The Vancouver Canucks continue to impress on their current homestand as they recorded a 2-0 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Eddie Lack was perfect in his home debut at Rogers Arena, turning aside 31 shots to post the shutout. In eight appearances this season, Lack has a solid 2.08 GAA and a save percentage of .925.
He’s proven to be a strong backup to no.1 goalie Roberto Luongo, which is why the organization rewarded Lack with a two-year contract extension earlier in the season. Head coach John Tortorella has a lot of confidence in Lack, saying he provides a strong presence between the pipes and rarely gets rattled.
The Canucks have gone on quite a run since a very disappointing road effort against the New York Rangers in Tortorella’s return to the Big Apple against his old team. Since that 5-2 drubbing, the team has reeled off a season-high five consecutive wins and has surrendered only six goals during that span.
The team is getting enough offense to find ways to win and have been led lately by the strong play of forward Ryan Kesler. He’s had a pair of two-goal games during this winning streak and is up to 15 tallies on the season. As usual, the team is being led in the scoring department by Henrik and Daniel Sedin, who have 29 and 28 points respectively, and the club has been getting some solid depth production as well.
Mike Santorelli has rejuvenated his career in Vancouver, in his first season with the Canucks, he has produced eight goals and 13 assists. He had a three-point effort in their 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Forward Chris Higgins has also been a strong contributor with eight goals and 11 helpers. Higgins had the game-winning overtime marker in a recent 3-2 home triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Canucks have put themselves into much better position in the ultra-tough Western Conference thanks to a season-high win streak that has them sitting at 18-10-5 on the season. Tortorella has a solid goaltending duo and is seeing different players stepping it up offensively on a nightly basis. Those are two keys to this much-needed recent success.
Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports