Ben Scrivens.

Jonathan Willis
January 29 2014 11:06PM

 

Ben Scrivens. 

Need we say more?

Most Saves In A Shutout

This table via Hockey-Reference.com, which has all NHL data going back to 1987-88:

Rk Player Date Team Opp. Dec. Shots Saves
1 Ben Scrivens 1/29/2014 EDM SJS W 59 59
2 Mike Smith 4/3/2012 PHX CBJ W 54 54
3 Craig Anderson 3/2/2008 FLA NYI W 53 53
4 Curtis Joseph 12/10/1996 EDM DET T 52 52
5 Jonathan Quick 12/13/2010 LAK DET W 51 51
6 Martin Brodeur 1/12/2010 NJD NYR W 51 51
7 Glenn Healy 1/16/1990 NYI VAN W 51 51
8 James Reimer 2/4/2012 TOR OTT W 49 49
9 Niklas Backstrom 2/19/2012 MIN BOS W 48 48
10 Cam Ward 2/2/2012 CAR BOS W 47 47

The Oilers Defensive System

On second thought, let's not talk about that.

So Scrivens?

Yeah. That was something else. 

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Grant fuhr
January 30 2014, 01:38AM
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@Czar

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#52 2004Z06
January 30 2014, 08:11AM
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Jacques Strap wrote:

I may have miscounted but I believe the player we got back in the Horcoff trade was on the ice for about 950 SJ scoring chances tonight.

Let's not get too carried away. MacT saved a compliance buy out on that one. That is all. Larsen should probably be on the second or third pair in OKC.

Considering it was expected he would get nothing in return and still have to retain half of Horcoff's salary, I would say he did alright.

Now back to the point of the "article"....Nice work Scrivens!

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#53 YEGFan
January 29 2014, 11:44PM
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That game is probably going to net Scrivens an extra couple million a year.

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#54 Grant fuhr
January 30 2014, 12:09AM
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I wish I could remember that game in 84' it was a blizzard that night.

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#55 vetinari
January 30 2014, 06:27AM
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MacT better be taking Scrivens aside on this road trip and get him signed to an extension... he earned it last night. I can't help but wonder what the score would have been if Dubnyk or LaBarbara were still with the team and in net instead? A win is a win, but please guys, could we cap opposing teams to 30 shots or less for the night?

Scrivens! Scrivens! Scrivens!

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#56 Zarny
January 30 2014, 10:38AM
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Ben Scrivens...just awesome last night.

If Dubnyk letting in beach balls over the first 20 games was all bad coaching by Eakins (LMAO) I guess last night was a Jack Adams' performance.

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#57 Serious Gord
January 30 2014, 07:39AM
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While I hope Scrivens has had a come to Jesus moment and is now a solid starting goalie, I saw roman turek play, saw flames fans go bananas for him after 20 games of fantastic goaltending and saw Craig button (very nice guy) sign him to a huge contract that might be in the top ten for worst goalie signings ever and saw it cost him his job.

I fear that all of the above could happen with Scrivens except for MacT getting fired.

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#58 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 30 2014, 08:49AM
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I have to say that I was also very impressed with the Oilers' willingness to clear the crease after the whistle. Instead of seeing the Ladislav Smid Facewash™, I actually saw Belov and Petry knock a few Sharks on their asses. That's something I'm not used to seeing from this group.

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#59 Johnnydapunk
January 30 2014, 01:43PM
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I have to say that last night was one of the first times I clapped in front of the TV in years, I think Gagner's 8 point night was the last time.

Despite Scrivens seeming to downplay the whole thing in his interviews after the game, they showed him skating around the ice when he was the first star and it looked like it meant something to him, even if he was trying to hide it. He looked like he was gonna cry.

I have a sneaking suspicion that even if he gives the impression of not wanting to be here, inside he loves wearing the Oil jersey. And I don't care who you are, if you're a sports fan and you get the honour to wear your hometown jersey and play the game of your life, it means something to you. Last night, he was that "hero" he dreamt of being as a kid.

I'm only guessing of course, but that was the impression I got.

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#60 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
January 30 2014, 07:31AM
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Freddie Chabot played 32 NHL games in 17 years as a pro, bouncing between the AHL, IHL, NHL, and finally Europe prior to retirement.

