Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack was stretchered off the ice after Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou hit into the netminder on the game-winning breakaway goal Monday.
In overtime, after Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, Athanasiou came down the ice with the puck at speed. As Athanasiou neared Lack, Hurricanes forward Victor Rask caught up to the Red Wings’ youngster and accidentally pushed him straight into into Lack.
Athanasiou then hit into Lack’s head and neck area, which sent the goaltender down to the ice writhing in pain.
Here’s a still photo of the collision:
“I had no idea I hit him,” Athanasiou said after the game. “Their D cross-checked me pretty hard, so I must have run into him a little bit. I haven’t seen the play yet so I don’t know what part of me hit him. You never like to see someone go down like that.”
After a Carolina trainer looked at Lack it was then determined that Lack needed a stretcher. While medical personnel worked on Lack, members of the Hurricanes and Red Wings watched silently near Lack’s side.
Fans at PNC Arena also did not make a noise during the nearly 15-minute sequence, except for some chants of “Let’s Go Eddie!” While Lack was being wheeled off the ice on the stretcher he flashed a ‘thumbs up’ with his hand.
Following the game, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters had no immediate update on Lack’s condition.
“It’s hard to think about the game,” Hurricanes center Jordan Staal said according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Eddie. He’s had a tough time with injuries and all the stuff that has gone on for him. To see him play as well as he has of late and given us a chance to make a push here, it’s been a lot of fun. Hopefully he recovers from this quick.”
UPDATE: The Hurricanes provided an update on Lack saying that he has “full feeling in his extremities” and is “undergoing tests at UNC REX Hospital.”
Lack also later tweeted that he is OK:
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
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