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On a night when the Vegas Golden Knights played a solid sixty minutes of hockey to grab a 4-1 win over the visiting Arizona Coyotes, they also celebrated another milestone for one of their favorite teammates.

Forward Phil Kessel (#8) played in his 1,000th consecutive NHL regular season game Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena. It is an incredible achievement for a hockey player to add on to his recent record-setting string of 990 consecutive games played. Here’s the pre-game ceremony which honors Kessel’s milestone.



Congratulations to Phil Kessel on a consecutive game streak which I doubt will ever be beaten. Even though the league isn’t as violent as it was in the old days, it is still a very fast game, and there is lots of body contact, and plenty of chances for injuries. It’s an amazing streak, and I certainly hope he keeps it going until he decides to hang up his skates.

So after the pre-game celebration, the Vegas Golden Knights hosted Kessel’s old team. They had plenty of scoring opportunities through the first half of the game but they could not beat Arizona goalie Karel Vejmelka. Vegas finalized capitalized during a power play in the middle of the second period when defenseman Alex Pietrangelo one-timed it from the point on a pass from Jack Eichel. The Golden Knights went into the locker room with a slim 1-0 lead heading into the final period.

The Golden Knights fourth line of Nicholas Roy, Keegan Kolesar and William Carrier started the final period with lots of hustle and a nice move by Carrier for his fourth goal of the season to give the home team some breathing room. Captain Mark Stone finally got back in the goal-scoring column with by batting a puck out of mid-air right into the net for his fifth goal of the season and a 3-0 lead.

Arizona’s Clayton Keller got the visitors on the scoreboard by banking one into the net off of Vegas defenseman Alex Martinez, but the Golden Knights made it a 4-1 final when Reilly Smith wristed in his ninth of the season with just over a minute left in the game.

A very convincing win for the Vegas Golden Knights and one of their favorite teammates both on and off the ice, Phil Kessel. They head to Edmonton to take on NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid and the Oilers Saturday night in Alberta, Canada. Go Knights Go!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


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