Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens sets NHL record with 59 saves, here’s all of them (video)
Edmonton Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens had a night for the ages on Wednesday night, stopping all 59 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks.
The 59 saves are the most ever made by a goalie in a regular season shutout in the expansion era and broke the previous record of 54 set by by Phoenix Coyotes’ Mike Smith on April 3, 2012. Only two other times in NHL history were more saves made by a goalie, and those were in Stanley Cup Playoff games in multiple-overtime marathons. That means Scrivens made a crap-ton of saves over a much shorter span of game time.
It was only Scrivens’ fourth game with the team after being traded by the Los Angeles Kings to the Oilers earlier this month.
Scrivens was just as shocked as anyone about his masterful performance between the pipes, as he admitted after the game that he didn’t have a good feeling about how he would play after having a shaky warmup session (via NHL.com):
“I had an awful, awful warm-up,” Scrivens said. “It was an inauspicious start to it. It’s one of those things where you try not to look at the forest while you’re in the trees. You try to focus on the process and give yourself a chance to make that save, and when the puck drops again you try to focus on the next one and don’t try to get too far ahead of yourself.”
Asked to explain the impressive feat of goaltending skill, Scrivens chalked it up to it being beyond one’s control. Things like these just happen, but also made sure to credit the defense played in front of him throughout the night.
“It’s one of those nights. It’s very fortunate,” Scrivens said after the game. “I owe the shot-keeper a beer, I think. Every shutout you get is a team effort, and I know people roll their eyes at that, especially when shots are a bit lopsided like [Wednesday]. But [defenseman] Nick Schultz blocks a shot with five or six minutes left and you know that shot is going in the net. I could tell that puck was going in. That’s a huge block, and you don’t get a shutout without a lot of help in front.”
Below is a video of what I believe to be a supercut of all of Scrivens’ 59 saves. I cannot guarantee that all of them are included as I was left in such awe by Scrivens’ performance I lost count multiple times while watching the nearly seven-minute video. Enjoy.
Wow, I got tired and my nerves were left frazzled just from watching that video. Amazing.