EDMONTON, Alberta -- Sharks coach Todd McLellan thought he had never seen a goaltending performance like that in his time in the NHL. He was right -- but neither had anyone else.
The Sharks had 59 shots on goal and put 100 pucks toward the Edmonton net but couldn't solve goalie Ben Scrivens, whose record-setting performance led to a 3-0 Oilers win on Wednesday.
Scrivens set an NHL regular-season record for saves made in regulation time without allowing a goal, a mark formerly held by Phoenix's Mike Smith, who saved 54 shots in a 2-0 win over Columbus in 2012. The Sharks' 59 shots broke the franchise record of 57 set in November 2008, and was the most allowed by the Oilers in their 34-year history in the NHL.
"Probably the first, second and third star. If he wasn't, he deserved it," McLellan said of Scrivens. "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."
Justin Schultz scored in the first period and Taylor Hall scored in the third for the Oilers, who won their third straight. Jordan Eberle capped the scoring for Edmonton with a power-play goal with 1:20 left in the third.
The Sharks had 20 shots in the first period and 22 in the second period, as the game was played in Edmonton's zone almost right from the start.
But despite two power plays and some glorious scoring chances -- most notably by Bracken Kearns, Patrick Marleau and Jason Demers -- the Sharks could not get anything past Scrivens as they started their two-game trip on a sour note. Between shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots by the Oilers, the Sharks put 100 pucks toward Scrivens but still were shut out for the second straight game.
The Oilers "begin to think that the goaltender is invincible, and he was," McLellan said. "He was superman tonight. He had the uniform on, and anything we shot at him, he stopped."
It wasn't the first time that Scrivens had played well against the Sharks. This season on Nov. 27, Scrivens made 38 saves for the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-2 San Jose win.
But this was special.
In the second, Scrivens, who was acquired from the Kings on Jan. 15 for a third-round pick in this year's draft, brought the Rexall Place crowd to its feet with glove saves on Kearns and Demers. Later in the second period, Scrivens stopped Marleau on a breakaway with a blocker save and again on a one-timer as Marleau took a pass from Brent Burns on a 2-on-1.
"It's one of those things. You run into a hot goalie, it's tough," Marleau said. "But it's a good lesson for us that there are certain things that you have to do to overcome that."
With 7:56 left in the third period and the Sharks on the power play, Scrivens stopped Tommy Wingels' wrist shot from point-blank range for what was then his 53rd save.
"It was one of those nights. I'm very fortunate. I owe the shot-keeper a beer," Scrivens said. "Every shutout you get is a team effort, and I know people roll their eyes at that, especially when the shots are a bit lopsided."
The Sharks dominated most of the first period, outshooting the Oilers 14-3 through the first 11 minutes.
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