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VIDEO: Canucks ride Tanev's goal, perfect Lack to 2-0 win in Manny's return
Chris Tanev opened the scoring, giving the Canucks a welcome 1-0 cushion early. It turned out to be all Vancouver needed, as Eddie Lack turned away 31 shots for his first career shutout – in his first game at Rogers Arena – and a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
"It was really exciting," Lack said after dropping a doughnut on the Canes. "My first home game and everything, just to try to do whatever I could to make the team come out with a 'W' here.
"The guys did an unbelievable job and it's funny, too, that Chris (Tanev) had the game-winner for sure."
(Tanev goal was only the fourth of his career, and second of the young season. He's also one of the only current Canucks who was a teammate of Lack's on the Canucks' former AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves.)
"I'm just trying to think about the next puck all the time and making that save," Lack added.
"They didn't give us much and we didn't give them much, and Eddie made the saves when he had to and he played well for us," said Canucks alternate captain Ryan Kesler in the dressing room.
Jannik Hansen added an empty-netter to close out the contest, which also saw onetime Canucks centre Manny Malhotra make his return to Vancouver.
Chris Higgins led the way – points-wise – with two assists on Monday night in a game Kesler called "as boring a game to play as it was to watch," although the Canucks did manage to put 26 shots at Carolina goalie Justin Peters.
"I thought we played okay," said Vancouver head coach John Tortorella. "We still have things to do... for the most part, I thought we really defended well. I thought our sticks were good.
"We're a tired team... they found a way to get through it, so we get our six points in this capsule of (home) games."