Make all the Auston Matthews jokes you’d like, the Hurricanes have solid defense and the addition of goaltender Eddie Lack may help get a few more points piled up for the squad in what could be another trying year for fans.
During his debut, he made a solid case for passing up Cam Ward on the depth chart despite making over $5 million less than Ward this coming season.
Of note was an outstanding save on the Washington Capitals’ Jakub Vrana in the second period Monday. Vrana took a pass while streaking down the center of the ice and managed to make a quick move that should have had Lack beat, but Lack was up to the challenge.
Dan Ellis wasn’t going to be outdone in the toe save department though. Ellis made a nifty save of his own, stretching out to stop a redirected shot that almost trickled in after the initial save, but was grabbed by the quick stick of the 35-year-old netminder.
The Capitals added Dan Ellis for goaltending depth a few days after free agency opened this summer. He joins a crowded crease behind Braden Holtby that includes Justin Peters and Philipp Grubauer.
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Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.