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Penguins notebook: Adams’ consecutive games streak reaches 300

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The Penguins' Robert Bortuzzo (41) and the Jets' Bryan Little collide during the first period Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — As expected, Penguins forward Craig Adams downplayed the idea of playing in his 300th consecutive regular-season game Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.

His coach, however, was plenty happy to talk about the streak, which puts Adams within two games of tying Jordan Staal for the second longest in team history.

“I have a lot of admiration for guys who have those streaks going, that play when they’re injured, play when they’re tired or sore,” Johnston said. “It’s really quite incredible because it’s tough to do in this game.”

Adams still is a long way from Doug Jarvis’ streak that totaled 964 games — from his debut in 1975 to the last game of his career in 1987. St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is the active leader in consecutive regular-season games played at 729.

Though he’s not quite in that range, Adams should break Ron Schock’s franchise record of 313 next month.

“You want to play every night,” Adams said. “You want to be in the lineup every night. It’s an accomplishment in that regard, but beyond that, I don’t think about it a whole heck of a lot.”

Adams ranks third among Penguins forwards with 2 minutes, 43 seconds of short-handed ice time per game. He scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway against New Jersey.

When Johnston was an assistant coach in Vancouver, he remembers watching Brendan Morrison keep a streak alive for 542 games, which came to an end in 2009 and ranks 13th all-time.

It’s not easy to do, Johnston said.

“Craig has been a warrior-type player,” he said. “Certainly with us, he contributes any way he can. He’s an extremely valuable penalty killer for us, a big reason why our penalty kill has turned around lately.”

Easy solution?

Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian has figured out a way to stop the Penguins’ power play, and it was predictable considering the Jets have allowed 51 power-play chances, tied for third-most in the NHL entering Thursday.

“Throughout the game, there are going to be breakdowns,” Bogosian said. “Penalties happen. The best way to kill those penalties is not to take them.”

Comeau’s new role

When he signed with the Penguins in the offseason, Blake Comeau probably didn’t expect to play with Evgeni Malkin.

Still, with a lower-body injury to Beau Bennett, that’s where Comeau has been — and he has acquitted himself just fine, with three goals and four assists entering Thursday.

“It’s an easy transition with a guy like that,” Comeau said. “He’s got so much skill. He talks to you on the bench. He lets you know where he was, asking if you were open, things like that.

“He and (Pascal) Dupuis have known each other for quite a while. They’ve done a great job of welcoming me.”

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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