Skrastins' consecutive game streak ends at 495

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Karlis Skrastins of the Colorado Avalanche had his NHL-record consecutive games streak among
defensemen snapped Sunday night at 495 when he sat out against
Anaheim because of a knee injury.

Skrastins, who broke Tim Horton's mark of 486 on Feb. 8 against
Atlanta, sustained the injury during Saturday night's 5-4 shootout
loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The 32-year-old defenseman hadn't missed a game since Feb. 18,
2000, when he was with the Nashville Predators, and his run started
three days later against Dallas. His streak was not easy to
achieve, considering he was second in the NHL in blocked shots last
season (207) and third this season (174).

"I knew sooner or later it was going to end. Nothing lasts
forever," Skrastins said after Colorado's 5-3 loss to the Ducks.
"But I was happy with the streak. There were some good memories
for me."

Skrastins played in the final 23 games of the 1999-2000 season,
all 82 in each of the next five campaigns and the first 62
Avalanche contests in 2006-07.

Vancouver's Brendan Morrison now holds the league's longest
current streak for any position at 492 games. The longest overall
playing streak in NHL history is 964 by Doug Jarvis.

Horton set the mark for defensemen while playing for Toronto
from 1961-68.