Lack raised his career record against the Blues to 6-0 and the
backup goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes just missed his first
shutout of the season in a 4-1 win Thursday night over the Blues.
Lack stopped 23 of 24 St. Louis shots, allowing only a third-period
goal from center Jori Lehtera off a rebound, as he helped the
Hurricanes extend their winning streak to a season-high four games.
It also was the Hurricanes' first win in St. Louis since Dec. 11,
2010 but beating the Blues was not new for Lack, who won three games
against them in 2013-14 and two last season when he was with the
Lack said he really couldn't offer a reason for his success against
"My team's have been playing extremely well against them," Lack
said. "It's been a lot of close games and I've been fortunate to be
on the right side of the score. Yeah, it's tough to explain."
Lack had to make only 11 saves through the first two periods, a
challenge for a goalie to stay sharp when facing so few shots.
"I'm not going to lie," Lack said. "It's tough sometimes to just
stand there waiting for it. ... I was trying to stay warm."
Coach Bill Peters thought Lack did that.
"He was solid," said Peters. "I thought he was real good. (Right
winger Vladimir) Tarasenko was dangerous in the first on a real good
release on a play on the left side. Eddie was big and square and I
thought he looked very comfortable in net."
Left winger Jeff Skinner led the way for the Carolina offense with a
goal and an assist. He started the scoring with his team-leading
17th goal of the year 1:49 into the second period and assisted on a
third-period goal from right winger Brock McGinn.
That goal made it a 3-0 lead for the Hurricanes, who also got a
power-play goal from defenseman Brett Pesce, and chased goalie Brian
Elliott from the game.
Elliott was replaced by Jordan Bennington, making his NHL debut
after he was recalled from Chicago of the AHL last week when goalie
Jake Allen was injured. Bennington allowed the final Carolina goal
on a breakaway by right winger Riley Nash.
The loss frustrated the Blues, who trailed just 1-0 going into the
third period despite having only 11 shots on goal and going 0-for-3
on the power-play. They also failed to capitalize on a power play in
the final period.
"At the end of two we knew we hadn't played real well and could
still win a game when we hadn't played real well; we just needed a
20-minute effort," said center David Backes. "I don't think that's
what we were looking for in the third, and the result was
substandard for our team."
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Coach Ken Hitchcock said he could tell very early in the game it was
going to be a difficult night for the Blues, who have been dealing
with a heavy schedule of games and a multitude of injuries to key
"We don't have any energy, we running on fumes right now," Hitchcock
said. "You could see it five minutes into the game. We've got to
find some energy. There's no point in beating it down. Not taking
anything away from Carolina but we had nothing from start to finish.
"It's one of those games that we kind of thought it was going to
come maybe even sooner but we battled through it. You just can't
continue to play without all of the bodies and expect not to have
some of these."
The Blues might have suffered another injury in the third period
when left winger Alexander Steen appeared to be hit in the face by a
stick, swung in frustration by defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk after
Pesce's goal. Hitchcock said his status would be updated on Friday.
The loss snapped a five-game point streak for the Blues.
NOTES: C Paul Stastny returned to the St. Louis lineup after missing
two games because he was hit in the cheek by a deflected puck,
causing headaches and "fogginess," according to Stastny. ... Blues
RW Ty Rattie, who scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday night, was a
healthy scratch. ... Carolina LW Nathan Gerbe and LW Phillip Di
Giuseppe were on the trip and are getting closer to getting back in
the lineup. Gerbe has missed 25 games because of a lower-body injury
and Di Giuseppe has been sidelined for six games with a concussion.
... The game in St. Louis was the annual dad's trip for the
Hurricanes, with 19 fathers of players and staff accompanying the
team. ... Carolina hosts Vancouver on Friday night and St. Louis
hosts Montreal on Saturday night.
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