Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano hasn't missed a day of work since making his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers in 2007. That was 562 games ago, not that Cogliano's been keeping track.
So when St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester missed Sunday's game in Ottawa with a lower-body injury, ending a streak of 737 consecutive games, it was Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau who had to tell Cogliano he was the league's new iron man.
"I had no idea," Cogliano said. "I don't put too much stock into it, to be honest. I just want to play and contribute. And that's about it."
But to Boudreau, who has lost players to the flu and mumps, groin injuries and broken bones this year, Cogliano's streak is as impressive as it is long.
"It's tough to play that many games in a row, just [with] the travel and pace of everything," he said. "It's an amazing feat."
Historic, too. Cogliano is just the fifth man to play at least 500 consecutive games at the start of his career. But he's a long way from the overall record of 964 consecutive games, set by Doug Jarvis from 1975 to 1988.
He just might get there if he stays with Boudreau, though. Asked after Monday's practice if he might sacrifice the streak just to give Cogliano a breather, Boudreau answered quickly.
"I don't think I'm going to be the coach that does that," he said.
Defenseman Clayton Stoner, the latest Duck to contract mumps, skated on his own Monday morning, but Boudreau isn't optimistic he'll be cleared in time to play Tuesday. Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin each missed five games with mumps earlier this month….Defenseman Mark Fistric, who has missed the last 11 games with a back injury, may have had his return delayed when he was hit in the mouth with a puck during practice Monday. Fistric skated off the ice with a towel to his face before being taken to a hospital to have the wound stitched closed.
Etem, Karlsson sent down
Last week's trade for veteran winger Rene Bourque figured to make it difficult to find playing time for all the Ducks forwards. So on Monday, the team sent Emerson Etem and William Karlsson down to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
Etem, who last played Nov. 20, appeared in 21 games and had two goals and two assists. Karlsson, who was on injured reserve and has been battling the flu, hasn't played since Nov. 16. The rookie has two goals and an assist in 16 games.
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