Eddie Lack would make a wonderful storm-chaser. After all, he’s proving to be very effective dealing with Hurricanes. For the second time in just over a week, Lack backstopped the Vancouver Canucks to a win over the Carolina Hurricanes. This one was a shutout as the rookie backup stopped all 31 shots he faced in his Rogers Arena debut to lead the Canucks to a 2-0 victory. “Well, it is my first shutout in the NHL, so of course it’s a big deal and something that I am going to remember forever,” Lack said while proudly wearing the Canucks’ player-of-the-game Haida hat. Lack said he planned to call his father, Jan, who is a carpenter back home in Sweden and gets up very early to watch his son play. “Yeah, he’s probably crying at home there,” Lack said. “Since I came over three and half years ago he’s pretty much watched every game I have played. I’m sure he’s very happy at home and I think he’s a little bit tired, but it‘s going to be a pretty good day at work for him.” Lack is the first Canuck goalie to register a shutout in his home debut since Johan Hedberg did it way back on Oct. 11, 2003 when he beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. Lack looked poised and in control all night. He did a nice job of controlling his rebounds and when the Canes got a blue-chip scoring chance, he made the big save. His best may have come late in the second period when he robbed Patrick Dwyer on a rebound from in close. “It was my rebound so I kind of had to clean up my own mess,” Lack said. It seemed fitting that Lack’s best friend on the Canucks, defenceman Chris Tanev, scored what proved to be the winning goal early in the first period. “The guys did an unbelievable job and it was funny that Chris had the game-winner,” Lack said. Lack is now 4-2-0 this season and has yet to really play a bad game for the Canucks. For the fifth straight game, the Canucks opened scoring. Tanev put a wrist shot from just above the right faceoff circle past Carolina goalie Justin Peters at 3:35 of the first period for his second goal of the season. No one was happier than Tanev to see Lack get his shutout.
Eddie Lack, Canucks chase Hurricanes again
Vancouver Sun | Dec 10