Luongo was knocked down and shaken up after Carolina forward Radek Dvorak crashed into him with 7:12 left in the opening period. Luongo finished out the period but was not on the bench for the start of the second. He was replaced by Dan Ellis. The Pannthers said Luongo was removed as a precautionary measure.
Luongo gave up one goal on 12 shots in the first period. He faced one shot after getting hit by Dvorak, who was assessed a five-minute major for charging along with a game misconduct.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres