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Vancouver Canucks win their 5th game in a row
Rookie Eddie Lack, Vancouver’s backup goaltender, made 31 saves in his first NHL shutout and the host Canucks beat Carolina 2-0. The Canucks have won five games in a row.
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Eddie Lack made 31 saves in his first NHL shutout, and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Monday night.
The Canucks (18-10-5) have won five games in a row.
With No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo getting the night off, rookie Lack earned his fourth victory of the season in his first appearance at Rogers Arena.
Lack has a 4-2 record.
Christopher Tanev and Jannik Hansen, into an empty net, scored for Vancouver.
Chris Higgins had two assists.
Justin Peters made 24 saves for Carolina (13-13-5), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
After Tanev gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 3:35 of the first period, Lack was steady the rest of the way as Vancouver kept Carolina to the outside most of the game.
Lack made two glove saves early in the third period, the second coming on a hot shot off the stick of Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe.
Canucks forward Ryan Kesler had a chance to stretch Vancouver’s lead a few moments later, but fired a shot wide on a two-on-one break with Mike Santorelli.
Carolina made a push in the closing minutes, with captain Eric Staal coming the closest to scoring, but Lack shut the door before Hansen scored into an empty net with 1:14 to play.
Lack often plays the second game of back-to-backs in place of Luongo.
Lack got the nod from coach John Tortorella with this game coming on the heels of Sunday’s 3-1 home victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
The 25-year-old Lack’s previous start came in the Canucks’ 3-2 road victory over the Hurricanes on Dec. 1.
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