Demko reflects on ‘tough’ concussion recovery

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Thatcher Demko’s return was a welcome sight for the Comets.

He missed the first 18 games of the season recovering from a concussion he suffered during the preseason with the Canucks.

“You can play through a hurt wrist, knee or whatever it is,” Demko said.  “With a brain, you have to really take your time and make sure everything’s good to go.”

It took nearly two months for Demko to make it back.

“You get a headache from doing anything pretty much,” he said.  “There were some days I could read, some days I could watch TV or maybe play a video game here and there.  There are other days where I’m wearing shades inside the house and I can’t do much.  That’s probably the most frustrating part.”

The Comets struggled without him.  They were sitting in last place in the North Division prior to his first appearance of the season last Wednesday against the Rocket.

“You just want to be out there,” he said.  “It’s always tough watching.  We lost a handful of games in a row.  I knew I was really close to coming back, but making sure to take those extra couple of days to get to 100 percent was a little tough.”

When he finally got to that point, he helped snap the Comets’ four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Laval.

“I certainly didn’t know what to expect,” he said.  “My last real game was in Toronto eight months ago.  I didn’t put too much pressure on myself and it was a tough road back.  Being back on the ice was really nice.”

He made 19 saves in that game and proceeded to pick up his second win on Saturday against the Senators.

“(Thatcher) was ready,” head coach Trent Cull said.  “He was sharp.  I thought our guys rallied around both goalies this past week.”

The Comets have won three straight games and are now in the fourth and final postseason spot in the division.

“It’s good to get back in the win column,” Demko said.  “Hopefully we can string a couple more together.”

The Comets visit the Devils on Wednesday night.

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