Edmonton’s Ben Scrivens had a record-setting performance last night, stoning the San Jose Sharks with a 59-save masterpiece and giving the Oilers hope for next season.
On any given night, one of the best teams in the NHL can fall to one of the worst. San Jose found that out when the Sharks ran into new Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, who helped Edmonton to a 3-0 victory thanks to an incredible 59 saves, including a couple gems here on Patrick Marleau.
Scrivens set a couple records with his performance. The 59 stops were the most by an Oilers goalie ever, eclipsing Bill Ranford’s 56 saves in a game back in 1993, while Scrivens also netted the NHL record for stops in a shutout, previously held by the Coyotes’ Mike Smith (54 back in 2012).
When the Oilers traded for Scrivens the same day Devan Dubnyk was dealt to Nashville, a definite shift in strategy was being made by the front office. And while Edmonton is still a bottom-feeder in the NHL, Scrivens is once again proving himself as an underdog that needs to be respected by opponents.
An unrestricted free agent this summer, Scrivens will be a hot commodity if he keeps his recent work up and the Oilers will likely want to reward him with a contract as soon as possible.