59 Saves: The Commonality of Scrivens' Performance

Derek Leung

The Oilers had another goaltender recently make 59 saves in a row. More, in fact.

Eric T noted that the truly incredible performance against the Sharks wasn't Ben Scrivens' 59 saves:

Ben Scrivens stopped all 59 shots he faced on Wednesday, and that's amazing. But the fact that he faced 59 shots at all is significantly more shocking than the fact that he stopped them all.

Eric went back and reviewed other similar performances:

Over this period, 74 players had back-to-back shutouts that totaled at least 59 shots. It's a list that includes elites like Fredrik Norrena and Michael Garnett.

And even that dramatically undersells how common this is.

While Scrivens does have a piece of history, the commonality piqued my interest, so I took a look at the much-maligned Devan Dubnyk to see if he had any similar performances in his time in Edmonton.  Here's what I found:

Dubnyk made 66 straight saves from March 25 - April 1, 2013
Dubnyk made 56 straight saves from April 2 - 8, 2011.
Dubnyk made 52 straight saves from Feb 21 - 25, 2012.
Dubynk made 52 straight saves from March 15 - 17, 2013.

The game will be celebrated as part of Edmonton lore for years to come, but as always with goaltenders: random things happen.  It's alchemy.

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