If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then Ben Scrivens may have helped send the entire San Jose Sharks team to the loony bin. The Edmonton Oilers goaltender set the record for most saves in a regular-season shutout when he stopped the Sharks 59 times en route to a 3-0 win.
After the game, the Oilers' official Twitter account reported that left winger Taylor Hall offered heavy praise for his teammate:
"That's got to be one of the best performances by a goalie I've ever seen... You could tell he was feeling it in the 1st." @hallsy04— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 30, 2014
Mike Kelly of NHL Network called it one of the best games he's ever seen from a goaltender:
Hard to put something in proper context immediately following but that performance by Scrivens was one of the best I've seen by a goalie— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) January 30, 2014
It goes without saying who earned the first star of the game. Edmonton's Vine account displays the scene:
However, the performance wasn't enough to save Scrivens from a little razzing from his teammates:
The previous record for most saves in a regular-season shutout was 54, set by Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes in April 2012 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Of course, the record for most saves is 80, set by Sam LoPresti in 1941 against the Boston Bruins.
This also marked the most saves in a game since Ron Tugnutt's 70-save performance in 1991.
Still, Scrivens has plenty to be proud about. If he never does another thing in his hockey career from here on out, he will have at least carved his name into the record book.
Now he's gone from afterthought to record-breaker.