Comets determined to protect third period leads

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Along with losing back-to-back overtime games to the Bruins over the weekend, the Comets also lost defenseman Jordan Subban in a trade to the Los Angeles Kings.

The move marks the end of an era for Subban, who’s leaving the only professional organization he’s ever known.

“I thought Subban was playing a better style of hockey for us, a better all-around game,” head coach Trent Cull said.  “I wish him nothing but the best.  He was a pleasure to coach and it’s one of those things that’s part of the job.”

In his absence, the Comets let third period leads slip away twice against Providence, before falling in overtime.

“When you’re coming from behind and tie a game but lose in overtime, it’s not as empty a feeling as blowing a lead,” Wacey Hamilton said.  “We were right there and we have to be able to win those games.”

Despite not getting the end results they were hoping for, the Comets are managing to put a positive spin on the weekend.

“(We still got) two points in the standings,” Patrick Wiercioch said.  “Whether you split the weekend or come away with two points, it moves us in the right direction.”

The team hopes to continue moving that way with a stretch of six straight divisional games set to kick off tomorrow with a road matchup in Rochester.

“We need these points,” Hamilton said.  “We need to make sure that we’re bearing down and ready.  We know how good Rochester is.  These are all four-point games, so we’ll be ready.”

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