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Originally published December 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM | Page modified December 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM

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Vancouver Canucks shut out host Calgary Flames

Vancouver backup goaltender Eddie Lack, a rookie, made 18 saves as the Canucks shut out host Calgary 2-0. The Canucks are 10-1-1 this month.

The Associated Press


CALGARY, Alberta – The Vancouver Canucks haven’t missed a beat with rookie Eddie Lack filling in for injured starting goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Jannik Hansen scored what proved to be the winning goal in the first period, and Lack made 18 saves to lead the Canucks to a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.

Lack, making his third consecutive start with Luongo (lower body) injured, won his fifth straight and earned his second shutout.

The Canucks are 10-1-1 in December.

“It was a pretty easy night for me,” Lack said. “I had to be sharp a couple times, but overall I felt that our D-men boxed them out really good.”

Lack improved to 7-2 and moved into third place in the league with a 1.74 goals-against average.

“The guys are playing awesome in front of me,” said Lack, a 25-year-old Swede. “I can’t really complain about anything. I just want to keep it going.”

Vancouver took the lead at 19:20 of the first on a terrific breakaway pass from Henrik Sedin and an effective finish by the speedy Hansen, who beat Flames goalie Reto Berra.

Mike Santorelli scored with 2:16 to play.



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