The San Jose Sharks were shutout after a record breaking 59 saves by Edmonton Oiler’s goalie Ben Scrivens. Wednesday night in Edmonton marked an NHL record for saves made in regulation since the expansion era. This record was formerly held by Phoenix’s Mike Smith with 54 shots in November 2008.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan said he had never seen anything like it. “Probably the first, second and third star. If he wasn’t, he deserved it,” McLellan said. “Heck of a performance. In all my years in the league, I don’t know if I’ve seen that. Give him credit where credit is due. We attempted 100 shots on goal, that doesn’t happen very often.”
Despite the majority of the game being dominated by the Sharks, the Oilers scored first. Justin Schultz put the puck in net during the first period after a shot from the point. The game remaining 1-0 through the second period, Taylor Hall scored yet another for the Oilers in the third. And finally, in a badly timed penalty in the last two minutes of the game, Jordan Eberle managed a third goal, cementing the win for the Oilers.
After an offense-less game in Los Angeles a couple days prior, the Sharks were looking to better their game. And I’d say they did that. For the most part. Playing the majority of the game in the Edmonton zone, the Sharks were able to attempt 100 shots, with 59 headed to the net. There was a total of 20 shots on goal in the first period, 22 in the second, and 17 in the final period. However, the team couldn’t master the faceoff wins throughout the game.
“You run into a hot goalie and it’s tough, but it’s a good lesson for us,” said Patrick Marleau. “There are certain things you have to do to overcome that. I’m sure there’s going to be videos shown us thing we could have done differently.” Losing to a team who isn’t in the run for the playoffs can be tough. But as Marleau states, take the game as a learning experience and try to study ways to overcome situations like this if seen again in the future.
“Usually when you put 20 shots on goal in the first period you get one goal,” said Tommy Wingels. “We were saying get 20 more shots, get 20 more shots and you think that’s a recipe for success. Unfortunately tonight it wasn’t.”
The Sharks have one more game in Alberta against the Calgary Flames before playing four at home prior to the Olympic Break.
Take a look at all chances the Sharks had:
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