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Roberto Luongo Out For Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

from Bill Price of NHL.com,

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will be out for an "extended period" with a lower-body injury, coach Bob Boughner said Wednesday.

Luongo was injured Monday against the New York Islanders when he made a pad save with his right leg on a slap shot by Ryan Pulock at 2:31 of the second period. Luongo immediately lay on his stomach and then didn't put any weight on his right leg while being helped off by two trainers.

Luongo left with the score tied 1-1 after making 12 saves. James Reimer made 16 saves in relief in a 5-4 shootout loss.

Boughner said he's not sure if Luongo will miss three, four or five weeks. He also said the injury was not related to a previous hip problem.

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Video- Roberto Luongo Suffers A Lower-Body Injury

Needed help to get off the ice.

 

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Afternoon Line- Dale Tallon

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Video- You Make The Call San Jose/Florida

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

“The puck’s in the blue paint, and I guess from now on, you have to say, Mr. Goalie, go ahead and freeze it, or else it will be disallowed,” Vlasic said. “The puck’s right there. You jam the puck. It hits his pad. But, of course, he can’t make the play because I put it in before he could freeze it.

“I don’t know what the rules are anymore.”

During a TV timeout, Vlasic could be seen talking emphatically with referee Tom Kowal at the Sharks blue line.

What explanation did the Sharks defenseman receive?

“You can’t push the puck into his pad and into the net,” Vlasic said. “So you have to let the goalie freeze it. From now on, anything in the blue paint should be disallowed.”

more on the 2-0 loss by the Sharks to the Florida Panthers...

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Dale Tallon Is Trusting The Process With The Florida Panthers

from Matthew DeFranks of the SunSentinel,

The Panthers head into Friday night’s game against Buffalo with a 4-8-2 record, accumulating 10 points in 14 games and putting them on pace for a 59-point season. Florida’s defense has allowed 4.14 goals per game and a NHL-worst 38.1 shots on goal per game. The Panthers have more points than just one other NHL team (Arizona) and none in the Eastern Conference.

But Tallon looks at the disappointing start with optimism, confident that the Panthers have what they need in the dressing room to turn the season around.

“A couple bounces here, a couple shots here, a couple games there, we turn it around,” Tallon said. “We’re confident we can continue to compete. I just want our players to believe in the process.”

At times, the Panthers have resembled the division championship unit from two years ago, beating Tampa Bay and St. Louis and Washington. Other times, the Panthers have looked like the listless teams that once inhabited the division cellar, losing embarrassingly to Tampa Bay and Columbus.

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All Roberto Luongo

from Chuck Gormley at ESPN,

ESPN.com: When you look at the way the game has changed since you arrived in the NHL, in 1999, do you think it was better then or now?

Luongo: It's definitely better now. It's a faster game. Everything is done at high speed. If you look at game tapes from 15 or 20 years ago, the pace was nothing like it is today. You don't just have one or two superstars. There are a lot of players who can play now. A lot of guys have talent and are better conditioned.

The game has evolved a lot, and I've seen it in the goaltending position too. The way I played 15 years ago is not the same as how I play now. It's a position that continues to evolve, and what's important to me is that I develop as the game changes and not be stuck in the way I played back in the day.

ESPN.com: How is your game most different?

Luongo: When I was younger, I was a lot more serious. Now I try to enjoy it more and take it all in....

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Video Morning Line- Aaron Ekblad

via Mathew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel,

“There’s a lot of problems,” he said. “We’re making the wrong mistakes, mistakes that we talk about day-in and day-out that we should improve on. We shouldn’t be making the same mistakes over and over again.”

“Got to have your defenders, all of us, with a chip on our shoulder,” Ekblad said. “Every time Steven Stamkos touches the puck, I want to be better than him. Every time Kucherov touches the puck, you got to make their lives miserable. They might not like it. It might not be the friendly thing to do. I’m sure all those guys hate me right about now. I hope that’s the case after a game like this.

“We got to play a hell of a lot harder, make it impossible for those guys to get a sniff — on any team. Any team’s best lines, we got to make sure they don’t get a sniff. We got to be reliable enough that all six of us can play against those top lines. We haven’t been.”

Below, watch Ekblad, Bob Boughner, Aleksander Barkov and James Reimer post-game plus the game highlights of Florida's 8-5 loss to Tampa Bay.

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Antti Niemi Claimed By The Florida Panthers

added 12:06pm,

 

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Mike Matheson Extension Is Official

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today the club has signed defenseman Mike Matheson to an eight-year contract extension.

"Mike is an important part of our team's young core and we are thrilled that he has decided to remain a Panther for the long-term," said Tallon. "He is a dynamic and intelligent defenseman with impeccable character and work ethic. Mike has developed into a difference maker on our blue line and will be an important player and leader for the Panthers for many years to come."

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An Eight-Year Deal For Michael Matheson In Florida

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