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VIDEO: With Luongo out, Eddie Lack and Joacim Eriksson take the reins

Roberto Luongo won gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, held in Vancouver, B.C. - Wikimedia Commons (author s.yume)
Roberto Luongo won gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, held in Vancouver, B.C.
— image credit: Wikimedia Commons (author s.yume)

Utica Comets number one Joacim Eriksson was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, meaning all-star goalie Roberto Luongo can expect to see some time on the injured list.

Eddie Lack, who was cobbled together a fine rookie season as Luongo's backup to-date and has won two straight games against Chicago and then Winnipeg, will get the start on Sunday when the Canucks play the Flames in Calgary.

Luongo was injured in the Canucks' win over the Jets last Sunday, possibly after an in-crease collision with Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien.

If Luongo's out long-term, it could seriously hamper Vancouver's Cup aspirations. But, for now, it's good news for Lack and for Eriksson, who has yet to play an NHL regular season game.

"I'm very excited and it was real fun when they called me up," Eriksson told Canucks.com's Joey Kenward on Friday. "It was a few days ago... it was like a very good Christmas gift for me and it's very fun to be here."

In 20 games played with Utica this year, Eriksson has a 2.77 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. The Comets are last place in the American Hockey League with 22 points through 27 games.

Meanwhile, Eddie Lack has been composed and consistent in net for Vancouver, putting together a 6-2 record with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.

The Canucks currently sit sixth in the Western Conference, two points back of the San Jose Sharks and one ahead of the Colorado Avalanche.

"I'm just trying to take it day-by-day and not think too much about what (has) happened, just try to think what I can do to get better in the future and just improve my game," Lack said on Friday.

"It's been good so far... I'm just looking at Calgary, and looking forward to that game."

Lack picked up his first win of the season – his first career NHL win – against the Flames this year, back on October 6 when Mike Santorelli scored Vancouver's winner in overtime. Lack has also won four of his past five games, starting with a 3-2 win over Carolina on December 1.

Puck drop on Sunday is at 4:30 p.m. PST from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

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