Eddie Lack did what needed to be done on Thursday night.
Carolina capitalized on an early first-period power play to take a 1-0 lead. Noah Hanifin got a puck on net from the top of the left circle and Derek Ryan came across the crease and snuck the rebound under Devin Dubnyk’s arm.
The powerplay giveth and the powerplay taketh away. Just over halfway through period one, the Canes went on the man advantage again, but this time it was Minnesota that took advantage of their opportunity as the Wild had all the space and time in the world on a two-on-two rush up the ice. Mikael Granlund dropped the puck to Mikko Koivu who made a shifty move and found Granlund all alone in front of Eddie Lack on a defensive breakdown of sorts from Noah Hanifin to tie the game at one.
The play went back and forth in the second period but the Canes and Wild both went scoreless in the second stanza as both Lack and Dubnyk both came up with key saves. Sebastian Aho couldn’t capitalize on a breakaway opportunity as he was slashed on the way through, which led to a powerplay at the end of the period for Carolina. They were kept off the scoresheet.
The third period was the Eddie Lack show as he made timely save after timely save. He kept this game tied up until the late stages, and Victor Rask made it all worth it.
Rask was able to sneak home his 16th of the season to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with just over three minutes to go.
With 1:26 to go, Jeff Skinner hit Teuvo Teravainen with a neutral zone pass, and Turbo threw it into the empty net.
Lack would hold down the fort the rest of the way as the Canes took down the Wild by a final score of 3-1 on home ice.
Eddie Lack stopped 30 of 31 shots and got second-star honors.
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