Before the game began, Ben Scrivens was wearing Johnny Bower’s No. 1 as part of the pre-game celebration of the 1963 Maple Leafs.
Late in the game, Scrivens went all Bower-like with an aggressive poke check to take away a goal-scoring chance.
And by the end of the game, Scrivens had his first career shutout — a 34-save performance in a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Which, incidentally, leaves him 32 shutouts behind Bower, tied for third all-time among Leafs.
“I was wearing his jersey,” said Scrivens, grinning after the game. “I could only look down and see the front. It felt a lot like my jersey. He’s a gracious human being, a great guy. He’s an idol you strive to be like. Not just for how he played but how he conducts himself off the ice.”
All the Leafs wore jerseys honouring that 1963 team on the 50th anniversary of their Cup win. Tyler Bozak, for example, wore Keon’s 14, James van Riemsdyk wore Frank Mahovlich’s 27 and Scrivens wore Bower’s No. 1.
Scrivens made a number of key saves throughout the game as Toronto beat the Ottawa Senators to jump two points ahead of their provincial rival in the Eastern Conference standings.
Ben Scrivens, Toronto Maple Leafs shut out Ottawa Senators at ACC
Toronto Star | Feb 17