

"It was tough," Colliton said. "I thought we played quite a solid third and then all of a sudden you've got to go down five minutes to go and they also scored once against us. We did a good job, got us a couple saves, got a couple clears at the right time, so it was big. We needed the two points, obviously, and they got zero."

3. Corey Crawford heating up

The Blackhawks are starting to see the results of their progression, going 2-0-2 in their last four games. And arguably their most important player is, too.

Crawford made a season-high 39 saves in the victory and has stopped 98 of 100 shots in his last three starts for a save percentage of .980. His save percentage was .902 in his first nine starts. Even though there was never a concern about his numbers being down, the Blackhawks are encouraged to see him getting rewarded.

"It's no secret that he's great," Colliton said. "He makes those saves that can keep you in a game or if things are going against you, he holds the fort. We got some old guys, but we got some young guys too, and they need that. They need that security blanket. It's great to see. Obviously he had a great reputation coming in. He's been everything I expected."

4. Eddie Olczyk takes "One More Shift"

On "Hockey Fights Cancer" Night, it was only fitting that the Blackhawks honored one of their own. Before calling the game in the booth, Olczyk hosted a Purple Carpet event in the atrium, honoring fans who are currently battling cancer, have lost a loved one to cancer and those who are in remission and then took the ice for "One More Shift" with the Blackhawks and lined up for the ceremonial puck drop.

Olczyk overcame stage three colon cancer last season and has been an inspiration to many, both on and off the ice.

“I do believe and we do believe as a family that our purpose in life now is to share my story, to help inspire one person that’s either in the battle, going through the battle or helping support somebody,” Olczyk said. “Maybe down the road, somebody will say my biggest impact on our community was off the ice and away from the rink, and you know what, that’s OK.

“There’s nothing like knowing people feel good and that is all a part of going through what I did, getting incredible support and couldn’t have done it by myself. Now it’s my job and my family’s job to inspire people. Even if it’s just for a day or a month. It’s always with you, whether you’re in the battle or you’re outside the chemo or you’re cancer free. That cancer will always be with you. You got to take it head on.”

Did Lauri Markkanen just troll Donald Trump?

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Did Lauri Markkanen just troll Donald Trump?

Lauri Markkanen remains undefeated on Twitter.

Sunday, Markkanen tweeted a photo that seems to be an attempt to troll President Donald Trump. Take a look:

Look at that sly smile. The photo seems relatively harmless, but it's clear that Markkanen is trolling Trump based on the president's comments regarding the devastating California wildfires. From The New York Times:

“You look at other countries where they do it differently and it’s a whole different story,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference in Paradise, Calif., on Saturday. “I was with the president of Finland and he said: ‘We have a much different — we’re a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation, and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. And they don’t have any problem.”

In addition to the obvious rake reference, Markkanen, of course, is Finnish. All jokes aside, Markkanen used the tweet to promote donating to those affected by the wildfires. What a guy!