Phillips' milestone celebration is temporarily on hold (PHOTO: Blair Gable Reuters)

Phillips' Quest for 1,000 on Hold Due To Concussion

Not only does the injury currently being suffered by Chris Phillips remove a solid veteran from the lineup, but it also puts on hold his chase of a personal milestone. 

Originally set (if he hadn’t missed any games) for Feb. 4th at home against the Leafs, Phillips’ 1,000th game wil be postponed due to his current concussion.  He sits at 984 games played, obviously all of them have been in a Senators uniform.

With 42 games remaining, and the concussion termed “mild”, it is most likely that Phillips will be able to reach the milestone this season.  He has only 16 games to go to reach the 1.000 mark.   However, head injuries are never certain, and there is currently no timetable for his return to the lineup.

This milestone, whenever it finally happens,  will be extra special for Phillips because what he has brought to the table for the Senators over the past 14 seasons is not really quantifiable.  He won’t reach many scoring milestones in his career and appreciation isn’t always shown for shutdown guys.  He won’t be celebrating 400 goals or 1,000 points or be named to any all-star teams any time soon so this honour would qualify as one of the biggest highlights of his career.

Hopefully it works out that he can set the milestone at home, in front of the Senators faithful that he has worked his tail off in front of for so many years.  There hasn’t been a player over the years who has fit into the city more than Phillips (except of course possibly Daniel Alfredsson), or someone who has adopted Ottawa as his home like Phillips has.


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