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Coach Eakins happy for Scrivens, ‘mad’ at Oilers

Jan 31, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Head coach Dallas Eakins of the Edmonton Oilers during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on December 31, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins likes to tell his players that it takes a whole team to win a hockey game. As far as he’s concerned, their 3-0 victory against San Jose on Wednesday was in defiance of that.

Goaltender Ben Scrivens couldn’t have been a bigger factor in that contest. He made a record-breaking 59 saves to earn the shutout.

Eakins couldn’t help but take some time to admire what Scrivens was doing. The problem is that he wasn’t the only one.

“That’s how I thought our skaters were playing the game — they were watching Ben,” Eakins told the Edmonton Journal. “I’m so happy and proud of him, and then you’re mad at the same time.

“(It was an) incredible thing to watch. I’ve never seen it before and, boy, hopefully I don’t have to see that again.”

Eakins felt the Sharks overwhelmed them, as the shot total obviously suggests. He added that the Oilers were playing a cautious game and they can’t expect to get away with that under normal circumstances.

The Oilers have won three straight games, but at this point it’s really about laying the groundwork for the future. They have a 18-32-6 record and next to no chance of making the playoffs.

  1. stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I’m sure Sam Reinhart will push them over the top. Just one skill guy away.

    • thomasvanek - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Why in the world would they want another forward at this point?

      • pfhockey - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Don’t worry, they’ll probably try him out at defense. lol

  2. lowenni - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    It was a fantastic performance by Scrivens, but as Eakins noted, it just shouldn’t have happened. Allowing 60 shots ON GOAL is just unacceptable.

    • hallforpresident - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      59 shots! We’re bad but not that bad… Lol

  3. bencia823 - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I have a strong feeling that the oilers will be making a trade in the next month that involves sending a skill guy to pittsburgh (Hemsky/Gagner) in exchange for one of their top AHL defensemen (Despres/Dumolin)

    • miketoasty - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Not sure why you’re getting downvoted for this, the Pens need wingers and the Oilers need defense. It works out perfectly for both teams.

  4. linkriver1978 - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    And what about Eakins and the coaching staff, are they on the team? When are they going to step up and be accountable? Somebody should ask Eakins point blank on camera if he thinks he’s done a good job. I think clearly the answer is NO!

  5. canada2014gold - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I bet they take Ekblad or whatever. With Nurse, Klefborne and him there D will start to take shape. All they need to do is go after some two way forwards and they will take a step forward.

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