With starting goaltender James Reimer (strained knee) out of the lineup for about a week or so, backup Ben Scrivens will have to step up for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Recently, he has done that and then some.
Ever since filling in for Reimer during a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, Scrivens has been dialed in. During that contest, he stopped 32 of the 33 shots fired his way. In the two contests after that game, Scrivens has made at least 30 saves in both, including his first career shutout against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Scrivens stopped all 34 shots against him in the contest. He likes the thought of shutting teams out, but understands it’s a team accomplishment as well.
“Yeah, feels good,” Scrivens said. “Mostly, it’s gratitude for the guys playing well in front of me. Any goalie will tell you a shutout is a team stat and the guys definitely helped me out big-time tonight. They let me see the puck, and they cleared away second chances, so much of the credit goes to them.”
Scrivens is giving the Leafs a chance to win night in and night out, stopping 96 of the 100 shots he has faced since filling in for Reimer. Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle believes the great play of Scrivens has been huge for his hockey club.
“He stood in the net, he stood tall, he made some big stops, was good in position, he battled hard,” Carlyle explained. “Specifically in the third, I thought he was better than the first two periods because I thought they went to the net harder and involved four man in the rush a lot more times.”
“He was able to see the pucks and [there was] a big penalty kill at the end. All those things are things you have to have to win hockey games.”
Adam Pfeifer is a Senior Columnist covering the NHL for Rant Sports.
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