Edmonton Oilers' Ben Scrivens Delivers A Performance For The Ages

By Rick LaFitte
Ben Scrivens
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The Edmonton Oilers received a record-breaking performance from netminder Ben Scrivens in a 3-0 blanking of the visiting San Jose Sharks. Scrivens, who was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings earlier this month, turned aside a remarkable 59 shots to post his first shutout as an Oiler and his fourth of the 2013-14 campaign.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan says Scrivens could easily have been named the first, second and third stars of the game as he was that sensational. The Oilers are now riding a season-high three-game win streak, and they got the job done against the Sharks despite being outshot an outrageous 59-27. The Oilers’ offensive production came on goals from Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

The 59-save shutout effort from Scrivens was an Oilers franchise record for most saves, and broke the previous league mark for most saves to earn a regulation shutout. Oiler fans who have witnessed plenty of mediocre goaltending performances this season showed their appreciation by rewarding Scrivens with multiple standing ovations for his work.

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish had been hoping that the acquisition of Scrivens would solidify the goaltending situation as they gave up on the inconsistent Devan Dubnyk by shipping him off to the Nashville Predators. Scrivens has been exactly what the Oilers had been hoping for as he has carried over his strong play from his time in Los Angeles. In his last two victories, he has turned aside 93 of 94 shots. In four appearances for the Oilers, he has a 1.76 GAA and a stellar save percentage of .955.

During this current win streak, the Oilers have been getting not only strong goaltending, but solid offensive contributions from a number of their better players. Hall has recorded a goal and four assists, while Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have each registered four points apiece. David Perron continued his solid campaign with a hat trick in the victory over the Vancouver Canucks. He has a team-leading 22 goals on the season, which is also a career-high.

There haven’t been too many bright spots for head coach Dallas Eakins in his first year behind the bench as he has posted a 18-32-6 record. However, watching Scrivens’ effort against the Sharks had be one of the highlights of the season. Scrivens seems to be the real deal, but Eakins will no doubt be hoping to see his group do a much better job in the shots against department moving forward.

Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports

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