Panthers’ Luongo leaves game vs. Hurricanes with lower-body injury

Roberto Luongo makes a great first save against the Carolina Hurricanes, but Jordan Martinook cleans up the rebound and puts his team up by one over the Florida Panthers. Luongo would leave the game with an apparent lower body injury.

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo left Friday’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes with a lower-body injury and didn’t return.

Luongo left Friday’s game late in the first period after going down to make a save on Hurricanes centre Lucas Wallmark right at his doorstep. After making the initial stop, the 39-year-old Luongo remained down on his back in apparent pain as Carolina winger Jordan Martinook banged the loose puck into the net, giving Carolina a 1-0 lead.

As Martinook was celebrating his goal with his teammates, Luongo was seen down on the ice holding what appeared to be his right knee.

Panthers trainers came out to check on Luongo, but he was able to skate off the ice under his own strength.

Luongo entered Friday’s affair with a 4-3 record, a 3.07 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.

Backup James Reimer came in to relieve him.

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