Life is more important than sports, folks.
The Hurricanes picked up a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings at home Monday. But more importantly, goaltender Eddie Lack appeared to be seriously injured on the play that resulted in Detroit’s game-winning score. I’ll forego my usual snarkiness in light of these circumstances.
It looked like Victor Rask accidentally bumped Andreas Athanasiou as he swooped in to score the deciding goal. Athanasiou then collided with Lack, who fell to the ice and stayed down. He remained on the ice for several minutes as Hurricanes medical staff and Wake County EMS cared for him and eventually lifted him onto a stretcher and carried him off.
UPDATE: Eddie Lack tweeted that he was being released from the hospital.
Thanks for all thoughts and prayers🙏everything looks alright and I’ll be able to go home tonight! Thanks for thinking of me👍
— Eddie Lack (@eddielack) March 28, 2017
Great to hear Eddie is going to be okay.
Here’s the recap:
This game was really important to the Canes keeping their slim playoff chances alive. It felt like playoff game on my end. There’s a razor-thin margin for error.
Jeff Skinner opened things up with a score in the first, his sixth-straight game with a goal. Carolina seemed to be in the driver’s seat well into the second, when things abruptly changed.
A couple of sloppy Canes’ turnovers led to a pair of Anthony Mantha goals and a 2-1 Detroit lead.
Justin Faulk was able to answer to tie the game at 2 heading into the second intermission.
The Carolina offense went silent for the first half of the final period. Tomas Tatar put the Wings back out front on a power play goal, after the Canes left him wide open in front of the net.
When all appeared lost, Faulk answered again to send the game into OT:
Canes of the Game
Justin Faulk kept the team alive and got us a point. Eddie deserves a lot of credit, too. None the four goals were really his fault and he continued his strong play, including a monster save on a Darren Helm breakaway.
Not gonna lie, this one hurts our chances in the wild card race. Yes, we pick up a point. Boston was off tonight and plays Nashville tomorrow. Speaking of Nashville, they did us a favor and beat the Islanders. Unfortunately, the Blackhawks blew a 4-1 lead to the Lightning, who ended up winning 5-4 in OT.
The tightrope gets even tighter moving forward. But that doesn’t really matter to me tonight.
Here’s hoping the injury wasn’t as bad as it looked and No. 31 is back in net soon. Get well soon, Eddie!