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Luongo will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Coach Gerard Gallant said he'd wait and see how Luongo fares Saturday before determining if he'd stick with the goalie Sunday in Ottawa, but given that the tight nature of the Eastern Conference wild-card standings, it would be a surprise if backup Dan Ellis received the starting nod. Since returning from a shoulder injury just over a week ago, Luongo has looked sharp in his four outings to this point, winning three of the turns and stopping 97 of 104 shots (.932 save percentage). He should keep the Panthers competitive Saturday, even though he's expected to square off against the presumptive Vezina Trophy winner in Carey Price.
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Luongo saved 24 of 25 Thursday in a 4-1 victory over Toronto.
After one down game Tuesday, Luongo bounced right back with his third win in four starts. He's given up just a single goal in all three of those victories, and the Panthers will surely lean heavily on their veteran netminder as they try to claw their way into one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
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Luongo is slated to start Thursday's game against the Leafs, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Luongo, who gave up four goals on 25 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Lightning, is in a decent spot to bounce back Thursday, with the Leafs in the midst of a six-game slide.
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Luongo gave up four goals on 25 shots Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the Lightning.
A tough loss for the Panthers in the battle of Florida, as their playoff hopes are fading fast. The Panthers are the only team with a legitimate chance to catch Boston for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but they're now four points back with nine games left. Luongo had turned in a pair of commanding performances since returning from injury, but this was not a time when the Panthers could afford for him to take a step back.
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Luongo is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Lightning, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Luongo, who was won both of his starts since returning from a shoulder injury, allowing one goal in each of those turns, will take aim Tuesday at a Lightning squad that has won three in a row, by a combined tally of 12-6.
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Luongo made 26 saves through overtime and stopped all three snipers in the shootout in a 2-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday night.
And with the win, the kitties edge closer to a possible playoff berth. This was Bobby Lou's second game back between the pipes and he has allowed a sum total of two goals in 125 minutes of action. #sizzle
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Luongo will start in goal Saturday against the Bruins, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.
The Panthers' playoff hopes are fading quickly, but Luongo and company will have a prime opportunity to put themselves back in contention if they are able to knock off the Bruins, who currently sit in the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. Luongo looked sharp in his return from a two-plus week absence Thursday against the Red Wings, turning away 26 of 27 shots in a 3-1 victory. The Panthers will need Luongo to be on point again with Boston expected to counter with Tuukka Rask, who has been mostly airtight in goal since the All-Star break.
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Luongo (shoulder) got back on the ice with a win Thursday, stopping 26 of 27 in a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings.
It was his first appearance in 16 days, dating back to when he left the Panthers' March 3 contest against Toronto after suffering the shoulder injury. And it comes at a good time, as the Panthers will need Luongo's stability in goal more than ever as they face an uphill battle for the East's final playoff spot.
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Luongo (shoulder) is slated to start Thursday's game against the Red Wings, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Luongo, who last suited up on March 3, checks back into the Florida lineup with a 23-16-11 mark, to go along with a 2.37 GAA and .921 save percentage. He'll look to help the Panthers -- who are scrambling to remain in the playoff hunt -- bounce back Thursday, on the heels of consecutive losses to the Rangers and Habs.
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The Panthers will assess Luongo's condition following Thursday's morning skate before determining if he'll be able to play later that evening against the Red Wings, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Luongo was on the ice for Wednesday's practice and appeared to be comfortable while facing shots. Initially deemed a day-to-day concern, Luongo's shoulder injury has resulted in a two-week absence, but the netminder finally seems to be nearing the finish line of the recovery process. If all goes well Thursday morning, Luongo will likely displace Dan Ellis as the starting goalie and try to resuscitate the Panthers' fading playoff hopes.