Geoff Sanderson wasn't waiting on a milestone, just waiting to play, period.
After being stuck on 1,099 games since Feb. 9, the veteran winger finally reached 1,100 last night against the Detroit Red Wings.
The mark itself doesn't mean much to him, but the chance to play again certainly does.
"It's tough to sit out, there's no question, it's tough to stay sharp and keep your conditioning up," he said, adding he regrets that it took a season ending injury to Ethan Moreau to open the door.
"I'm looking at it as a chance to make an impression here. With the number of injuries we've had, options have been limited, so I'm going to get an opportunity."
Scoring a sweet breakaway goal to put Edmonton up 2-0 is a nice start. Sanderson has done all that's been asked of him this season, and when he has played, he's played well -- four points in his last seven games.
Unfortunately for the veteran forward, it took 24 games to get those six under his belt.
"Craig MacTavish has said that when I've been in there I've played well," he said.
"From my standpoint that's all you can ask for. As long as the coaching staff realize that when I get the opportunity, I can play, that I've kept my attitude positive, that's all you can ask for."
He and MacTavish have discussed the situation before, how Edmonton has to give its youth as much ice time as possible.
"He came up and said to hang in there," said Sanderson. "I understand where we are with this team. That's the situation I'm in. I accept it. "
While 1,100 itself doesn't mean much, the fact he's been in the league for 17 seasons does.
"I take pride in the number of years I've put in. Not so much games played, but the years played," said Sanderson.
"It says I maybe did things the right way, year after year."