The Vancouver Canucks
scored a big road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins
Saturday, winning 3-1, but also took a big blow when goaltender Roberto Luongo
left during the first period with an apparent groin injury.
With 15:06 remaining in the first period, Luongo appeared to suffer the injury after kicking out his left leg to make his first and only save of the game against the Penguins. Luongo immediately sprawled to the ice. He was helped off the ice by two teammates and the team trainer to undergo further evaluation.
took over in goal.
Luongo is 11-5-2 this season with a League leading five shutouts. He has a 2.18 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
There was no immediate report on Luongo's status, but a team official said he was being "evaluated" and would not return to the game.
scored twice for the Canucks and Daniel and Henrik Sedin
had three points as Vancouver picked up it third straight win on the road.
Sanford stopped 17 of 18 shots to earn the win in relief.
Vancouver improved to 7-0-2 in its past nine games and 3-0-1 during a stretch of games in the Central or Eastern time zones. Luongo had been a key contributor during the Canucks' surge, posting a 5-0-2 record with a 0.98 goals-against average in his last seven starts.
scored for the Penguins, and Dany Sabourin
stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced.