“That’s what we have a good goalie for, so it’s nice to see him come up big. The penalty kill at the end was huge. We’re not going to get picky about having some positive feelings in here.”
Scrivens, who set a record for most saves in a regular-season shutout with 59 against San Jose earlier this season, was all smiles after the game.
“It’s always fun to win in overtime,” he said. “I’m really happy for Oscar to get his first NHL goal, he should be very proud of that and for our captain to step up and bring it home, it was huge.”
Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said his team seemed to wake up late in the game after being “extraordinarily cautious” for the first two periods.
“I thought we played much better in the third, but for two periods I didn’t love how we were playing,” he said. “Our goalie was keeping us in it and we had the ability to finish when we did have a chance.”
Nick Bonino, Patrick Maroon and Mathieu Perreault scored for the Ducks, who had a two-game winning streak come to an end and missed out on an opportunity to move into a tie for first in the Pacific Division with the idle San Jose Sharks.
The Ducks remain one win short of tying their franchise record of 48 wins in a season, set in 2006-07 when they won the Stanley Cup.
“We let them hang around,” Maroon said. “We couldn’t find a way to keep going at them and they get that goal in overtime. We have to play hard for 60 minutes every night. We can’t just play 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. We had them. It was there.”
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau agreed that his team squandered what could have been a win.
“We had opportunities to win it and put it away and we didn’t,” he said. When you let a team back into a game, that happens and you are not going to get what you want. We certainly had our chances. We had pucks lying around in the crease, we were hitting posts and crossbars.