NHL News: Patrick Marleau gets emotional as he gets ready to break Gordie Howe’s record, and Max Domi a healthy scratch

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Apr 6, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau tied Gordie Howe’s record for most regular season games played at 1767 on Saturday night. Tonight, Marleau will be at the top of the list and he’s been humbled by the show of respect from around the league.

Patrick Marleau will break Gordie Howe’s career mark tonight

The moment the puck drops in Las Vegas, Patrick Marleau will officially his the record book with career game 1768. He will become the all-time leader in games played, surpassing the legendary Gordie Howe. It is a journey that has seen an outpouring of love and admiration for the 41 year-old veteran.

When asked about it today, Marleau choked up. “Yeah it’s ah – it’s super special to have that respect,” he said. “To have guys say such kind words and be – you battle with these guys day in and day out. They know the grind, they know what it takes to play in this league. For them to show their respects and have all these kind words, it’s very humbling.”

“Whenever he passes someone in games played, I’ve always made it a point to fire him a text,” Thornton said. “He’s going to be one of those guys throughout my lifetime that I’m always going to check on to make sure everything’s going good. That’s a good friend to have.”

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John Tortorella scratches Max Domi

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Mar 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Max Domi (16) skates off the ice after receiving a game misconduct during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Max Domi will pay the price for losing his composure. He did against the Blackhawks a few games ago, and then again on Saturday against the Stars. Head coach John Tortorella would not go any further then telling the media he will be a healthy scratch tonight.

This season can’t come to an end soon enough for Blue Jackets fans. As for John Tortorella, one has to wonder if it is the end of the road for him in Columbus.