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Golden Knights' Kessel ties NHL streak record with 989

Phil Kessel played his 989th straight NHL game, tying the record held by Keith Yandle when the Vegas Golden Knights played the Toronto Maple Leafs at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.

The 35-year-old forward assisted in the 3-1 win. He hasn’t missed a game since Oct. 31, 2009, when he didn’t play for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens due to offseason shoulder surgery. “I played a lot of games and you always want to win,” Kessel said. “It’s better if you win, and if we can do it tomorrow, great. … I’ve always wanted to play. You’re going to miss some games your whole career, but by I’ve been lucky so far.” Kessel could pass Yandel when the Golden Knights visit the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday (10:30pm ET; ESPN). If healthy, he will play his 1,000th straight game against the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 17 in Las Vegas. “When you think about it, it’s really unbelievable,” Las Vegas Center Jack Eicher said last week. “You rarely see a guy play 82 games in a season. It’s impressive that he’s played so many seasons in a row.” Kessel in Las Vegas this season He had two assists in seven games, his first since signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal on Aug. 24. “I’ve always been the type of guy who would rather play than sit outside,” Kessel told NHL.com. “I’m going to try to play no matter what.” Kessel was selected by the Boston Bruins with the 5th overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft, and has played in the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Coyotes and The Golden Knights have 957 points (399 goals, 558 assists) in 1,210 games. He also had 81 points (34 goals, 47 assists) in 96 playoff games, including winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017. “Unbelievable respect,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said before Monday’s game. “It’s a tough team sport, whether it’s the physical demands, the travel demands, all of those aspects. There’s a lot of physical wear and tear that players deal with. There’s physical wear and tear, but there’s also mental wear and tear as part of that. So, It’s a very difficult thing to consistently provide a reliable and available service to your team. It’s a skill in itself. Obviously, that’s what he does. Kessel, obviously, he’s been this age Model players in gaming history, so impressive.” NHL.com staff writers Mike Zeisberger and independent journalist Paul Delos Santos for this report Contributed
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