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Big Ben: Scrivens sets NHL record with 59-save shutout over San Jose

Jan 30, 2014, 12:14 AM EDT

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On Wednesday night, Ben Scrivens was unbeatable.

The Edmonton goalie, acquired from Los Angeles two weeks ago, set an NHL record for saves in a regular-season shutout by stopping all 59 shots faced in a 3-0 win over San Jose at Rexall. The epic performance topped the previous record of 54 saves in a shutout, set by Phoenix goalie Mike Smith against Columbus during the 2011-12 campaign. (It should be noted this mark is the most in a shutout since the NHL began tracking shots on goal 56 years ago.)

“That’s got to be one of the best performances by a goalie I’ve ever seen,” Taylor Hall said, per the Oilers’ Twitter feed. “You could tell he was feeling it.”

Scrivens stopped 50 shots at even strength, eight while the Oilers were on the penalty kill and one while his team had a man advantage.

As for other historical marks set on Wednesday night:

— Scrivens’ 59 saves were the most since Quebec’s Ron Tugnutt made 70 saves in a 3-3 tie at Boston on March 21, 1991. Before that, the most saves by a goaltender was 58, made by the Islanders’ Dwayne Roloson in a 4-3 overtime win at Toronto during the 2009-10 campaign.

— Scrivens broke Edmonton’s franchise mark for saves in a game, previously held by Bill Ranford (who had 56 against the New York Rangers in Mar. 1993).

In news that flew far, far under the radar — but still worth mentioning — the Oilers won their third game in a row for just the second time this season on goals from Justin Schultz, Hall and Jordan Eberle. But obviously the night was all about Scrivens, who put forth a performance that will go down as one of the greatest individual efforts in Edmonton franchise history.

Update: Another point worth mentioning — the record for most saves in a postseason shutout is 70, set by Dominik Hasek during the ’94 playoffs. He stopped ’em all during a quadruple-OT game against the Devils, the third-longest scoreless overtime game in NHL playoff history.

  1. jhaegs - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Holy crap!
    Awesome game by Scrivens. The Kings could use a shutout right about now. Heck, that game should count as two shutouts!

    • blomfeld - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      we got one the other night against SJ you idiot …

      • lsky72 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        We could still use one right about now. Maybe 10 of them.

      • jhaegs - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        It was a joke. Kings are struggling and traded a goalie that just had a 59 save shutout. Calm your t¡ts and go post a video or something…

      • mgp1219 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        hey blomfeld…relax. I know your team sucks right now. it’s ok. they will get better, but you won’t you dolt. you are a bane to this site.

        what, no stupid video for this? awe, come on, man. you know how we all love your videos. you pathetic dimwit.

      • blomfeld - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Here ya go sweetie …

    • 950003cups - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      What’s with these LA Kings and developing goaltenders??? Scrivens didn’t do that in Toronto.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        I don’t like being redundant, cups; but, here’s what I wrote below:

        “Finally, props to Bill Ranford – the LA Kings’ goalie coach. He knows how to teach, and to make normal, every-day goalies spectacular (e.g., Bernier, too).”

        Ranford just keeps turning them out. Even though Jonesy, sorry, Martin Jones has put up some terrific numbers already, once he emerges from Ranford’s tutoring, he’ll only get better.

  2. shortsxit34 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    He earned that, too. You don’t give up 59 low-scoring chances from outside. He had to work for every one of those saves.

  3. charlieconway96 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Kings should’ve gotten more than a 3rd round pick in that trade.

    • paperlions - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Yeah, reminds me of the Blues trading Bishop for a 2nd. If they still had Bishop and had let go Elliot instead, there wouldn’t be any talk of trading for Miller.

      • charlieconway96 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        The way I see it, the Kings (and in your case Blues) traded a known commodity for an unknown. Scrivens was putting up pretty solid numbers in Quick’s absence and has proven himself a worthy back up as well as fairly reliable starter the last few years. What are the chances our third round pick ever sees NHL ice or if he does, makes a significant impact?

        At least we still have Martin Jones.

      • pfhockey - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        At least Yzerman made the Bishop trade that made up for the Lindback trade (2 2nd round picks and a 4th rounder, not to mention signing him).

