- Patrick Marleau played his 1,768th game last night, becoming the all-time leader in this category
- He jumped over fellow Canadian, Gordie Howe
- The San Jose Sharks lost to Vegas Golden Knights following a shootout, 2-3
Patrick Marleau became the all-time leader in games played tonight in Las Vegas, surpassing the Hall of Famer, Gordie Howe aka Mr. Hockey.
Historic Moment for Marleau and the NHL
The 41-year old who debuted in the NHL back in 1997 did something even he didn’t expect once starting to play hockey. Marleau reached arguably the most famous person from his native town, Saskatchewan, Canada, Gordie Howe, and broke his record for the most games played in the National Hockey League with 1,768.
As of this Monday, Marleau holds this prestigious record with the intention to improve it significantly. Per hockey experts and pundits, Marleau’s physical shape is excellent, which allows him to play for a couple of more seasons. Some suggest that we just might see him reaching the 2,000-game mark, becoming the first player to do that as well.
We shouldn’t forget that the Sharks’ legend is on a streak of 899 consecutive games played, which is the second-most in the league. That only proves the above-mentioned claims about his perfect health.
Marleau spent the majority of his career in San Jose, with two short stints in Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The latter one was in 2020 because of his wish to win the Stanley Cup title; the one trophy didn’t have a chance to put his hands on. However, it turned out to be a bust, suffering elimination in the qualifying round vs Montreal Canadiens. The only time Marleau played the finals was in 2016, once Penguins defeated his Sharks in six games.
More Success With Canada Than With Sharks
Throughout 20 years in San Jose, the fantastic center, who also played as a winger, broke most of the offensive franchise records, becoming the icon of the fans and an idol all over the country.
In those 1,768 games played, Marleau scored 566 times and assisted on 630 occasions. Even though being among the best players in the league, he earned just three All-Star invitations.
Marleau’s appearances in the national team saw more success than in San Jose. He won two Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014, one World Championship 2003, and one World Cup, 2004. In all these quests, Sharks’ leader was indispensable.
Golden Knights Ruin the Celebration
Mark Stone scored two goals that saw Vegas coming back from behind, forcing overtimes and, after that, a shootout. The Golden Knights had more composure during those moments, earning a hard 3-2 victory over the Sharks.
With under half a minute in the second period, the guests from San Jose had a 2-0 lead, and everything went in their favor. Nikolai Knyzhov and Noah Gregor found the back of the hosts’ net, handing the Sharks a nice edge. The way things developed on the ice, it seemed that Marleau and his team would win this one without any trouble, yet Stone prevented that from happening.
These two sides will meet again on Wednesday night, in the second of back-to-back events.