Having watched reporters’ daily feeding frenzy around the locker stall of teammate Roberto Luongo rookie goaltender Eddie Lack joked Tuesday that he is biologically equipped to handle that kind of blistering glare.

“I’m an only child so I’m used to getting a lot of attention” the Vancouver Canuck smiled. “I’m just trying to have fun every day and do my best.”

So he is equipped to handle difficult and relentless questions in what former general manager Brian Burke famously dubbed the goalie graveyard?

“I ask myself tough questions too and I know (goalie coach) Rollie Melanson is going to be all over me if I play a bad game” Lack said. “I’ve always just focused on my part and what I can do. You guys in the media make things a little bigger too so I’ve just been focusing on my part here and doing my best every day.”

Tuesday night wasn’t his best. Nor was it for the Canucks who failed the mental and physical test of playing on back-to-back nights by losing 5-0 to the San Jose Sharks.

Lack allowed the five goals on 33 shots remaining winless in the National Hockey League pre-season and entirely unproven in the best league in the world.

Yet by default he appears to be on the Canucks’ opening-night roster — an injury to Luongo away from starting in the NHL.

“I’ve been working for this my whole life” Lack said before Tuesday’s game his third and last of the Canucks’ six-game pre-season. “I want to prove it to myself first and show I’m ready for this.

“I’ve been playing in the minors now for 2½ years and feel like I’ve proven myself down there and feel like I’m ready to try this next step. I’m just looking forward to getting into the regular season.”

Canuck fans probably not so much.

Vancouver is 1-4 in pre-season games during the transition to new coach John Tortorella and the Canucks scored more goals in their only win (6-1 Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes) than all their losses combined. Three of the four losses were not close.

Lack didn’t look NHL-ready on Tuesday although the same could be said about the team in front of him.

He was unlucky on a pair of ricochets credited as goals to Tomas Hertl and should have done better on Dan Boyle’s short-side shot in the first period. But Lack’s biggest failure was his inability to make a big save or two to change momentum and help his team when it began listing halfway through the opening frame after an unlucky play and terrible giveaway by Vancouver defenceman Yannick Weber spotted the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

“You never want to let in five goals as a goalie” Lack said after the game. “(But) I don’t really think about wins and losses during the pre-season. I’m just trying to work as hard as I can and get the feeling there (for playing) and seeing the puck well. If I go three games without a win in a regular season come back and ask me about it.”

Asked about the Canucks’ performance winger Daniel Sedin summarized: “We made a few mistakes that really hurt us. This is too good a team to make those mistakes. With the team we had tonight we should be better. That’s the bottom line.”

Lack needs to be better too.

“He fought hard” Tortorella said. “He was good at times and struggled at other times but I thought he fought right through the game.”