Dec 9, 2013 / 11:04 pm
Eddie Lack made 31 saves for the first shutout of his NHL career Monday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0.
With Canucks No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo getting the night off, the rookie Swede picked up his fourth win of the season in his first-career appearance at Rogers Arena.
Christopher Tanev and Jannik Hansen, into an empty net, scored for Vancouver (18-10-5). Chris Higgins had two assists.
Justin Peters made 24 stops for Carolina (13-13-5), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.
After Tanev gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead in the first period, Lack was steady the rest of the way as Vancouver kept Carolina to the outside most of the night.
He made two glove saves early in the third period, the second coming on a hot shot off the stick of Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe.
Canucks forward Ryan Kesler had a chance to stretch Vancouver's lead a few moments later, but fired wide on a 2-on-1 with Mike Santorelli.
Carolina made a push in the dying minutes, with Hurricanes captain Eric Staal coming the closest, but Lack was there to the shut the door before Hansen scored into an empty net.
Lack (4-2-0) usually plays the second game of back-to-backs in place of Luongo and got the nod from Canucks head coach John Tortorella with Monday's contest coming on the heels of Sunday 3-1 home victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
The 25-year-old Lack's last start came in the Canucks' 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 1 and he watched as Vancouver gave him a 1-0 lead early in the first on Monday night.
Tanev collected a feed from fellow defenceman Dan Hamhuis and fired a snapshot from the point that found its way through traffic past Peters at 3:35 for his second of the season.
Hamhuis then jumped into the rush with Canucks shorthanded, but fired wide of Peters' goal. Then with Vancouver still down a man, Peters was forced to make a pad stop on Kesler, two more saves on Hamhuis and then another on Henrik Sedin as the Canucks' No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit buzzed around the Hurricanes' zone.
The visitors started to find their legs in the second period, but found it difficult to get much going against the tight-checking Canucks.
Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu couldn't find the range against Lack from in tight midway through the period as Carolina's 27th-ranked power play sputtered.
Lack was forced to come up big later in the period off the rush, stopping both Riley Nash in the slot and the follow-up chance off the stick of Patrick Dwyer.
Former Canucks forward Manny Malhotra played in Vancouver for the first time as a the member of the Hurricanes. The Canucks shut Malhotra down after nine games last season, saying they were concerned for the 33-year-old's health following a serious eye injury during the 2010-11 season.
Malhotra got an American League Hockey tryout with Carolina's affiliate this season before getting called up to the big club. He made his debut Nov. 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Notes: The Canucks don't play again until Friday when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers. Vancouver then hosts Boston on Saturday night. It will mark the Bruins' first visit to Rogers Arena since their victory in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final. ... Carolina plays at Edmonton on Tuesday.
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Dec 9, 2013 / 1:11 pm
Veteran pitcher Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays Monday in order to retire with the team that drafted him in the first round nearly 20 years ago.
Halladay signed the contract and announced his retirement at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Halladay had a stellar 12-year career with the Blue Jays, posting a 148-76 record and 3.43 ERA, and winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award. The team drafted him in 1995.
“I was very lucky to have a lot of people in that organization really develop and help me become the player that I was able to become,” Halladay told reporters Monday afternoon. “And without the organization’s support…from the front office to the coaches to the players, it really turned my career around and it really made a big difference in my career. I’m really fortunate to retire as a Blue Jay.”
Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston released a statement calling Halladay one of the most professional and dominant pitchers of his generation, saying the Toronto Blue Jays are very proud and honoured he will retire as a member of the organization.
"His talent and determination led our club for many years on the field and his work ethic provided an example for all to follow,” Beeston said.
“He also contributed generously in the community, through the Jays Care Foundation and his own initiatives like 'Doc's Box' for patients at Hospital for Sick Children to attend games. Congratulations to Roy on a tremendous career."
Halladay was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2010 season, after which he was named the NL Cy Young winner. Halladay had pitched a perfect game that season, on May 29, and a no-hitter in his first playoff start, on Oct. 6.
Halladay said he would “love” to retire as a member of both teams, and called the Phillies organization and its fans “a major part of my career.”
“But to me, the biggest thing was had I not been fortunate enough to come up with the Blue Jays and have the people around me that I did and have the people develop me that I did, I would have never had that chance to play for the Phillies.”
Halladay left Toronto for a shot at a World Series, and was a part of two post-season teams his first two years with the Phillies. However they fell short each time, and the Phillies missed the playoffs the past two years.
Shoulder and back problems began affecting his performance, and Halladay said Monday that it was a number of issues with his back, including an eroded disc an
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