  4. sjsharks86 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Props to the Professor, he put on a freakin’ clinic tonight

    • dtownbeatdown - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Sorry sir, the only professor I know is Igor Larionov.

      • pfhockey - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Scrivens is a Scholar.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        From a online article dated October 14, 2013.

        “Ben Scrivens is known for his intelligence, being given the nickname The Professor since joining the LA Kings this last offseason. Given his education from Cornell (and his choice in leisurely listening), it’s a fitting nickname, which makes his new mask in LA the same.

        Instead of going purely artistic with some cool or scary graphic, Scrivens has gone a bit more scholarly. His mask simply quotes William Shakespeare over its solid black design. One side of the mask quotes MacBeth while the other takes from King Lear. Yes, they were both kings.”

        I believe his Edmonton mask has Shakespeare quotes on it, too. Some writing, anyway. Maybe something like, “Hark! Get me a g*ddamn defense!”

  5. bhunter47 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    What a performance. The Oilers also blocked 22 shots, so the Sharks attempted 81 shots in the game, and couldn’t score.

    The overall record (including the postseason) belongs to Dominik Hasek in a 4-OT, 70 save shutout, but 59 in 3 periods is just absurd.

    • sjsharks86 - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:44 AM

      100 shot attempts, 59 saved, 22 blocked, 16 wide & 3 posts I think it was. This game was insane.

      • bhunter47 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Great point, I forgot about the posts and the wide shots. That’s a ridiculous number of shot attempts.

    • ray2013 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      I thought last night was a double-OT game. Lol

  6. btlpper68 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    People use “spectacular” loosely. I’ve watched Roy and fuhr but that was just …… 2 on 1, 3 on 1, slot chances, breakaways, one timers what I saw was just mind blowing. Sharks absolutely dominated. All hail Ben Scrivens

  7. govtminion - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Devan Dubynk is somewhere in Tennessee sobbing into his pillow right now.

  8. sjsharks66 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Major props! That is impressive!

  9. c9castine - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    this is incredible. this is the most ridiculous individual feat in the NHL by far since sam gagner’s 8 pts.


  10. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Scrivens really impressed me when he was in Toronto and beat the Flyers last season but that’s just ridiculous. I think it’s safe to say this is MacT’s best move so far. Plus I’ve seen enough of Bryz to know he’s not the answer on a team with iffy D.

    • btlpper68 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      Nobody is the answer to how you guys play d

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Totally agree (tho Mason has done plenty to bail his guys out), but the point is Edmonton’s D is about the same, if not worse. Which makes Scrivens performance all the more impressive.

  11. blomfeld - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:51 AM


    *** NHL’s Top Goalies as per The South China Morning Post ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Benjamin Scrivens
    4) Cory Schneider
    5) Henrik Lundqvist

    28) Wing Dong Wang
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Tim Thomas

    • cofran2004 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      Gotta say blomfeld, no idea who wing dong wang is. I just don’t get the reference.

      Unless it’s just funny oriental sounds…

      • blomfeld - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        GUNG HAY FAT CHOY !!! :)

    • mgp1219 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      another amazingly witty post by blomfeld. how do you do it, man?

  12. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    As a sharks fan, I’m not even mad. That was well earned. Probably the best goaltending performance I’ve ever seen, especially in the 2nd period. Not easy saves, the sharks had quality scoring chances.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:55 AM

      Seriously, what else can you do but tip your cap and hope like hell he doesn’t do that to you next time you play him?

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:29 AM

        Yea that’s exactly it, that’s the way I feel

  13. muckleflugga - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    the dreaded lights-out goalie

    sharks stockpiling goals … stockpiling points … stockpiling stock piles … steaming …

    lmao … poor todd

    oilers rule … scrivens rocks

  14. dubblelznhell - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    No kidding. 59 shots? Edmonton needs to brush up on their defense.

    • c9castine - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      yeah, the other side of the story. exactly how do you give up 59 shots. i mean i know the sharks get 40 shots on a lot of people but 59 is absurd.

