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Let’s officially welcome Eddie Lack to the year of the back-ups

Dec 30, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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Martin Jones. Ben Scrivens. Philipp Grubauer. Cam Talbot. Alex Stalock. Al Montoya. Frederik Andersen. Justin Peters.

It’s been the year of the back-up goalie in the NHL. In fact, some of the above unheralded names — all of whom boast impressive statistics this season — are back-ups to the back-up. And in case you hadn’t already, now you can add another name: Eddie Lack of the Vancouver Canucks.

Lack shut out the Flames, 2-0, last night in Calgary, giving the 25-year-old Swede his second shutout of 2013-14 while lowering his goals-against to 1.74 and raising his save percentage to .933. Not bad for a guy who’d never played an NHL game before this season and was coming off hip surgery.

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

With Roberto Luongo expected to be out a week or so with an injury, Lack’s getting an opportunity to show his stuff. The Canucks have also recalled goalie Joacim Eriksson from the Utica Comets of the AHL.

Vancouver hosts Philadelphia tonight.

  1. thatsdoinit - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    How long until Vancouver Goalie Controversy 2.0?

  2. elvispocomo - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    It hasn’t been all luck, he’s been solid on a fair number of timely saves in his wins and he even looked more confident handling the puck than I’ve seen from a Canuck goalie in a long time. His consistently good AHL stats have pointed to his future success in the NHL, it was just up to him to prove it and he’s done so earlier than expected after the hip surgery.

    Bork! Bork! Bork!

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