Just when it looked the NHL Stadium Series game in Yankee Stadium was going to be the highlight of the night, Ben Scrivens showed up and stole the show.
Edmonton's goalie turned in one of the best goaltending performances of the season against the San Jose Sharks when he stopped all 59 shots he faced in a 3-0 win, flat out stealing a game for his team. His performance set an NHL record for most saves in a shutout, and he earned every single one of them.
Elsewhere in the NHL on Wednesday, the New York Rangers improved to 3-0 all time in outdoor games with their 2-1 win over the New York Islanders, while the Chicago Blackhawks snapped their four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
All the NHL Scores
Rangers 2, Islanders 1
Oilers 3, Sharks 0
Blackhawks 5, Canucks 2
On Wednesday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Will the Chicago Blackhawks end their four-game losing streak?
They did, thanks mostly to a four-goal offensive outburst in the second period that erased a two-goal deficit and it was all of the usual suspects providing the scoring: Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.
2. How will the Canucks bounce back after losing to Edmonton?
They certainly got off to a nice start by jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, but then the wheels fell off in the second period when they allowed Chicago to score four goals in 10 minutes on their way to a 5-2 loss. The Canucks have won just four of their past 15 games.
3. Will Joe Pavelski score for the Sharks?
No. Nobody scored for the Sharks. Maybe you've heard, but there was an unbelievable goaltending performance by the guy in the Edmonton crease. The really surprising thing out of this game is that Pavelski was the only Sharks player to not record a shot on goal. In a game his team had 59.
4. Will the Oilers keep it close against San Jose?
It shouldn't have been close, but sometimes your goalie gives you a chance and steals one you don't deserve. That's what happened for the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle found the back of the net for Edmonton in the win, but it's a minor miracle that Edmonton didn't give up a single goal in this one.
5. Will Ben Scrivens allow less than three goals?
He not only allowed zero goals, he set an NHL record, needing 59 saves to do it.
The one play or moment from Wednesday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
When you set an NHL record and play the way Scrivens did on Wednesday, you've earned the headlines. Forget the next couple of days, they will be talking about this game in Edmonton for years to come.
Stat of the Night
Not to make this all about Scrivens, but it's kind of hard not to. Not only did he stop 59 shots on Wednesday, he faced 20 shots in each of the first two periods, and then 17 shots in the third period. He played three entire games in Los Angeles this season where he faced 20 shots or fewer in an entire game. You're not playing for the Kings anymore, Ben.
Post to Post
- Why can't the Los Angeles Kings score?
- And speaking of the Kings, it's not quite time to panic about them yet. They are still very good at hockey.
- Solid performance, Ben.
- Martin Brodeur would be open to a trade if the New Jersey Devils would like to do that. Question: What other team in the league would want to make that trade at this point?
- Nice pass from Cal Clutterbuck in the Stadium Series game.
- The Islanders perspective on their first outdoor game.