Hurricanes G Eddie Lack released from hospital with neck strain

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes say Eddie Lack is out of the hospital and has a neck strain after the goalie was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher following a frightening collision on the final play of an overtime loss to Detroit.

Team officials on Tuesday brought in Alex Nedeljkovic from their ECHL affiliate in Florida as the goalie for their rematch with the Red Wings later that night.

Lack was hurt when Detroit's Andreas Athanasiou crashed into him while scoring the winning goal Monday night. Athanasiou was hit by Carolina's Victor Rask before colliding with Lack.

Lack was motionless on the ice for several minutes but gave the silenced crowd a thumbs-up as he was taken off. Team officials later said Lack had full feeling in his extremities.

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Eddie Lack Stretchered Off Ice After Getting Wrecked While Giving Up OT Goal [Update]

The Carolina Hurricanes lost in dramatic fashion tonight, falling 4-3 to the Red Wings in overtime. Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack got flattened by Andreas Athanasiou as he scored the winner, and Lack had to be stretchered off the ice.

The Hurricanes have yet to announce news of Lack’s condition, but Lack flashed a thumbs up as he left the ice.

We’ll update this post when more information becomes available.

Update, 12:16 a.m. EDT: Lack says he’ll be out of the hospital tonight.


HURRICANES' EDDIE LACK HOSPITALIZED AFTER COLLISION WITH ANDREAS ATHANASIOU

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was hospitalized after Andreas Athanasiou collided with him while scoring a game-winning goal to hand the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 overtime victory Monday night.

NHL.com relayed video of the collision, which resulted in Lack being stretchered off the ice:

"Eddie Lack is currently undergoing tests at UNC REX Hospital," the team said in a statement on Twitter. "He does have full feeling in his extremities. The Hurricanes will provide additional information about his condition when it is available."

Before he was injured Monday, Lack dealt with two concussions that forced him to miss all of December and January.

"He's had a tough season, with injuries and all the stuff that's gone on for him," Hurricanes center Jordan Staal said, per ESPN.com news services.

"Hopefully he recovers from this quick, whatever it is, and he's back on the ice very soon. He made a lot of big plays for us tonight."

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