Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – Ben Scrivens stopped all 59 shots by the San Jose Sharks as the Edmonton Oilers posted a 3-0 shutout Wednesday at Rexall Place.
It’s the most saves by a goalie in a regular-season shutout in the expansion era, eclipsing the previous record of 54 saves by the Phoenix Coyotes’ Mike Smith on April 3, 2012.
The 59 saves also are the most allowed by the Oilers in franchise history; the previous mark was 53 allowed in a game against the New York Rangers on March 17, 1993.
“Obviously San Jose is an extremely talented hockey club. They’re notorious for their fast starts, so we knew we were going to have to weather the storm early, which we did, and we were able to carry that on through,” said Scrivens Thursday during an interview with NHL Live.
The Sharks entered the night averaging 2.96 goals per game, have two of the top 16 goal-scorers in the League and have three players ranked among the top 21 in points.
Scrivens made 20 saves in the first period, 22 in the second and 17 in the third.
Only two other goalie shutouts had more saves than Scrivens and both were in Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Buffalo Sabres’ Dominik Hasek made 70 saves in a four-overtime 1-0 win against the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche made 63 saves in a triple-overtime 1-0 win against the Florida Panthers in the Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.