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Panthers goalie Luongo leaves game with injury

by Cristina Ledra

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo left the game Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper-body injury with 9:38 remaining in the second period and did not return.

Al Montoya made 22 saves in relief for a 1-0 win.

Luongo left the game 10:22 into the period. He did not appear to be injured on a specific play but skated to the Panthers bench during a timeout and spoke with coaches before going into the locker room.

Florida coach Gerard Gallant said after the game Luongo’s injury wasn’t serious, based on what the trainers told him, though they would know more about the extent on Thursday.

Luongo made 11 saves. At 13:53 of the second period, he stretched to make a glove save on Hurricanes center Victor Rask. Gallant said Luongo sustained the injury on a poke check before that play.

Luongo stopped all 11 shots he faced. The Panthers host the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

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