Phil Kessel breaks NHL’s ‘iron man’ record, scores 400th goal in Golden Knights win

Watch as Vegas Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel skates in his 990th straight game against the San Jose Sharks to set the new NHL record for most consecutive games played.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Phil Kessel celebrated his NHL Ironman record by scoring his 400th career goal and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Kessel broke the record set by Keith Yandle last season when he got the start in his 990th consecutive game since taking the ice for Toronto on Nov. 3, 2009.

He wasn’t done there, getting the first goal of the game to add to his milestone night. He took a pass in transition from Brett Howden and beat James Reimer up high to become the 12th American-born player to score 400 goals.

Kessel nearly reached that mark on Monday before an offsides challenge wiped off his goal against Toronto. There was no question this time.

The Golden Knights made sure it was a celebratory night with goals from Shea Theodore, William Karlsson and Mark Stone in the third period to get the win.

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Adin Hill made 29 saves in his first game against San Jose since being traded to Vegas this summer.

The Sharks got goals from Nico Sturm and Matt Nieto in the second period but still lost their eighth straight home game to the Golden Knights. San Jose last won at the Shark Tank against Vegas in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs in 2019, when they rallied from three goals down before winning in overtime.

Reimer made 27 saves for San Jose.

The Golden Knights tied it in the opening minute of the third period when Theodore’s wrist shot from the point went through traffic and beat Reimer.

William Karlsson then deked Erik Karlsson to go in alone on Reimer for the go-ahead goal with 6:47 to play.

Stone added the insurance goal 1:02 later.

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Yandle had a short run as the NHL’s Ironman, holding a share of the mark for 272 days since tying Doug Jarvis’ record of 964 consecutive games on Jan. 24.

Jarvis had sole possession of the record for 12,813 days since setting the mark on Dec. 26, 1984.

The Sharks played a video from Yandle congratulating Kessel during a break in the first period, drawing a warm ovation from the crowd of 12,003.


Sharks F Nick Bonino (upper body) missed his second straight game and is day to day. … There is no timeline for the return of San Jose D Markus Nutivaara, who has been out since training camp with a lower-body injury.


Golden Knights: Host Anaheim on Friday night.

Sharks: Host Toronto on Thursday night.

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