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Canucks win fifth in a row, Lack gets first NHL shutout

Dec 10, 2013, 1:41 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks are heating up in December, and to some extent, they can thank their goaltenders for this run.

Eddie Lack was the man on Monday, as he earned his first career shutout while the Canucks blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. The 25-year-old is now 4-2-0 with a .925 save percentage and 2.08 GAA in his first NHL season, generally making the most of the rare moments when Roberto Luongo gets rest. Lack stopped 31 shots tonight.

Christopher Tanev scored the game-winner while Jannik Hansen grabbed an empty-netter. Chris Higgins collected two assists, giving him five points (one goal, four assists) in a three-game point streak.

The Canucks have now won five games in a row and six of their last seven.

The Canucks improved 18-10-5 with 41 points, inching their way into the West’s elite (though that’s a little misleading with 33 games played). Carolina has been playing well lately, so while the Hurricanes’ 13-13-5 record isn’t very impressive, they’ve won five of their last eight games and just saw a three-game winning streak end.

  1. 950003cups - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Oh how ranger fans miss torts. I actually do too.

  2. micasa81 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    1. Canucks are making progress up the standings, but it’s gonna be *tough* to crack the CHI-STL-SJS-ANA-LAK upper echelons of the West. In terms of points %, they’re still sitting in 9th. I.e., 5-game win streak or no, they ain’t in the “elite” discussion yet. Better for them to keep ignoring the standings indefinitely and focus on being tough to play against, like they were tonight.

    2. Lack had things locked down, but his team also didn’t let him down as they went into the 3rd with that dreaded 1-0 lead. Every time there was a Carolina push, Vancouver pushed back. Refreshing to see.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    After the previous game, when the Canucks announcers mentioned the dreaded word “shutout” late in the game, only to see it broken with 7 seconds left, it was funny to hear them tonight stay a mile away from it and then say it several times after the clock read 00:00. I’ll bet the Canes crew were saying it during the 3rd period, with no apparent effect. Superstitions are a hoot.

  4. storminator16 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    As a Canes fan, I dreaded all the tire pumping yesterday because a lot of things were said in the media about that team that isn’t true. Most of it alluded to the fact that the team is “good” and they will make the playoffs. Neither of those statements are true.

    I’m just keeping it real. Canes will be sellers at the deadline because Jim Rutherford needs to fix this mess he made. I wouldn’t mind seeing Kirk Muller gone as well.

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