Thursday, January 30, 2014

Scrivens gives Oilers a record performance

From where I sit it looks like the Sharks might have sore arms after Ben Scrivens performed heroics...


100 shot attempts. That's one every 36 seconds or so. Yes, Scrivens made 59 saves, but that leaves 41 shots that were either blocked (22) or missed (19). It's an impressive feat in a couple of ways. Scrivens was in a shooting gallery, with only about 30 of those saves being difficult. Equally amazing were the Sharks refusing to back off. Even as the seconds ticked off the clock San Jose kept shooting. Edmonton fans have had precious little to really get excited about in the past few seasons. But, on Wednesday night there were repeated standing ovations for Scrivens. When even the opposition coach and players concede the performance was amazing, you know it's been a special night. Yes, the Oilers need to play better defensively, don't expect to win giving up 100 shot attempts every night. Sure, the offence has to do more to keep the puck at the other end of the ice. But, that doesn't matter at this point in time. Right now is a chance to marvel at a record setting performance.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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