It’s Friday and that means that we’re turning OilersNation into a poor man’s Buzzfeed with our latest countdown of the Top 5 saves in Oilers history as voted by you fine citizens. You will see that some of the saves in the video above are a series of saves as opposed to one single save. That wasn’t my call. That’s your call. As always, I excuse myself from any and all criticism when it comes to this list and I urge you to file your complaints with Chris the Intern.
5) FUHR AND RANFORD STILL HAVE IT
I love that these old boys made the list. The Heritage Classic was the start of a new era for outdoors games in the NHL and the old timers game that came beforehand showed that these old boys can still play. You’ve gotta love seeing Fuhr flash the leather on that right-handed glove, and Ranford kicking out pucks with pad stacks like he’s still starting in the 90s. This whole sequence of saves is magical and should definitely be included on our Top 5 list.
4) SCRIVENS GOES SUPERNOVA
Regardless of what you thought of Ben Scrivens’ 2014-15 season there was a time when the Professor was a hero in all of our hearts. On January 30th, 2014, Ben Scrivens set the record for the most saves in a regular season shutout. Despite the fact that this isn’t one lone save the combination of all 59 saves was worth mentioning in our list. The Oilers won that game even though they shouldn’t have and the only reason they won was because of Ben Scrivens. We salute you, Professor. This was a night we will never forget.
3) RANFORD BEING RANFORD
When we put out the call for you to vote for the Top 5 best saves in Oilers history a lot of you said “anything Ranford” and there were a lot of saves to choose from. We could have probably made a countdown from Ranford’s Conn Smyth winning playoff run alone, but there could only be one. This diving save shows Ranford at his best, and left the Blackhawks players shaking their heads. Was this the best Ranford save of all time? As Lowetide would say, your mileage may vary but Ranford supermanning that hoe is definitely a contender and should be on our list.
2) ROLI ROBS CHEECHOO
I was at this game and I still remember Rexall Place going absolutely berserk. This save would have been incredible in its own right, but when you add the fact that it happened in double overtime it just makes it that much more special. Dwayne Roloson locked himself in the hearts of Oilers fans everywhere during that 2006 Cup run and it was saves like this that made it happen. I can almost feel the “Roli” chant breaking out in my heart. One day we’ll get back there. One day.
1) CUJO ROBBERY
This save is legendary and the look on Joe Nieuwendyk’s face says it all. If it were not for this save we wouldn’t have seen Todd Marchant blow by Grant Ledyard and go roof daddy on Andy Moog. I would even go so far as to say that if it weren’t for Cujo’s brilliance throughout this entire series there is no way the Oilers would have advanced past the second round. Regardless, this glove save is pure larceny and deserves its place as the top save on our list.
Did we miss any obvious saves? Mess up the order? Just want to waste company time complaining before the weekend? Let us hear it in the comments! Be sure to watch out for next week’s vote on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages.