Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Eddie Lack Makes 31 Saves, Carolina Hurricanes Blank Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Eddie Lack Makes 31 Saves, Carolina Hurricanes Blank Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0

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Jordan Staal scores in OT, Hurricanes edge Leafs

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TORONTO - James Reimer got to know fellow goaltender Eddie Lack personally from training together in the off-season.

That only made Thursday's loss more difficult for Reimer.

In a game that went the distance between the two netminders, Reimer had to watch as Lack stopped all 31 shots his way in the Carolina Hurricanes' 1-0 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It was the 28-year-old's first shutout since joining Carolina in the summer and came after being blanked 5-0 by the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the week.

"A great guy and a great goalie," said Reimer, who trained with Lack in Kelowna, B.C., in August. "Not sure what his stats are at, but they don't reflect the kind of goalie he is.

"You wish him all the best but it would have been nice to beat him 1-0."

Lack, who struggled to a 6-8-3 record with a 2.97 goals-against average and .891 save percentage heading into Thursday, has started the past three games for the Hurricanes. He knows that this is his opportunity while veteran Cam Ward is sidelined with a concussion.

"Everyone knew I wasn't happy with my game," said Lack. "It was good to come back, play strong and put a nice performance together.

"I obviously want to play all the time... I am just looking forward to the challenge but obviously I am hoping for Cam to come back as soon as possible."

Jordan Staal scored the winner for Carolina (21-19-8) at 2:54 of overtime after chipping in a rebound from a Justin Faulk shot that Reimer originally turned away.

Reimer stopped 39 shots for the Maple Leafs (17-20-8) -- including 14 in the third period just to earn his team a single point.

"It was a grinders game and they got the last rebound, it's unfortunate." said Reimer. "You want to win those games but we got a point."

"He played a really good game and kept his team in it," said Lack.

Carolina got out to a quick start and had its first scoring chance just a minute in off the stick of Eric Staal. …

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