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Penguins notebook: Comeau must deal with wrist injury for rest of season

| Friday, March 13, 2015, 5:06 p.m.

Penguins winger Blake Comeau isn't blaming his balky left wrist for scoring three goals over the past 13 games.

But he's also not pretending it's 100 percent.

“(Pain) still lingers,” Comeau said. “I still have to tape it up. It still gives out, depending on if I have one hand on my stick in battle drills.

“I feel like when I'm in the game, the adrenaline of it, you don't feel it as much.”

Comeau hurt his wrist when he was checked into the boards Dec. 22 at Florida and missed the next 20 games.

He had 11 goals in 32 games prior to getting hurt — a .34-per-game pace — and has four in 14 games since, a .29 pace.

The pain is more of a game-to-game thing, Comeau said, which he and the Penguins will have to be wary off over the final 15 games of the regular season and into the playoffs.

“There are times when I tweak it … more so after the games just dealing with the stiffness, the soreness, the grip strength,” Comeau said. “The doctors told me it's something I'm going to have to deal with the rest of the year.”

• After receiving medical clearance Wednesday, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (concussion symptoms) completed a practice with contact and said he felt ready to face the Bruins on Saturday. “Hopefully I'll be in (Saturday),” Ehrhoff said. He has missed 18 of the Penguins' past 19 games with concussion symptoms stemming from hitting his head on the ice twice during a game Jan. 28 at Washington. “Hopefully, it's behind me,” Ehrhoff said. “I feel good now. Moving forward, I don't expect anything. Hopefully, I can find my groove here before the playoffs and help the team down the stretch.” Ehrhoff said his recurring symptoms were headaches, but those have dissipated. A lineup decision would be made Friday, according to coach Mike Johnston, though it won't be revealed until Saturday before the game.

• Johnston saw plenty of emotion Thursday from forward David Perron, who scored a goal and added an assist. More, please, Johnston requested. “He has to get emotionally involved in the game,” Johnston said. “If he gets emotionally involved in the game and engaged that way, I find he plays his best. I'm looking forward to him on the weekend getting to that level again.”

• Friday's practice at Southpointe was closed to the public, the first time that has happened this season.

—Jason Mackey

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