Phil Kessel, who plays forward for the Vegas Golden Knights, is not a big admirer of the spotlight. Despite this, the veteran of 17 years got himself at the center of attention in the NHL on Tuesday night.
After tying defenseman Keith Yandle’s franchise record for games played on Monday over Toronto, Kessel surpassed the milestone on Tuesday night when he featured in the game that the Knights were playing at San Jose for his 990th consecutive game played for the Knights.
It’s a fantastic accomplishment and shows that I’ve spent a lot of time playing video games. Kessel stated Monday. It works out just nicely. I took home a few Cups, so that’s an improvement over this situation. However, tomorrow will be another entertaining game, and we will hopefully win.
Kessel marked the occasion by netting a goal for the 400th time in his career on the same night he scored his first goal for Vegas since he moved there for the current season.
The Sharks celebrated Kessel’s Ironman record by showing a video of Yandle praising Kessel during a timeout during the first period of the game. This was followed by the goal, which came after the Sharks had played the video.
The two-time Stanley Cup winner is looking forward to putting the milestone behind him, so he can concentrate on the upcoming season and, hopefully, make the playoffs again with his team, the Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights. They missed out on the tournament last year.
Kessel has appeared in 1,212 games throughout his career, scoring 400 goals and adding 559 assists for the Bruins, Maple Leafs, Penguins, Diamondbacks, and Knights.
He is the 12th player born in the United States to reach the 400-goal plateau in the National Hockey League. On Monday, he came close to reaching that milestone. Still, a challenge by the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sheldon Keefe, resulted in the overturning of a would-be goal that would have occurred just minutes into the game when the official judged his teammate William Karlsson was playing offside.