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Scrivens secures second straight shutout, foils Rangers

Nov 17, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings might just be OK with Ben Scrivens carrying the torch while Jonathan Quick is out indefinitely with a strained groin.

Scrivens, 27, notched his second shutout in a row (and third of the 2013-14 season) as the Kings blanked the New York Rangers 1-0 on Sunday. It wasn’t a cakewalk, either, as he stopped all 37 shots. That included 15 in the final frame.

He’s stopped an astounding 86 out of 88 shots since taking over for Quick in overtime on Nov. 12.

Scrivens managed to snag a win against a hot Rangers team that had won seven of their last nine games coming into tonight.

Surprising Scrivens

In some ways, it might all feel strangely familiar for Kings fans. Last season, a current Toronto Maple Leafs goalie saved the day when things were shaky for Quick. Now a former Maple Leafs backup is producing similar work … albeit early.

It’s worth noting that Scrivens has quietly been competent in his early hockey career. He put up nice numbers with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL and wasn’t half bad with the parent club, notching a mediocre .903 save percentage in 12 games in 2011-2 and a solid .915 mark in 20 games last season.

Perhaps he can produce some strong results behind a stronger Kings defense? He probably hopes so, as a sustained run of impressive production could mean a significant raise from the $550K cap hit that expires after this season.

  1. stakex - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Scrivens has played well, and he looked good tonight.

    However its getting a little old hearing how great a night all these goalies are having against the Rangers. I mean, the Rangers aren’t running into great goaltending every night… and eventually it has to be called like it is, they are making these goalies look good.

    • ron05342 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      37 shots and 15 of them coming in the final period is not pissing in the wind. The Rangers clearly challenged Scrivens and he was up to the challenge.

  2. namriverrat69 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    To my friend Mr. Jhaegs – Scrivens is the second coming of Quick. Sign Scrivens to a long term contract so we can lock him down long term., It is obvious goal tend circles around Quick.

    Mr. Stakex – the same was recently said about Nick Foles, in fact it is still being said. Big leagues is big leagues period. And yes you can keep your health plan and you can keep your doctor – period.

    Speaking of periods, I need to go to the store and pick up some tampons for my wife. late.

  3. 950003cups - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Scrivens kicked our butts too.

  4. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    He’s been lookin real solid. I don’t understand why people never saw he’s been a good goalie. Every time we played him he gave us trouble and now he gets to show the rest of the league that he deserves to be here. I think people are gonna start to realize how good he’s capable of being most times. Kings defensive style of play definitely doesn’t hurt either. I hope he keeps this up, I’ve always liked him

  5. patthehockeyfan - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Congratulations on a great couple of games, Scrivens! GKG!!!!!

    Now, where’s Blomfeld with his Led Zeppelin video? (Go ahead, folks. Thumbs away!)

  6. xdj511 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    It was a good game by Scrivens. He made the saves he needed to make, but the Rangers made it too easy. They had at least two open shots that they passed up, one was Zucc on a two on one and instead of shooting tried to pass the puck back and it got blocked by the defenseman. They also couldn’t capitalize on almost six continuous minutes of power plays including some 5 on 3 time. Henrik stood on his head most of the night and only got beat on a double deflection. AV is going to drill it into their heads at practice to put the puck on goal and hopefully it’ll payoff in Boston tomorrow night.

  7. hockeyfan763 - Nov 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Thought it was a great game overall. Henrik played equally as well with a fluke deflection off his own defenseman being the difference. Got a little sick of the Rangers announcers blowing the Kings all night, as if the Rangers had no chance. This game could have easily gone to OT at 0-0. No disrespect to the Kings, they are a good team.

  8. bleedrangerblue - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Yep joe and john loved the kings all night. They are Ranger fans!! Geez

  9. namriverrat69 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!

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