Knights’s Phil Kessel plays 990th consecutive game, becomes new NHL ‘iron man’


Vegas Golden Knights ahead Phil Kessel is not a fan of consideration.

Regardless, the 17-year veteran discovered himself within the NHL highlight on Tuesday night time.

After matching defenceman Keith Yandle’s report for consecutive video games performed on Monday in opposition to Toronto, Kessel broke the mark Tuesday night time when he appeared within the Knights’ recreation at San Jose for his 990th consecutive recreation performed.

“It’s a cool factor, it means I’ve performed loads of video games, proper?” Kessel mentioned Monday. “It’s high-quality. Obviously, I bought to win a few Cups, so I assume that is higher than this. But tomorrow will probably be one other enjoyable recreation and hopefully get a W.”

The two-time Stanley Cup champion mentioned he’ll be glad to place the milestone within the rearview mirror and concentrate on the season, which he hopes will embrace a return to the postseason after neither he, the Arizona Coyotes nor the Golden Knights made the playoffs final 12 months.

Kessel, who has 399 targets and 559 assists, has performed in 1,211 profession video games with Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Las Vegas.

He stays one purpose away from turning into the thirteenth American-born participant to attain 400 NHL targets after coming shut Monday. A problem by Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe overturned a would-be purpose simply minutes into the sport after teammate William Karlsson was dominated offside.

Kessel acknowledged there have been some days he thought the streak would come to an finish, however he has pushed by quite a few accidents and endured some ache whereas cherishing his time with all 5 groups, together with his first a number of months with the Golden Knights.

“No one’s at 100 per cent ever on this league. People suppose they’re, there’s simply no method,” he mentioned. “You all the time get bumps and bruises and nicks and do not feel nice. You simply maintain going.

“I’ve nice experiences [with] each metropolis, they’re all totally different. I prefer to play. I take pleasure in going on the market and competing and taking part in the video games. Obviously, been doing it for a very long time. It’s nonetheless enjoyable to me. I’ve cherished taking part in within the NHL for these 17 years and hopefully, I can proceed.”


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