RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack has full feeling in his extremities after he was stretchered off the ice at the end of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on Monday.
Lack was injured on the game-deciding goal by Andreas Athanasiou at 1:59 of overtime. Athanasiou raced through the neutral zone to gather the puck along the right-side wall before cutting to the net. He was checked by Victor Rask before colliding with Lack and tucking the puck between the right pad and the left post. Lack slumped back in the net and was quickly attended to by the Hurricanes medical staff.
In the moments after the collision, all the Carolina and Detroit players gathered near the net. Most of the spectators remained standing silently until Lack was taken off the ice 10 minutes later. Lack gave a thumbs up as he left the ice.
Justin Faulk, who scored twice, couldn't bring himself to talk about the outcome of the game.
"I'm not really thinking about it," he said. "I'm just worried about Eddie. I think everyone in this room is. The game is one thing, but there are some things that are more important. That's where that is right now."
Lack tweeted his status from the hospital after the game.
Lack has endured a difficult season. He sustained a concussion in practice Nov. 21 and didn't play again until Feb. 7. When he returned, he lost three of four starts, culminating in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in which he faced 16 shots.
Two days after the loss to the Lightning, he faced criticism from Hurricanes coach Bill Peters in the local media. Lack responded with the best run of his two seasons in Carolina, allowing eight goals during a 5-1-0 stretch leading into the game against Detroit on Monday.
"He's had a tough season with injuries," Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal said. "To see him play as well as he has of late and give us a chance to make a push here has been a lot of fun. Hopefully he recovers from this quick and is back on the ice very soon."
Lack is 7-5-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 17 games this season.
"Right now, everyone is thinking about their teammate," Peters said. "We are going to regroup. We'll come in tomorrow and refocus on hockey."
The Red Wings and Hurricanes will complete a back-to-back at PNC Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-D+, NHL.TV).