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Booth, Luongo leave game vs. Avalanche

by Kevin Woodley /
VANCOUVER – So much for the Vancouver Canucks' "American Express" line.

Already missing Chris Higgins with a foot infection, Vancouver's second line lost winger David Booth to a scary looking knee-on-knee collision in the first period against Colorado on Tuesday night. Booth, who had a goal and two assists in Sunday's win against Calgary, was cutting into the slot with the puck when Avalanche center Kevin Porter caught collided with him, right knee to right knee, dropping Booth right to the ice.

Booth lay there throughout a television timeout, and needed help from teammates just to get off the ice. He didn't put any weight on his right leg as Kevin Bieksa and Henrik Sedin guided him off the ice, and hopped down the tunnel to the locker room on his left leg.

Porter was given a five-minute major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Booth, Higgins and center Ryan Kesler combined for 2 key goals and 9 points in the win against Calgary, but Higgins developed a foot infection before Monday's practice.

Booth only scored twice in his first 13 games after being acquired from Florida in a late-October trade, but had three in five games before getting hurt. After recording one assist in six games with the Panthers, Booth also had 12 points in 18 games with the Canucks.

The Canucks also lost No.1 goaltender Roberto Luongo to a high shot that caught him under the chin early in the second period. Luongo, who doesn't wear a plastic dangler under his mask, was lying down face first on the ice, kicking his legs in pain for a couple minutes after Gabriel Landeskog's rising slap shot hit him in the neck.

Making his second start after backing up for five straight, Luongo eventually got up and skated to the bench, giving way to impressive second-year backup Cory Schneider.

Colorado also lost defenseman Ryan Wilson in the first period to what a team official called a "head" injury after being hit into the boards by Vancouver's Maxim Lapierre.
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