Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ben Scrivens Stops 48 Shots in Oilers 4-3 Overtime Win against Ducks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ben Scrivens Stops 48 Shots in Oilers 4-3 Overtime Win against Ducks

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Scrivens stops 48 shots in Oilers 4-3 OT win

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers might not be headed to another draft lottery if they'd had Ben Scrivens in net all season.

Scrivens stopped 48 shots and captain Andrew Ference scored in overtime as the Oilers pulled off a 4-3 upset of the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Ference intercepted the puck at centre ice with the teams playing three skaters aside in overtime and unleashed a bullet just across the blue-line that beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.

"Scrivens bailed us out a lot tonight, it wasn't a complete game by us," Ference said. "They had some really good chances, but they're a good team and they drove us back, especially that top line. That's what we have a good goalie for, so it's nice to see him come up big. The penalty kill at the end was huge. We're not going to get picky about having some positive feelings in here."

Sam Gagner, Jordan Eberle and Oscar Klefbom also scored for the second-last place Oilers (26-39-9), who snapped a three-game losing skid.

Scrivens, who set a record for most saves in a shutout with 59 against San Jose earlier this season, was all smiles after the game.

"It's always fun to win in overtime," he said. "I'm really happy for Oscar to get his first NHL goal, he should be very proud of that and for our captain to step up and bring it home, it was huge."

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said his team seemed to wake up late in the game after being "extraordinarily cautious" for the first two periods.

"I thought we played much better in the third, but for two periods I didn't love how we were playing," he said. "Our goalie was keeping us in it and we had the ability to finish when we did have a chance."

Nick Bonino, Patrick Maroon and Mathieu Perreault responded for the Ducks (47-18-8), who had a two-game winning streak come to an end and missed out on an opportunity to move into a tie for first in the Pacific Division with the idle San Jose Sharks. The Ducks remain one win short of tying their franchise record of 48 wins in a season, set in 2006-07 when they won their only Stanley Cup.

"We let them hang around," Maroon said. "We couldn't find a way to keep going at them and they get that goal in overtime. We have to play hard for 60 minutes every night. We can't just play 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. We had them. It was there."

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau agreed that his team squandered what should have been a win.

"We pissed away a point," he said. "We had opportunities to win it and put it away and we didn't. When you let a team back into a game, that happens and you are not going to get what you want. We certainly had our chances. We had pucks lying around in the crease, we were hitting posts and crossbars.

"(Scrivens) was pretty good tonight. Anytime you get over 50 shots on goal and you lose, you have to tip your hat a little bit to the goalie."

It didn't take Anaheim long to take a lead in the game, scoring just 35 seconds in, as Bonino converted a nice give-and-go with Ryan Getzlaf for his 19th goal of the season on the game's first shot. …

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