Eddie Lack (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack stood on his head Monday night, making 29 saves as Vancouver held on for a 2-1 win over division-rival Anaheim. None of his saves were more impressive than his toe-stop on Corey Perry.
With Anaheim attacking on the power play early in the second period, the puck got worked around to newly acquired Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski. Wisniewski spotted Perry wide-open in front of the net and delivered a perfect tape-to-tape pass, which Perry likely should have been able to tap in to tie the game. Instead, Lack’s toe saved the day:
The stop was one of 29 Lack made on the evening, more than double the amount his Anaheim counterpart Frederik Andersen had to turn aside. Lack kept the score 1-0 for the Canucks until midway through the third period when Emerson Etem got Anaheim on the board.
Zack Kassian notched the winner with less than four minutes remaining, however, giving Vancouver the 2-1 victory and two big points in the tight Western Conference playoff race.