Patrick Sharp back with Blackhawks

Updated: September 30, 2011, 4:30 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp returned to practice on Friday, his first time back since undergoing an emergency appendectomy Sept. 12, and declared himself nearly ready for game action.

"I felt good," Sharp said after practice. "As far as a return, I wish I could give you a date. I've felt better every 24 hours since the surgery. A noticeable difference. If that continues, I'd like to think I can play pretty soon."

Sharp had the procedure after feeling discomfort ...

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