The Calgary Flames may have suffered a 5-2 loss at the hands of the St. Louis Blues on Friday, but for one Flames defenseman it was a milestone game as he extended his consecutive games played streak, currently the longest in the NHL. Jay Bouwmeester played in his 600th game on Friday, furthering a streak that dates back to 2004. The Flames’ 2013 struggles continued, as Leland Irving and Joey MacDonald both had a rough night between the pipes. With Miikka Kiprusoff out and a sputtering offense, there are few bright spots for the Flames in recent weeks.
Bouwmeester still has a long way to go to catch all-time leader Doug Jarvis, who played in 964 consecutive games for the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers. In 2011, Bouwmeester passed former Florida Panthers defenseman Karlis Skrastins with his 496th consecutive game played and became the all-time iron man leader among defensemen. He has not missed a game since coming to the Flames in a trade in 2009 and continues to be a big part of the team’s defense.
This season he has scored three goals and added three assists for an injury-riddled and struggling Flames team. In addition to the iron man streak, Bouwmeester owns another bittersweet league mark: he is the leader among active players for games played without reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs. If early indications hold true, that streak isn’t changing this season either with the Flames roster as is. With two years left on his deal, it remains to be seen if Bouwmeester might be moved in a trade that would send him to a contending team and give him a chance to finally reach the postseason.