LUONGO CLIMBS ALL-TIME SHUTOUTS LIST IN WIN OVER BLACKHAWKS
Roberto Luongo stopped all 27 shots he faced, including 12 in the third period, as the Panthers shut out the defending Stanley Cup champions and snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1).
* At 27-15-5 (59 points), the Panthers hold a three-point lead over the Red Wings (24-15-8, 56 points) and idle Lightning (26-17-4, 56 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division.
* Luongo improved to 6-0-0 in his last six appearances on home ice and 20-13-4 overall (2.12 GAA, .929 SV%, 4 SO).
* Per Elias, Luongo earned his 72nd career shutout – and fourth this season – to pass Lorne Chabot and Harry Lumley for sole possession of 11th place in NHL history. Luongo trails Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour for ninth place, who share a tie with 76 career blank sheets apiece.