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Shutouts come in bunches for Kings' Scrivens

by Tal Pinchevsky

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens admits it's a cliché, but it's the truth. When it comes to his play, he takes things one game at a time, one save at a time.

With a shutout streak now extended to 155:02 following his 37-save, 1-0 shutout against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, the 27-year-old is in a zone.

It's not the first time that Scrivens has enjoyed this kind of run. In fact, it's the third time in less than four years that he has collected consecutive shutouts.

Ben Scrivens
Goalie - LAK
RECORD: 4-1-1
GAA: 1.24 | SVP: 0.955
Despite leading the NHL with three shutouts in five starts, he's not thinking about it, preferring to focus on his teammates.

"You guys always want to talk to the goalies, but there are big blocked shots, great clears on the penalty kill, big goals," Scrivens said. "It kind of [stinks], because we get all the credit for it. But they [shutouts] are team accomplishments."

It hasn't been that long since Scrivens enjoyed this kind of team accomplishment. In fact, it's been almost nine months exactly since he last posted consecutive shutouts. He last accomplished the feat on Feb. 16 and 18, 2013 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto traded Scrivens to Los Angeles last summer in the deal that sent Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs.

But, Scrivens' most impressive shutout streak came as a senior at Cornell University in the 2010 ECAC tournament.

Scrivens closed out the tournament title with three consecutive flawless performances -- first against Harvard in the quarterfinals, then against Brown in the semifinals and finally against Union in the championship game. That run gave the Alberta native a new school-record shutout streak. The previous record holder? Ben Scrivens.

Much like his most recent streak, Scrivens was short on words.

"We had a pretty good run in the ECACs my senior year," he said.


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