As a goalie coach, he has worked with Hockey Canada, but then again, so has "6 rings".

We shall see.

In the mean time; Benny Scriv is a god among us mere mortals.

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#61 RexHolez
January 30 2014, 08:26AM
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Jacques Strap wrote:

I may have miscounted but I believe the player we got back in the Horcoff trade was on the ice for about 950 SJ scoring chances tonight.

Let's not get too carried away. MacT saved a compliance buy out on that one. That is all. Larsen should probably be on the second or third pair in OKC.

You were one of the guys last year that demanded Horcoff had to go. Now you dont like the return we got? In your perfect world where you're the GM, what would you have gotten back? (now remember, it takes two teams to make a trade)

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#62 Tikkanese
January 30 2014, 09:31AM
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I thought beating the Penguins was our "Stanley Cup" of this year. Ben Scrivens.

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#63 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 30 2014, 09:41AM
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Just heard this on the radio.

Two thirds of the planet is covered by water.........the rest is covered by Ben Scrivens!!!

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#64 Freewheeling Freddie
January 30 2014, 10:16AM
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Hey didn't another Oiler goalie come from Spruce Grove? I remember him being pretty good. Who would have thought a goalie factory would be so close to Edmonton? .oh yeah Calgary sucks.

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#65 27Ginge
January 30 2014, 03:11AM
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The most disgusting single human effort I've ever seen this team have since messier ala '84.

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#66 Mikey
January 30 2014, 07:58AM
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Sisyphus wrote:

Now the real question is....is Scrivens playing like the world's best goalie right now because he wants a new shiny contract next season SOMEWHERE ELSE? Or would he be willing to stay here?

He keeps putting up those performances, he'll have other offers. And I can't imagine he'd decide to stay in a city where he's going to have to face that many shots a night because the team in front of him can't even spell defense, let alone play it

As a goalie, I love playing for weaker teams and having to face that many shots. Nights like this are the best. It's easy to stay focused and not get bored. And when you do have an off night, it's hard to beat up on yourself because you can just say, well my team sucked tonight.

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#67 The Oilers Shot Clock
January 30 2014, 08:16AM
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What makes this one so special is the quality of scoring chances San Jose had. There was breakaways, guys alone in the slot and multiple uncleared rebounds in the same sequence. This is the second best performance I've ever seen. For me, Hasek and Brodeur taking shutouts into quadruple OT in the 94 playoffs will always be number one. This is a close second. This beats Richter in the last World Cup, and Hasek in Nagano. This was special.

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#68 oilerjed
January 30 2014, 08:35AM
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I cant believe he pulled that off. Every period I was sure that that something was going to bounce of a skate or something. And was it just me or were those posts EXTRA loud last night, that ringing is stuck in my ears. Lastly, at long last the oilers finally know what desperate hockey is all about!! They were getting owned for 60 minutes but totally sold out on effort to help out the goalie. Its not the playoffs but at least they now have the slightest bit of a clue the effort required to do great things.

SCRIVENS!!!!!!!

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#69 Hemmercules
January 30 2014, 09:43AM
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A-Mc wrote:

The Oilers defense picture was MONEY. lol. Made me Chuckle

That picture is hilarious, who needs goaltending and defense when you can just pile your whole team inside the net to prevent goals lol.

Hall and Ebs look like two guys that will do anything to win in that picture. Willing to take a puck in the face to prevent a goal. Thats some heart we havent seen much of this year.

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#70 judgedrude
January 30 2014, 01:54AM
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Enough with all crazy stats, it's hurting my mind!

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#71 billythebullet
January 30 2014, 08:30AM
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Amazing.

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#72 Mack Stong
January 30 2014, 10:04AM
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Rdubb wrote:

Sorry Johnathon, but that was a waste of my time...if you're not going to write an article, than don't toss out a few text's from Oiler players and call it an article. I'd say a good chunk of people most likely "follow" a few of the people above and already read them... By far, the worst article you've put your name to, the worst article I have ever read on this site, and perhaps the worst article this site has ever published...not good from a writer If you were to "busy" still clapping, you should have waited another 10-15 minutes before copying the texts and pasting them, thought a minute, and wrote an article worth reading...

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!

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You trying to break how many shots were sent Big Ben's way??