  15. 950003cups - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    I just picked up Scrivens on my fantasy team. I’m never trading him!!!! Scrivens is the real deal!!!!!

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      You’ll probz regret that by next week. He’ll let a lot of goals in and lose a lot playing with that defense that just allowed 59 shots and over a 100 shot attempts.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:32 AM

        Credit to Scrivens not the Oilers

      • 950003cups - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Ooops. I didn’t think about WHY he had a 59 save shutout. I forgot that in order to do that, your defense has to allow 59 shots against. Hmmmm. Maybe now would be a good time to trade him. Damn oilers!! Gonna make me lose the CA$H PRIZE!! I’ll find a sucker to give me Quick or something like that.

  16. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:56 AM

    Incredible performance. The one record he didn’t get is held by WWII hero Sam LoPresti of the Blackhawks. In a game in 1941 he stopped 80, no typo, 80 Bruins shots. But no shutout as 3 others got past him and Chicago lost the game.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:20 AM

      But we don’t know if it was 80 tho do we. The NHL didn’t start recording the shot stat until the 60’s I believe

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Ethan, it seems unclear in exactly what context the NHL made use of the shots on goal statistics and when, but the league has long noted LoPresti’s record performance. It was included in the NHL published record books when I was a kid, along with Normie Smith facing 92 shots in the 6OT playoff game in 1936.

  17. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Interesting stats courtesy of Fear The

    The Sharks were just four shots shy of the all-time single-game regulation record since the NHL began tracking shots on goal.

    As it stands, the Sharks made it to the 50-shot mark for the fifth time this season. No other team has done that more than once.

    Ben Scrivens has now stopped 97 of 99 Sharks shots this season.

    In a little over 18 minutes of five-on-five ice time, David Perron was on for 21 San Jose shots and 1 Edmonton shot. Perron has been one of the Oilers’ best players this season but that’s ineptitude taken to another level.

  18. patthehockeyfan - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Unbelievable performance by Scrivens.

    The camera did one (of several) up-close shots of him during the game. Poor guy! Eyes wide, probably wondering where the hell was his defense.

    In his post-game interview, he still looked a little shell-shocked; but, gave credit to his teammates. What a mensch! (look it up before you give thumbs down)

    I don’t take pleasure in seeing any team lose. Well, maybe the Flyers; but, only when Ray Emery’s in goal. I’m relieved that the Sharks lost (and Vancouver, too) because of the LA Kings’ present standing. Third place in the Pacific Division is a battle, and the Sharks seem comfortably in second.

    Good game by the Sharks. Too bad they ran up against the terminator goalie.

    Finally, props to Bill Ranford – the LA Kings’ goalie coach. He knows how to teach, and to make normal, every-day goalies spectacular (e.g., Bernier, too).

    Great job by Scrivens!! Go, Oilers!

  19. cofran2004 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    I think the better takeaway here is that no one in edmonton plays defense. Sure sure, good job Scrivens and all that, but I’d worry about the supreme lack of defense.

    • purpleguy - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Exactly what I was thinking — Edmonton continues to have significant defensive shortcomings, yet all anyone talks about is the goalie.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Well, people certainly can’t talk about Edmonton’s defense now, can they? I mean, what’s the use of talking about something that’s not there?

  20. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Wow, this is an amazing accomplishment! Even moreso, when you remember he plays for Edmonton and the shutout was versus a good offensive team like SJ. Impressive!

  21. buddysguys - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    very impressive……now just do it with some consistency. Two good games in a row is something to work off of.

    • jhaegs - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      I’m not your buddy, guy!

      I’m not your guy, friend!

      I’m not your friend, buddy!

  22. mgp1219 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Awesome job, Ben! The Oilers need just what you can provide. Keep up the great work and the Oilers will flourish.

  23. jkaflagg - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Not just a great game, but barring a complete collapse the Professor probably earned himself a contract for next season with the Oil as well…..

    As far as the Kings making a mistake in trading him: unless Ben can score a few goals in addition to keeping them out, he wouldn’t help LA much right now….

  24. kastout11 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Great performance by Scrivens. That is a terrible defense in Edmonton. Too bad, he has to play this well just about every night for them to be competitive.

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