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EDMONTON, Alberta -- The San Jose Sharks were looking to get their offence rolling again after a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, but they ran into the wrong goaltender.

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens turned in a record-breaking performance for the ages Wednesday, stopping 59 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Sharks at Rexall Place.

The previous record for saves in a shutout in the expansion era was set by Mike Smith, who had 54 for the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2012.

Defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle scored for the Oilers.

The Oilers had not won three in a row since the middle of November.

The avalanche started early, with the Sharks up 11-2 on the shot clock before the game was six minutes old, and lasted all night.

The Oilers, despite being outshot 20-7 and serving a pair of minor penalties, took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a point shot from Schultz.

The second period was more of the same, with San Jose out-shooting Edmonton 22-9 for a two-period total of 42-16.

And still, it was 1-0 Oilers as Scrivens made brilliant save after brilliant save.

The Oilers finally provided some insurance for their netminder 6:30 into the third period when Hall scored his 19th goal of the season.

Eberle made it 3-0 on a power play with 90 seconds to play.

The Sharks were on a six-game winning streak before losing Monday, but are only 6-6 in their last 12 road games.

Oilers RW Matt Hendricks left the game in the second period with a head injury after his first period fight with San Jose LW Mike Brown. Hendricks returned for the second, but didn't play a shift and didn't come out for the third.

NOTES: Oilers D Andrew Ference sat out his third game in a row due to a head injury after colliding with one of the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. He expects to be back as early as Saturday's game in Boston ... Edmonton RW Ales Hemsky remains out of the lineup with a bone bruise in his ankle after being hit with a shot from teammate Luke Gazdic. Hemsky also expects to be back as early as the weekend. ... Oilers LW Taylor Hall's first-period assist extended his career-best point streak to six games. ... Injured Sharks LW Raffi Torres, out all season after having knee surgery, said he might be able to get in a game or two in before the Olympic break. ... C Logan Couture, who missed his 11th game due to a hand injury, said he is close to returning to San Jose's lineup. ... The Sharks are back at it Thursday in Calgary for their third game in four nights.

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