Eddie Lack spent a lot of time this season watching his Carolina Hurricanes teammates play while he dealt with concussion issues. He made the most of a rare chance to play against the Ottawa Senators.
Lack, making his sixth start of the season, stopped 34 shots for his ninth career shutout to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory over the Senators on Friday night.
Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm and Viktor Stalberg scored, and Phillip Di Giuseppe had two assists to help Carolina snap a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and move out of last place in the Eastern Conference.
“I thought the guys were aggressive attacking the net,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said. “We haven’t had a chance to play [Lack] much due to his injuries and everything else. We’ve got to get him going. I thought he did a great job here tonight and took advantage of his opportunity.”
The Hurricanes set the tone by getting a quick goal from Staal and outshooting the visitors 19-7 in the first period.
“I felt like we were controlling from the start,” said Lack (2-3-1), who got his first win in four tries against Ottawa. “Like 10 or 12 shots the first eight minutes. The boys came out flying and I just had to be big when I had to. It was a good night for us.”
Sens don’t take advantage
Craig Anderson finished with 41 saves for Ottawa, which snapped a three-game road winning streak. The Senators squandered a chance to move into first place in the Atlantic Division.
“[Carolina] came out really hard and we were really expecting that, so there’s no excuse,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. “There’s no reason we shouldn’t be ready for their surge in the first period, and we were just not there. We were just not good at all.”
Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson moved past Kyle Turris into sole possession of second place on the franchise’s consecutive games played list with 308.
Ottawa had won the teams’ first two meetings this season at home, 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 1 and 2-1 on Nov. 26.