The Edmonton Oilers showed once again why Rexall Place has become a goalie graveyard this year.

In a building that has already claimed Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera, Richard Bachman and Ilya Bryzgalov, the Oilers spent most of Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders digging a hole for Goalie No. 5.

But But Scrivens was in no mood for a dirt nap, turning in a 34-save effort that helped the late-arriving Oilers get a win despite themselves.

“Goaltending is a big part of this game, sometimes you need it to help you win games,” said Sam Gagner, after Scrivens kept them alive long enough to get their heads out of their hockey pants and turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 overtime victory. “He played great in the first two periods.”

It was a disgraceful start - in front of Wayne Gretzky, no less. The Oilers were outshot 13-4 in the first period. They gave up a shorthanded goal and they went into the dressing room, trailing 2-0, to a chorous of boos.

Midway through the second the shots were 20-9 Islanders.

“We were turning pucks over, we were getting frustrated,” said Gagner. “We weren’t very happy with ourselves. We had a long talk between the second and the third. Coaches, players, everyone had something to say.”