Eddie Lack in hospital after being stretchered off ice in Carolina

Mar 28 2017, 3:12 am

There’s a lot of concern for Eddie Lack this evening, as the former Canucks goaltender was taken off the ice on a stretcher in Carolina.

Lack was injured on the final play of the game in overtime, as Andreas Athanasiou made contact with the goaltender’s head/neck area as he scored the game winning goal for Detroit. Athanasiou appeared to be thrown off balance as he was driving to the net by the Hurricanes’ Victor Rask, who bumped the Red Wings forward towards Lack.

The collision looked much more innocent than it was, as Lack fell to the ice in pain. He laid on the ice for several minutes.

Lack’s teammates, as well as the Detroit Red Wings, remained on the ice until the loveable Swedish goaltender was stretched off and transported to UNC REX Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lack gave a thumbs up as he was being stretchered off.

The Carolina Hurricanes gave an update on Eddie’s status at 8 pm PT, stating that he is undergoing tests in hospital. The media release also stated that Lack has full feeling in his extremities.

Eddie’s father Wille also passed along a message on Twitter for fans worried about his son:

It’s been a difficult season for the (still) Canucks fan favourite. Losses, injuries, and a low save percentage piled up quickly this season. Then, just as Lack appeared to be turning things around, he was called out by his head coach.

Lack’s numbers were trending towards respectability this month, as his play had been superb. The 29-year-old netminder has a 5-1-2 record with a .920 save percentage in March, and was riding a four-game winning streak into Monday night’s game.

But at this point, hockey is clearly secondary. I think I can speak for everyone in wishing Eddie a speedy recovery.

*UPDATE: Good news, Eddie tweeted an update and it’s good news…

It looks like he’s going to be alright.

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