San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau played in his 1,768th career game on Monday night at the Vegas Golden Knights, breaking Hall of Famer Gordie Howe’s record for the most in NHL history.

“So many emotions going through your head,” said Marleau, whose Sharks lost to the Knights 3-2 in a shootout. “The emotional roller-coaster was definitely a long ride, and I’m blessed to have been able to do this.”

Marleau, 41, began his career with San Jose in the 1997-98 season. Marleau set the games played record in 23 seasons. Howe, who like Marleau is a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, amassed his total over 26 seasons, before “Mr. Hockey” finally retired at age 51.

This was the 899th consecutive game in which he’s played, the second longest current iron-man streak among active players.