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Leafs’ Scrivens posts another shutout

Feb 18, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

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Ben Scrivens now has back-to-back shutouts for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and has gone 142 minutes and 21 seconds since last allowing a goal.

On Monday, Scrivens turned aside all 37 shots he faced as the surging Leafs defeated the struggling Florida Panthers 3-0.

“You try to play each puck honestly,” Scrivens told the Toronto Sun prior to Monday’s game.

“Some days it’s easy and some days you have to work at it. Trying to be a clairvoyant and trying to predict what is going to happen is not conducive to a good game.”

Nazem Kadri, the Leafs 22-year-old center who was a highly touted seventh overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, is beginning to show signs at the big league level of why Toronto was so high on him coming out of junior hockey.

He scored once and added an assist against Florida and now has five points in his four games. He also leads the Leafs in scoring.

  1. z561 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Lets go Panthers! Doing a great job not winnin’ for Mackinnon! It’s not easy getting shut out by Ben Scribbles and the Lottery Leafs but you guys made it look simple (difficult?).

    • 19to77 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Dude. 37 shots. You can’t act like they weren’t trying. Scrivens and the Leafs had to earn that shutout, and it wasn’t easy. I know the Panthers aren’t a good team this year, but they played hard tonight. The Leafs just played harder.

      Oh, yeah, and the Leafs look great this year. Frattin, JVR, Kadri, Bozak, relative newcomer Kostka, Liles, Reimer, now Scrivens – basically everyone who isn’t Phil Kessel is rocking it right now.

      • tatdue - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        There’s nothing wrong with Kessel either….The guy has 12 points in 16 games and he’s a +5 player. That’s looking pretty good to me. He’s a big reason why his line is producing….

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    I gotta say coming into this season I didn’t think very much of Scrivens (and I’m sure I’m not alone). But he has been extremely impressive. When Reimer got hurt against the Flyers I thought for sure it would open the door for a few Flyers goals. Obviously that didn’t happen. But aside from the Flyers ineptitude in that game, Scrivens was an impenetrable wall. There were several sure fire goals that he stopped (and made it look easy) and he’s not skipped a beat since then. Could it be that the Reimer-Scrivens combo is good enough to carry Toronto? Before the season the general consensus would be “hell no” but it’s looking possible. Right now it’s up to health for Reimer and consistency for Scrivens if either one wants to be the next CUJO or Potvin.

  3. challer9 - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    After watching a few Leafs games this year, I actually think Brian Burke did a pretty good job putting the team together. Besides, it’s not like they were perennial Cup contenders before he got there…

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