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article imageTake that, Torts! Roberto Luongo gets shutout back with Panthers

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 7, 2014 in Sports
So take that coach John Tortorella! Roberto Luongo, dissed by his former coach, who gave a key start to his back-up, got lots of respect in his first game after being traded back to the Florida Panthers. Lou got the club's first shutout in two years.
The goalie, who possesses two Olympic gold medals, and his new/old team rattled the Buffalo Sabres Friday night in Florida, 2-0. Bobby Lou stopped 25 shots, one, from the stick of Tyler Ennis, of the brilliant variety, as he helped his club to just their second win in seven games. It was Luongo's fourth shutout this season and 66th of his career (he's now tied with Patrick Roy for 14th all-time).
Jesse Winchester in the first and Dmitry Kulikov in the third each scored power play goals against Sabres' goalie Michael Neuvirth, making his first start for the team since being acquired from the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline. It was the Panthers' first shutout since Jose Theodore shutout the Carolina Hurricanes on March 11 of 2012.
Sabres easy prey for Panthers
By circumstance, the match-up was a favorable one for Luongo to draw on his first game back with Florida, as Buffalo is the NHL's lowest scoring team and they played last night in Tampa Bay, where they beat the Lightning, 3-1. Coming into the game at the BB&T Center in Miami, Buffalo had a road record of 7-19-3.
Luongo and his agent, Pat Brisson, got the ball rolling on a trade after Tortorella gave the start for the Heritage Classic outdoor game in Vancouver to his (then) back-up, Eddie Lack (the Canucks lost to the Ottawa Senators, 4-2). Two days later, Vancouver traded the guy who was their number one goalie for eight years; in return they got goalie prospect Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.
Luongo now has 27 shutouts as a Florida Panther, 38 as a Vancouver Canuck and one with the team that drafted him, the New York Islanders. In contrast to Luongo's shutout in his first game back with the Panthers, in the Canucks' first game without the all-star goalie, they were shutout by the Phoenix Coyotes, 1-0. They managed to score in their second game after dealing Luongo, but got whipped by the Dallas Stars anyhow, 6-1.
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