That snapped St. Louis's string at 499 games, which was good for third among active NHL streaks. But St. Louis was still well back of Doug Jarvis's all-time record of 964, a mark that no NHL player has managed to so much as get close to in almost 20 years.
Will anyone ever again challenge Jarvis's mark? Maybe not. But if you're an NHL player hoping to start your own ironman streak, here are some common sense tips that could help you get started on the road to the record book.
DO: Stay healthy by avoiding collisions that would increase your risk of suffering an injury.
DO NOT: Worry about collisions that carry absolutely no physical risk, such as running Ryan Miller in front of the entire Sabres roster.
DO: Hit the gym often to make sure you're in peak physical condition.
DO NOT: Bother working out any body parts other than "upper body" and "lower body", since those are the only ones that anyone ever injures.
DO: Feel confident that the NHL's recent changes to Rule 48 will drastically reduce the risk that you will suffer a serious head injury.
DO NOT: Attempt to actually understand how the league applies Rule 48, as this will cause a serious head injury
DO: Follow the example of current league ironman Jay Bouwmeester by focusing all of your energy on training and conditioning that will allow you to continue your streak.
DO NOT: Allow yourself to become side-tracked by frivolous distractions, such as playing in postseason games.
DO: Follow league guidelines by taking and passing a comprehensive concussion screening test after suffering a hit to the head.
DO NOT: Feel pressured to take the test before you're ready; feel free to play in a few more games first, like everyone else does.
DO: Know and respect your body's limitations.
DO NOT: Risk injury by attempting to do the physically impossible, such as keeping a straight face after hearing that the Canadiens thought it would be a good idea to trade for Tomas Kaberle.
DO: Make sure you always wear the best and most modern possible equipment to protect important body parts like your elbows, shoulders, ankles and shins.
DO NOT: Worry about also wearing something to protect your eyes, because hey, no point going overboard, right?
DO: Accept that you will not be able to avoid occasionally finding yourself in a "high risk" area of the ice such as in front of the net or in the corners, as this is simply part of the game.
DO NOT: Allow yourself to wind up in a "super high risk" area, like standing next to Artem Anisimov as he celebrates a tap-in goal.
DO: Publicly commit yourself to following a strict diet of nutritious foods.
DO NOT: Let Gary Roberts overhear you saying that, since he'll make you actually do it.
DO: Be aware of which opponents are out on the ice against you at all times.
DO NOT: Forget to casually brush the ice shavings from your uniform after uncurling from the fetal position once the referee assures you that yes, Dion Phaneuf has finished his shift.
DO: Remember that any games for which you are suspended will result in the end of your streak.
DO NOT: Commit any obvious fouls that always result in additional discipline, such as blatantly spearing someone who isn't Chris Neil.
DO: Reward yourself for all your hard work and dedication by taking advantage of some relaxation time at home, perhaps by surfing the internet or stretching out in front of the television.
DO NOT: Be surprised when the installation tech from Bell or Rogers blindsides you in the side of the knee with a wrench while muttering "go Leafs go".