Making the achievement more impressive is the toll his hard-hitting, physical and often ferocious style has taken on his body. Stevens told a media conference call Thursday that his drive to improve every year has kept him going strong from his rookie season in 1982-83 until today at age 39.
"Obviously, staying in good shape and liking the game and enjoying the competition -- all those things are a factor," said Stevens, who is scheduled to tie Murphy on Tuesday night when the Devils play at the Kings. "I guess because I have always played a physical, rough game. I really don't know any better, so my body doesn't know any better. I don't know any other way, and I guess you just get used to it and you just go out year after year and keep playing."