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Phil The Thrill is officially a member of Sin City, having agreed to a one year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights this past offseason. And now, thanks to his remarkable iron man streak, he's now in the NHL record books as having tied former defenseman Keith Yandle for the most consecutive games played with 989.
However, he nearly made another piece of NHL history last night at T-Mobile Arena against his former team in the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel deposited the puck past goaltender Ilya Samsonov, giving him what was going to be counted as his 400th career NHL goal. However, it would be called back after a video review showing that Vegas illegally entered the offensive zone.
Had it stood, he would have been the 13th American born player to reach the milestone.