In the middle of a miserable season, a raging inferno of bad badder baddest, Spruce Grove’s newly famous son delivered the impossible. A giant performance from the new hire, a shameful one from the old ones, this unlikely bunch of ragtags became part of history—thanks to the most brilliant goaltending performance of the expansion era.
What will he do for an encore? Look out, Boston!
- Dallas Eakins: “That’s how I thought our skaters were playing the game; they were watching Ben play. It was an incredible thing to watch, I’ve never seen that before. I’m so happy for Ben and proud of him and then you’re mad at the same time.”
- Todd McLellan: “Hats off to the goaltender, he was tremendous,”Probably first, second and third star. If he wasn’t he deserved it. Heck of a performance. In all my years in the league I don’t think I’ve seen that. We attempted 100 shots on goal, that doesn’t happen very often.”
DICKALL AT REXALL
Samwise looked like roadkill by eye and by number, he was saved once by the young Russian on a play against Joe Thornton. I think credit is due San Jose here, they are a wonderful team, but if you want to watch a video of what makes the Oilers the Oilers, hootchie mama this is the one. Bad breakout passes, passes to nowhere, lack of battle, lack of effort, it was the Gong show 2.0 all night long.
Hall won some battles and Nuge did too, and I also know Gordon and Jones worked like buggers. Belov was physical, Marincin did some effective things along with the chaos but this game came at them in waves. It’s a wonder their uniforms stayed on, what with all that was sailing by them.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Parkatti tells more about the horror story here. Jonathan Willis had a brilliant post up over at CofH (I can’t link from this computer but you know where to find it) and of course we’ll be talking about the performance a lot today on the LDWLT show. Question: where does this rank in terms of all-time Oiler performances by a goalie? I’d rank Fuhr’s 1-0 against the Islanders, Ranford’s brilliance in 1990 (take your pick, he stoned Winnipeg) and then Roloson v. Sharks 2006 as the top ones, and for me Scrivens v Sharks 2014 is in that realm.
HALL IN SCORING RACE
Taylor Hall finished 9th last season in scoring, it looks like he’s roaring to another solid finish. The corgi’s have abandoned him and the hellhounds are barking at his heels, but Hall is tracking points like a revved up pac-man on speed. How high can he fly? He’ll reach the sky.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Not quite all Scrivens all-the-time, but it’ll be the subject of conversation quite a bit this morning. Wow. Scheduled to appear:
- Alan Hull from Copper and Blue. Scrivens, the chaos in front of him, and how many should they throw from the train?
- Lindsay Bax from MacEwan Athletics. They’re going to “white out” the gym tomorrow night to celebrate a stunning season for the Griffins. We’ll talk about a season of champions at MacEwan.
- Richard Cloutier from Puck Rant. We’ll talk about the trade deadline, and figure out what the Oilers will do with Hemsky.
- Guy Flaming, Pipeline Show. Guy knows the NCAA extremely well, we’ll talk Ben Scrivens and I’ll ask him about the next Ben Scrivens in the NCAA—and the spring free agents.
10-1260 on text, @Lowetide_ twitter. Stay tuned! We’re going to take 100 shots!