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BLOG: Goalie play bolsters team confidence

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers are on a three-game winning streak and a lot of it is due to the play of the goaltending tandem of Ben Scrivens and Ilya Bryzgalov.

Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins said the team plays better when the goalies are hot, and Scrivens was on fire in this game.

“Yeah, I think it does,” said Eakins. “I think when your goalies have played like our guys have the last few games, it gives your team confidence… When the team and the players have great, great confidence in their goalie, I think they can push the envelope a little bit more knowing they’re going to get that save.

"Obviously, with Ben coming in and being new here, that performance obviously gives our players a real good feel for what kind of guy he is. He’s in that net stopping pucks and every timeout, he was coming back to the bench, encouraging guys, giving reminders and everything. He was not only just stopping the pucks, he was great with his teammates along the way.”

Scrivens broke franchise and NHL records with his 59 save performance in Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over San Jose. He earned the opportunity to continue his success.

“Well obviously tonight, after that performance, you’ve got to give it a long look and think about it and we’ve got some time to do that," Eakins said of reviewing the goaltending schedule. "He’s not going to do that every night obviously, but it certainly earns him the next game.”

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