Wait one more thing……

BEN SCRIVENS……..

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#73 Jacques Strap
January 30 2014, 07:38AM
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Oil Vice wrote:

Plus MacT actually found a trade for Horcoff...that was thought to be impossible.

I may have miscounted but I believe the player we got back in the Horcoff trade was on the ice for about 950 SJ scoring chances tonight.

Let's not get too carried away. MacT saved a compliance buy out on that one. That is all. Larsen should probably be on the second or third pair in OKC.

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#74 Oil Vice
January 30 2014, 08:06AM
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Jacques Strap wrote:

I may have miscounted but I believe the player we got back in the Horcoff trade was on the ice for about 950 SJ scoring chances tonight.

Let's not get too carried away. MacT saved a compliance buy out on that one. That is all. Larsen should probably be on the second or third pair in OKC.

Your missing the point. i did not say we got any value back It was more addition by subtraction Larsen will not be resigned by the Oil.

Horcoff would kill about 951 of our scoring chances if he touched the puck so its still a win in my books.

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#75 NsxZero
January 30 2014, 08:10AM
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I just hope he ignores Chabot and does his own thing. Hell maybe even recommend his old goalie coach for the Oilers.

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#76 A-Mc
January 30 2014, 09:27AM
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The Oilers defense picture was MONEY. lol. Made me Chuckle

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#77 Tikkanese
January 30 2014, 11:22AM
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I can understand the "logic" of keeping Lowe around given his 6 rings, work with Team Canada, history with the team and so on.

What is the "logic" of having Chabot around? Or even behind the hiring in the first place?

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#78 Donnie
January 29 2014, 11:57PM
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potential flush wrote:

Hard to complain about Scrivens performance but as an Oilers fan I'll try my best. "How did he let those two shots go by him? Thank God they hit the post!" Now I shall continue building my Scrivens shrine. Excuse me. :)

Fack off and go kiss your boyfriend.

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#79 Drowning in Oil
January 30 2014, 12:38AM
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I guess it all comes down to Scrivens signing on the dotted line. It'll be Mac T vs. Mrs. Scrivens. Wonder who wins that battle!!

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#80 pelhem grenville
January 30 2014, 04:38AM
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~...it all makes sense with backups Hall and Eberle in net...without them he could never have achieved this feat...~

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#81 Sisyphus
January 30 2014, 05:58AM
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Now the real question is....is Scrivens playing like the world's best goalie right now because he wants a new shiny contract next season SOMEWHERE ELSE? Or would he be willing to stay here?

He keeps putting up those performances, he'll have other offers. And I can't imagine he'd decide to stay in a city where he's going to have to face that many shots a night because the team in front of him can't even spell defense, let alone play it

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#82 hankthetank
January 30 2014, 09:37AM
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Eakins is giving the professor the start in Bos. Can't wait to see what the follow up to this is.

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#83 dave
January 30 2014, 09:52AM
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Great little read- good to hear how the other players saw it. Thanks for sharing this post

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#84 tileguy
January 30 2014, 10:02AM
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Interesting stats courtesy of Fear The Fin.com-

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.

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#85 pkam
January 30 2014, 10:40AM
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Tikkanese wrote:

I remember Ron Tugnutt having a 70 saves on 71 shots night against the Bruins, including 20 shots from Ray Bourque. Not sure how 63 saves is the record.

Where is your 63 saves coming from?

59 saves is the new record for regulation shutout.

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#86 Mike Krushelnyski
January 30 2014, 12:09AM
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mlselli wrote:

Hopefully MacT hit another home run with signing Ben Scrivens. What a show he put on tonight tonight at home. He is bringing hope to the team. Go Oilers.

Craig MacTavish has zero career home runs so idk what your talking about

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#87 Randy Carlyle
January 30 2014, 01:22AM
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HEY! You stole our strategy!!!!! D: We will get you back..don't worry MUHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAH **cough cough*****

Sincerely Randy Carlyle

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#88 Larry
January 30 2014, 01:46AM
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Grant fuhr wrote:

Coke with my rye , coke with my hookers

What do Grant Fuhr, Mikka Kiprusoff and Kirk McLean have in common?

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#89 tileguy
January 30 2014, 09:36AM
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How is #23, it would be a blow for the team building process if he is hurt bad.

