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Panthers lose Roberto Luongo to lower-body injury

With Roberto Luongo struggling in recent weeks there has been some speculation that he might be playing through some sort of an injury. On Thursday, after stopping 13 all shots he faced in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers — and not always looking comfortable — he ended up leaving the game with what the team is calling a lower body injury.

After the game Panthers coach Tom Rowe said it is expected that Luongo will miss at least a week of action.

Reto Berra has been called up from the AHL.

He was replaced at the start of the second period by James Reimer.

Reimer had been making more starts in recent weeks due to a combination of him playing extremely well (.929 save percentage in February), and Luongo hitting a pretty significant slump. Reimer played well in relief on Thursday, but the Panthers still ended up losing in a shootout, 2-1.

In his six starts in February Luongo managed only a .878 save percentage, allowing 20 goals. He allowed at least three goals in four of those appearances. Going back as far as Jan. 13 he has allowed at least three goals in eight of his past 11 starts.

The Panthers entered the night one point of a Wild Card spot with 68 points.

Roberto Luongo: funny on Twitter, all alone at fifth all-time in wins

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Roberto Luongo pumps out funny tweets so often, it kind of distracts people from all the milestones he’s also piling up.

Monday was quite the night in that regard, as he out-dueled his buddy and former crease mate Cory Schneider in a 3-0 win for the Florida Panthers against the New Jersey Devils. The margin was actually a lot smaller, too, as two of Florida’s goals came on an empty net.

In blanking the Devils, Luongo earned the 448th win of his distinguished career, breaking his tie with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for fifth all-time in NHL history.

Here’s how the top five shakes out now:

1. Martin Brodeur – 691
2. Patrick Roy – 551
3. Ed Belfour – 484
4. Curtis Joseh – 454
5. Luongo – 448

Luongo’s also climbing up the shutout ranks.

This marks the 73rd of his career, where he’s ranked at 11. He can make some nice traction over the next couple seasons:

4. Glenn Hall – 84
5. Jacques Plante – 82
6 (tied) Alec Connell, Tiny Thompson and Dominik Hasek – 81
9 (tied) Ed Belfour, Tony Esposito – 76
11. Luongo – 73

So, yeah, Bobby Lou could really climb the ladder, giving the Panthers a new milestone-hoarder now that Jaromir Jagr is largely hitting the ceiling for what he can accomplish.

In other words, don’t let all the funny Tweets fool you. Luongo’s doing special things, and he can still get it done. Maybe even to enough of an extent for the Panthers to work things out.

The funny tweets are great too though, don’t get us wrong.

Roberto Luongo keeps climbing the all-time wins leaderboard

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Thanks in large part to a three-point game from forward Jonathan Marchessault,  the Florida Panthers were able to win their second consecutive game to open the 2016-17 season by beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night.

It was also a big night for veteran goalie Roberto Luongo who stopped 21 shots to pick up his 438th win in the NHL.

That win moves him to sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list, moving him ahead of Hall of Famer Jacques Plante. Assuming he stays healthy, he should be able to move into the top-four by the end of this season.

He trails Terry Sawchuk (447) by only nine wins for fifth place, and is only 16 behind Curtis Joseph (454) for fourth.

The obvious asterisk that will get pointed out here is that Luongo has played the bulk of his career in the shootout era where he’s had an opportunity to pile up a bunch of wins that the likes of Sawchuk, Plante and Joseph never had. That is certainly true.

Since the start of the 2005-06 season Luongo has been able to add 46 wins to his career total thanks to the shootout. Before then those games would have simply ended in ties. But even if you knock 46 wins off of his career total, he would still be in the top-12 on the NHL’s all-times win list and end up in the top-10 by the end of this season anyway.

The bottom line with Luongo is that he has had a pretty spectacular career that has featured both tremendous longevity and durability at a physically demanding position (he is still playing at an elite level at an age where most goalies have badly declined), as well as periods of dominance.

It has not yet resulted in a Stanley Cup, but he did take the Vancouver Canucks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 (a series where he recorded two shutouts, a fact that gets forgotten because of the way the series ended) and he has won an Olympic Gold Medal.

At 37 and coming off of hip surgery over the summer the Panthers would probably be wise to give him some rest throughout the season to make sure he remains rested and refreshed for a potential playoff run. They signed James Reimer to a five-year, $17 million contract this summer to help do just that.

Roberto Luongo steals the show on Father’s Day with hilarious tweet about Brad Marchand

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Roberto Luongo was up to his old tricks on Father’s Day. Luongo, who you can find on Twitter as Strombone1, stole the show with a hilarious tweet on Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers goalie wished his “daddy” a Happy Father’s Day. Who’s his daddy? Well, Bruins forward Brad Marchand, of course.

The two battled in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final when Luongo played for the Canucks. The Bruins won the cup in seven games and Marchand scored five goals in the series.

Other Father’s Day gems from Sunday:

Marchand and his father:

Ian Cole and his father got to enjoy the Stanley Cup:

–Some of the more famous dads in Sports via Sportsnet.

Bo Horvat can always count on some advice for his father…even when he doesn’t want it:

Roberto Luongo’s latest milestone: now tied for 7th all-time in wins

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Roberto Luongo isn’t just having a great season at an advanced age. He’s also reminding people of his impressive, perhaps Hall-of-Fame-worthy career.

He played nicely in the Florida Panthers’ 5-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. It wasn’t just a win that celebrated Aleksander Barkov‘s extension, either (Barkov scored in the contest, by the way).

Nope, Luongo continues to climb up the all-time rankings, as his 423rd career regular season win ties him with Tony Esposito for seventh in NHL history.

Here are the top seven, for your consideration:

1. Martin Brodeur – 691 wins
2. Patrick Roy – 551
3. Ed Belfour – 484
4. Curtis Joseph – 454
5. Terry Sawchuk – 447
6. Jacques Plante – 437
7. Espo and Lou – 423

In case you’re wondering, the highest-ranked active goalies not named Luongo are Henrik Lundqvist (17th place with 362 wins), Marc-Andre Fleury (20th with 340) and Ryan Miller (22nd with 334).

Where do you think Luongo ends this season, and when he hangs up the goalie pads to tweet funny things full-time?