Lack makes 18 saves as Canucks blank Flames 2-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks haven't missed a beat with rookie Eddie Lack filling in for injured starting goalie Roberto Luongo.

Jannik Hansen scored the winning goal, 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) on the injured list, won his fifth straight and earned his second shutout.

"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 NHL with a 1.74 goals-against average. His .933 save percentage is sixth best.

"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."

Vancouver took the lead in the final minute of the first period on a terrific breakaway pass from Henrik Sedin and an even better finish by the speedy Hansen.

With the puck inside his blue line, Sedin spotted Hansen darting up the ice. Looking like a quarterback, Sedin paused as Hansen got open behind Mark Giordano and lofted a long pass that connected at the Flames' blue line.

Hansen controlled the puck and quickly whipped a shot past goalie Reto Berra.

"I saw an opportunity for us to turn the puck over in our end, so took a chance that we were going to get it," Hansen said. "Fortunately enough it ends up on Hank's tape and he's able to feather it through.

"It jumped on me, and I think that fooled the goalie a little bit, too — maybe caught him a little bit out of position and leaving a little more room than he would have liked to."

Mike Santorelli also scored for Vancouver (23-11-6), 10-1-1 in its last 12.

"If you look at the standings, it's extremely tight," Hansen said. "If you're not stringing wins together, you're not going anywhere. We've played a tremendous December and we're still fourth in our division."

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