Montreal Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner is aware of firsthand what Anaheim Geese ahead Andrew Cogliano went by way of throughout his lately-accomplished run of 830 consecutive games played.
Alzner has skilled the day by day preparation and grind, in addition to the ache of enjoying by means of numerous accidents day after day. He is on his personal consecutive games played streak, having suited up for 589 straight heading into the All-Star break.
“It’s very exhausting,” Alzner stated after a current Canadiens recreation. “I wish to say it’s all luck, however some individuals don’t prefer it once I say that. You will get guys which might be harder than anybody I’ve ever seen, however there’s simply nothing you are able to do a few freak accident. There’s occasions the place you assume, ‘Perhaps I might take a recreation off right here, perhaps I couldn’t absolutely assist the workforce the best way I usually would.’ Nevertheless it takes a unique sort of individual to need to and luxuriate in preventing via that.”
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Cogliano was 134 games away from breaking Doug Jarvis’ NHL document of 964 when his streak ended earlier this month as a result of suspension. Each gamers began their streaks on their NHL debuts.
Alzner continues to be over 4 seasons away from catching as much as Jarvis, however acknowledged the thrill of gamers on different groups approaching milestones and data. He in contrast it to his early years in Washington, with teammate Alexander Ovechkin chasing down names within the NHL report books.
“I used to be considering, I would like him to interrupt that subsequent aim-scoring report,“ Alzner stated. “You all the time need to see a man do properly, and for [Cogliano’s streak] to finish the best way it ended, I do know Doug Jarvis’ [streak] didn’t finish in a really good means both, however that’s simply type of the best way it goes typically.”
Like Cogliano, Jarvis didn’t get injured. Two games into the 1986-87 season, he was benched in favour of Brent Peterson.
“There was no nice shock to it,” Jarvis stated on the time. “I feel the sport dictates these days that lots of gamers aren’t going to play eighty (games a season).”
David Backes of the Boston Bruins appreciated the aches and pains that Cogliano has played by way of in his eleven-yr profession.
“I’m positive there have been nicks and bumps, and also you’ve gotta struggle by way of some accidents and someplace you’re questioning whether or not you have to be on the ice or not,” Backes stated after a current Bruins morning skate. “It’s nonetheless fairly spectacular to play that many games, no matter what has transpired.”
Canadiens ahead Logan Shaw played with Cogliano for two seasons in Anaheim previous to being claimed off waivers this month by Montreal.
“He simply takes care of himself,” Shaw stated of Cogliano after a current recreation. “He actually is a real skilled, he takes care of himself and does the suitable issues on a regular basis.”
Shaw emphasised simply how heavy and arduous a recreation the 5’10, 177-lb Cogliano performs.
“Guys don’t take it straightforward on him that’s for positive,” Shaw stated. “He nonetheless performs onerous, he performs the fitting method, however guys nonetheless cheer him.”
As for secrets and techniques to his ex-teammate’s longevity, Shaw provided up a few clues.
“He does the identical factor on a regular basis, let’s simply say that,” Shaw stated. “Nothing modifications on his on a regular basis foundation, every little thing’s the identical. His stall is the nicest, cleanest stall within the dressing room. All the things’s laid out the very same means when he will get to the rink. It’s sort of loopy to observe when he retains that up on a regular basis.”