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#90 Rdubb
January 30 2014, 05:32AM
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Sorry Johnathon, but that was a waste of my time...if you're not going to write an article, than don't toss out a few text's from Oiler players and call it an article. I'd say a good chunk of people most likely "follow" a few of the people above and already read them... By far, the worst article you've put your name to, the worst article I have ever read on this site, and perhaps the worst article this site has ever published...not good from a writer If you were to "busy" still clapping, you should have waited another 10-15 minutes before copying the texts and pasting them, thought a minute, and wrote an article worth reading...

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#91 outdoorzguy
January 30 2014, 08:01AM
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Is last nights performance enough to get him a second straight start? Or will the powers that be drag ups more stupid statistics saying its not good to give a shut out goalie a start within 3 days after flying to Boston!! This guy should start every remaining game. Let him feel wanted here in Edmonton despite the lunacy of the team management. He has to be thrown a bone!!

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#92 Freewheeling Fredie
January 30 2014, 10:04AM
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See what a real goalie coach can teach. I would have to think Billy Ranford knows a thing or two more about goaltending than Freddy Chabot. Scrivens doesn't flop all over the ice, he is square to the shooter unlike the previous goalie we had here. That folks is what a real goalie coach can teach. We need some D badly and not Brian Campbell.

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#93 kgo
January 30 2014, 07:20AM
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RexHolez wrote:

You're on a blogging site looking for legit articles?

He's probably one of the shuntty dinosaur EJ writers

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#94 hankthetank
January 30 2014, 09:38AM
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tileguy wrote:

How is #23, it would be a blow for the team building process if he is hurt bad.

No doubt. I hope Hendo is Ok.

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#95 Sevenseven
January 30 2014, 10:07AM
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Jennifer Hiel get your name down from Ben Scrivens road immediately!! Your gold medal performance might as well be a participant ribbon compared to his best in the universe showing.

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#96 pkam
January 30 2014, 10:09AM
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tileguy wrote:

Interesting stats courtesy of Fear The Fin.com-

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.

Don't just pick on Perron. That 2nd line were terrible last night. But they were gold 2 night ago against the Canucks.

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#97 Freewheeling Freddie
January 30 2014, 10:26AM
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pkam wrote:

Don't forget Cam Ward is from Sherwood Park. Unfortunately, he is the Com Smythe winner who beat us in 2006 cup final.

Ward and Scrivens .Hmmm could be a tandem next year

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#98 Tikkanese
January 30 2014, 10:31AM
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tileguy wrote:

Interesting stats courtesy of Fear The Fin.com-

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.

I remember Ron Tugnutt having a 70 saves on 71 shots night against the Bruins, including 20 shots from Ray Bourque. Not sure how 63 saves is the record.

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#99 ryan
January 30 2014, 12:34PM
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I burst out laughing when i saw that defensive system picture and comment. Thanks for that

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#100 Joy S. Lee
January 30 2014, 03:17PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

While I hope Scrivens has had a come to Jesus moment and is now a solid starting goalie, I saw roman turek play, saw flames fans go bananas for him after 20 games of fantastic goaltending and saw Craig button (very nice guy) sign him to a huge contract that might be in the top ten for worst goalie signings ever and saw it cost him his job.

I fear that all of the above could happen with Scrivens except for MacT getting fired.

Difference is, Scrivens is an all-out battler, competitive, and relentless in his approach to save everything. He doesn't give up. That's the type of guy you DO give a contract to.

Let me ask you this: what elements has this team been short on for years? Battling and Competing? And, if we find a goalie with the personality that fits that mold, do you suppose that personality might begin to rub off on the team?

Yeah, sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture. Not only is the guy FROM here, but I'm thinking maybe he BELONGS here. He may even be seen as the piece to the puzzle that finally elevates the group where it belongs, or at least starts the ascension.

Yes, he's not going to stop everything every night, especially with the awful D-zone coverage this team is capable of, but what an awesome display of determination and focus. It's a big picture game, and those who see it - like MacT - know far better what they're doing than those who choose to see all of the negatives. I'd sure sign the guy. He's only 27, he's still in the development mode, he's intelligent, he's local, and he's a team guy. 'Nuff said. It shouldn't take ridiculous money, either.

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