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Panthers goalie Montoya leaves game with injury

by Alain Poupart

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goalie Al Montoya did not return Monday against the Los Angeles Kings after leaving midway through the first period because of an apparent head injury.

Montoya, making his first start since Nov. 5, was injured when he collided with Kings forward Nick Shore after stopping Dustin Brown's wrist shot on a 2-on-1. Shore's shoulder appeared to hit Montoya's head when he dove headfirst to try to poke home the rebound.

Montoya left at 8:38 of the first period with Los Angeles leading 1-0. He made saves on seven of eight shots.

Roberto Luongo, who started Florida's previous seven games, replaced Montoya and made 20 saves.

The Kings won 3-1.

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