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Scrivens stops 59 shots as Oilers blank Sharks

Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Scrivens stopped all 59 shots he faced to set an NHL record for saves in a regular-season shutout, as the Edmonton Oilers claimed a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday at Rexall Place.

Making just his fourth start with Edmonton, the 27-year-old Scrivens topped the previous record set by Mike Smith on April 4, 2012, when he stopped 54 shots for the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-0 win over Columbus.

"That's why you ride the bike, train and take care of your body," Scrivens said of facing so many shots.

Taylor Hall tallied a goal and two assists, Jordan Eberle added a goal and a helper, and Justin Schultz also lit the lamp for Edmonton, which has won three straight on the heels of a six-game slide.

"That's got to be one of the best performances by a goalie I've ever seen," Hall said of Scrivens. "You could tell he was feeling it in the first (period)."

Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 27 shots for the Sharks, who have dropped two straight.

Schultz gave Scrivens the only support he would need 10:51 into the first period, as his low shot from the right point slipped through a screen and past Niemi for a 1-0 lead.

Scrivens stopped 20 shots in the first and turned aside 22 more during a scoreless second stanza before the Oilers added two more goals in the third to create some breathing room.

Hall doubled Edmonton's edge just over six minutes into the final frame when he capped a 2-on-1 rush with a left circle wrister that made it 2-0 at 6:10.

San Jose's Dan Boyle went off for high sticking at 17:51 and Eberle buried a rebound from in front just under a minute into the man advantage to account for the final margin.

Scrivens stopped 17 shots over the final 20 minutes to finish off his sixth career shutout, fourth of the season, and first as an Oiler.

"Hats off to the goaltender," San Jose head coach Todd McLellan said of Scrivens. "In all my years in the league, I don't know if I've seen that so give him credit where credit's due."

Game Notes

Scrivens was acquired by Edmonton from Los Angeles on Jan. 15 in exchange for a third-round pick ... Eberle recorded the 200th and 201st points of his career ... Hall extended his point streak to a career-high six games ... Niemi dropped to 7-1-1 lifetime against Edmonton ... The Oilers snapped a six-game skid against San Jose.

01/30 01:37:20 ET

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x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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