Flyers’ Keith Yandle equals NHL’s Ironman record for consecutive games played

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The NHL record for most consecutive games played stands since 1987. But that record is now tied, as Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle played his 964th consecutive game on Monday night when the Flyers hosted the Stars of Dallas, tying the record originally set by Doug Jarvis.

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A center for the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers, Jarvis set the original mark in 12 seasons from 1975 to 1987.

Yandle’s ironman streak began on March 26, 2009. He can claim the record if he takes a shift against the New York Islanders in New York on Tuesday night.

Yandle, 35, tied the record when he stepped on the ice 1:15 into the first period.

“That’s how hockey players are built,” Yandle said Sunday of the streak. “You play through as much pain as you can. There were obviously times when I didn’t feel well, when it was difficult to sled. But you try to fight and help your team.

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Three other current players had active streaks that rank in the top 11 in NHL history heading into Monday’s games. Phil Kessel of the Arizona Coyotes is closest behind Yandle with 940 straight games, although Patrick Marleau (910) and Brent Burns (639) of the San Jose Sharks also maintained streaks on the night.

Yandle is in his first season with the Flyers, playing 42 straight games and recording 13 points on 13 assists.

During his career, Yandle appeared in 1,074 total games with 102 goals and 511 assists (613 points) during stints with Phoenix/Arizona, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Flyers.

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