January 30, 2014
Ben Scrivens Amazing Night
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens stopped all 59 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout of the San Jose Sharks on January 29th, 2014. In doing so he set a modern day record for most saves in a shutout in a regular season game.
An argument could be made that his night should rank as one of the greatest individual performances in NHL regular season history. The Sharks actually attempted 100 shots exactly. 22 shots were blocked and the other 19 missed the night.
The previous record for most saves in a regulation shutout was set back in 2008 when Florida's Craig Anderson stopped 53 shots to defeat the New York Islanders 1-0.
Interestingly, Anderson was an unproven entity back then but, after a long wait, finally got a chance to prove himself as one of the best in the game. Scrivens has bounced around quite a bit as he has tried to find his way in the NHL. Perhaps he will follow Anderson's path