Ben Scrivens was as good as the Edmonton Oilers were bad.

On a night when anything less would have meant a crushing defeat, Scrivens turned in a goaltending performance for the ages Wednesday, stopping 59 shots in a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks that had everyone at Rexall Place shaking their heads with equal parts amazement and disbelief.

“He was unbelievable, he won us the game, obviously,” said defenceman Justin Schultz. “He was seeing everything, he was in front of everything. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

That’s because it’s never happened before in the history of the league. In addition to setting an Oilers record for saves in a game, he set an NHL record for saves in a shutout.

“That was the best goaltending performance I’ve ever seen,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “It was just an outstanding game.”

It was crazy. Insane. One of those games where you don’t even really believe what you’re seeing.

You looked at your neighbour and said, “This can’t last.” But it just kept lasting. Save after save after unbelievable save.

“Unbelievable, he stood on his head from the first minute,” said David Perron. “We couldn’t believe it. And it was pretty special for him to be able to do anything like that at this level, but even moreso in his hometown.