This trip started in upstate New York, a cold goalie coming off the bench in overtime because of an injury to the starter and then staring down the barrel of a shootout. Fast-forward a few days and Ben Scrivens, the man who came in from the cold when Jonathan Quick was injured in Buffalo, became the hottest goalie in the NHL, winning three starts in four nights, including consecutive shutouts. Scrivens recorded his third shutout with an aggressive and often spectacular showing in the Kings' 1-0 victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday night, facing 37 shots. It featured a riveting goalie duel at Madison Square Garden with Henrik Lundqvist, who was victimized by his own defenseman's misfortune on the goal by forward Tyler Toffoli. The other day Scrivens joked about the kids, including Toffoli, providing a good "narrative" for reporters. You could say Scrivens is doing that job himself. He has not given up a goal since the second period of the Kings' victory against the New York Islanders when defenseman Aaron Ness scored at 4 minutes 58 seconds, a streak of 155 minutes 2 seconds. But he pointed out that it was unfair that the goalie gets all the credit for a team accomplishment. "It's hard to compartmentalize games because they're a living entity almost," said Scrivens, whose goals-against average was 0.66 on this trip, in which he was 3-0-1. "A play in the first can affect a play in the third and vice versa." He paused, adding: "Vice versa. Well, that wouldn't make any sense." Adding to the narrative was high drama when Rangers fans thought that Dominic Moore had tied it with 2:41 remaining. But it was almost immediately waved off and held up under video review because Moore made a distinct kicking motion with his right skate. "It was a good battle in front — tied up their stick. I guess all he had left was his feet to work with," Scrivens said.
Ben Scrivens, Kings hold off Rangers, 1-0
Los Angeles Times | Nov 18