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Luongo Goes Down; Canucks Nation Collectively Goes Into a Fetal Position

11/22/2008 at 5:04pm EST

Roberto Luongo went down in the first period of today’s midday game, and while fans everywhere freak out, reports on the Penguins television broadcast were detailed and informative: it’s a “lower body injury,” they say.

Well, thank God for that explanation.

But the reports on Sportsnet tv were no less informative. Claiming to have the “official word from the Canucks” reporter Dan Murphy informs us that “Roberto Luongo is injured and won’t be returning to this game.” Gee, ya think?

Breaking news you needed to know.

My own thoughts on Lui’s injury are that if it’s his groin (which I doubt, but who knows) I would think it would be minor—I don’t think he could’ve tweaked it too badly in that position. But if it’s his knee, that’s another story. Given the extension of his leg when he pulled up, I can see how he may have seriously damaged it. (Votes for a ripped tendon, anyone?)

Updates later. Meanwhile, midday cocktails are now officially sanctioned.

(And didn’t I tell you that a mid-day game was bad news?!)

Update 12:08pm PT

Apparently a left-leg injury is being reported in some circles, but Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun maintains it’s a “serious left groin injury” and that he’s confirmed the “type” of injury with GM Mike Gillis.

Alas, the Guess That Injury! game begins…

Update 2:04pm PT
via Puck Daddy, here’s the video of the injury. You know, just in case you need a reminder when your memory goes blotto from the tequila consumption.

Update 4:02pm PT
Cited by George Richards at On Frozen Pond, these words from Luongo tonight:

“The schedule has been pretty brutal here the last week or so. I don’t know if that had something to do with it or not. Tough to say.

“There was pretty much a lot of pain there. Right away, I knew it wasn’t good.”

And a bunch more Luongo quotes in The Province.

Update 6:10pm PT:

To the surprise of exactly no one, Cory Schneidergets called up to Vancouver:

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced Saturday that goaltender Cory Schneider has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. The club also announced they have re-assigned defenceman Nolan Baumgartner to Manitoba.

Schnieder, 22, has posted a record of 10 wins and one loss, with one shutout in 11 games played this season with Manitoba. In addition his 1.37 GAA is the lowest in the AHL and his .945 save percentage places him second in that category as well.

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