Former Reading Royals, and current Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens set an NHL record last night, making 59 saves in the Oilers’ 3-0 win against San Jose. The 59-save shutout over 60 minutes broke the NHL record previously held by Phoenix Coyotes goaltender, and former ECHL goaltender, Mike Smith, who made 54 saves in a 2-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2012.
“It’s one of those nights, it’s very fortunate,” Scrivens told NHL.com. “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 tonight. 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.”
Scrivens made 20 saves in the first period, 22 in the second period and 17 in the final period to record his fourth shutout of the season (first with Edmonton) and the sixth of his NHL career.
The 27-year-old started the season with the Los Angeles Kings before being traded to the Oilers on Jan. 15. Overall in 23 games this season, Scrivens is 9-7-4 with a 1.93 goals-against average, which ranks third in the NHL, and a save percentage of .937 which leads the league. He has appeared in 55 career games in the National Hockey League with Toronto, Los Angeles and Edmonton with a record of 20-21-6, a goals-against average of 2.47 and a .921 save percentage.
Scrivens appeared in 13 games with the Royals during the 2010-11 season posting a record of 10-3-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a save percentage of .938.