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Oilers' Ben Scrivens posts NHL record 59-save shutout

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Ben Scrivens made NHL history with a 59-save shutout Wednesday. (USATSI)
Ben Scrivens made NHL history with a 59-save shutout Wednesday. (USATSI)

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Ben Scrivens has appeared in just four games as a member of the Edmonton Oilers since coming over in a stunning trade with the Los Angeles Kings earlier this month. And in that fourth appearance, which came Wednesday night, Scrivens made NHL history. The Spruce Grove, Alberta, native set an NHL record with 59 saves in shutting out the San Jose Sharks for a 3-0 regulation win.

He made 20 saves in the first period, 22 in the second and 17 in the third to set the record. The Oilers put only 27 shots on the San Jose net, less than half of San Jose's total, but it was enough because the Edmonton netminder was stopping literally everything.

This is how crazy this game was: The Sharks may have hit the net 59 times, but they actually attempted 100 shots in the game. Even though Scrivens didn't have to stop all those shots, he did see over half of them and was at least reacting to the other half, which either missed the net or were blocked. That's a ton of work.

This is an incredible accomplishment for a goaltender who has primarily been a backup in his brief NHL career. He hasn't even had time to get Oilers pads yet, still wearing his silver and black pads, gloves and mask.

According to Elliotte Friedman of CBC, the previous record for saves in a shutout in the expansion era was set by Mike Smith, who had 54. So this is just an incredible accomplishment that may take years to see again, if it ever happens at all.

Scrivens, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season, has been excellent this season and is likely making a case to be the Oilers permanent starting goaltender. Having a historic performance in your back pocket obviously doesn't hurt.

For the Oilers, they might want to take some time to work on defense, but before they do that, they better be lining up to buy Scrivens the beverage or steak of his choice for that kind of performance. Simply remarkable.

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