Marleau passes Howe for NHL games played record, Sharks lose to Vegas


LAS VEGAS — Patrick Marleau played his 1,768th game and passed Gordie Howe for the most in NHL history in the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 shootout loss against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.

Marleau had one shot on goal in 17:21 of ice time in his record-breaking game. It was the forward’s 899th consecutive game; he can reach 900 when the teams play here again Wednesday.

The Golden Knights (32-11-2) rallied after trailing 2-0 to win their seventh consecutive game. Mark Stone scored twice to extend his point streak to five games, and Robin Lehner made 28 saves.

Martin Jones made 38 saves for the Sharks (18-22-5), who have lost six in a row.

Alex Tuch scored the lone goal of the shootout in the first round after Lehner made a save against Marleau.

Nikolai Knyzhov scored at 9:27 of the first period to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

Noah Gregor scored 29 seconds into the second when his wrist shot deflected off Lehner’s glove to make it 2-0.

Stone cut it to 2-1 on the power play at 1:22 of the second, deflecting a shot from Shea Theodore.

He tied it 2-2 with his second power-play goal at 3:29 of the third.

Jones made five saves in overtime.

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