A week after putting together an impressive four-game winning streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs have put together a two-game win streak behind the strong play of rookie goaltender Ben Scrivens. The young goalie recorded back-to-back shutouts against the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers this week as the Leafs improved to 10-6-0 on the season and second place in the Northeast Division.
Scrivens was stellar against the Panthers, turning aside all 37 shots he faced. The Maple Leafs penalty kill was a perfect three for three, and Scrivens diverted attention from himself after the game: “The guys did a great job killing penalties, blocking shots, making smart plays at both the offensive and defensive blue lines and letting me see the puck. So, much of the credit goes to them.” Wait, the guy’s not only talented but humble too? He should be a fan favorite in no time. Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur scored as the Toronto offense stayed hot as well.
The shutout against the Senators was the first of Scrivens’ career. He made 29 saves as Frazer McLaren, Tyler Bozak and John-Michael Liles scored in the 3-0 win. With James Reimer down with a knee injury Scrivens has become the go-to guy in Toronto and now boasts a 4-3-0 record with a 1.93 goals against average. The Maple Leafs recalled Jussi Rynnas from the AHL Toronto Marlies to back up Scrivens for the time being. Rynnas has an 8-8-1 record with the Marlies this season and appeared in his first two NHL games for Toronto last season.
The Maple Leafs face the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight as they try and keep their streak going. Scrivens will get the start in net, with Anders Lindback getting the call for the Lightning.