For the second time this season, Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo appears to be returning from an injury with strong performances. During Florida’s 1-0 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night, Luongo stopped 30 of 31 shots on goal, his lone blemish a James van Riemsdyk goal in the final minute of the first period. It was Luongo’s second game back from a groin injury that sidelined him for nearly 11 weeks. He earned the win in Calgary on Saturday night by making 30 saves. In the two games since his return, Luongo has posted a .938 save percentage and 2.02 goals against average. “I’d like to believe that if we had him all year, I think we’d have five or six more wins at this point, which would put us right in the thick of things,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner told reporters in Toronto. “That’s what Louie does. Louie can steal you a game when you’re not good one night. He can stand on his head when you need the big save.” The Panthers entered Wednesday seven points behind Columbus for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Florida has played three fewer games and, at 57 games, has played the fewest games in the NHL. The team starts a six-game home stand Thursday night by hosting Washington. In total this season, Luongo has missed 33 games due to injury. A right hand injury on Oct. 20 forced him out for six games. The groin injury on Dec. 4 sidelined him for 27 more.
Panthers would have 'five or six more wins' if Roberto Luongo was healthy, Bob Boughner says
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 21