Vancouver Cancuks goaltender Roberto Luongo and Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown collided into each other when Brown scored a goal in the third period to tie the game on Saturday at STAPLES Center. Luongo was fine and able to finish the game, but on Sunday he did not play against the Anaheim Ducks because he was injured from the collision.
Canucks Coach John Tortorella said Sunday, that Luongo is day-to-day after the injury (foot or ankle) he suffered from being struck high by the leg of Brown. After Brown scored the goal Mike Santorelli bumped Brown and Brown fell backwards into Luongo, with his skate swinging falling face forward onto the ice, as Luongo fell backwards, his own foot getting caught under him. At that moment Luongo stayed down for several seconds but was able to finish the game.
Luongo told reporters after the game, “My foot got caught under me as he was accidentally running me over. Luckily this time, the pain went away. It was a tough call. Hockey is a fast game and that’s what we want to do to the opposing goalie, too crash the net and create havoc.”
On Saturday, Luongo was coming off missing three games due to a groin injury. He made 46 saves even though the Canucks lost 3-1. Luongo is also a front runner to represent Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Brown is on the roster for Team USA Men’s Hockey.
Brown was also accused this season of causing an injury to San Jose Sharks Tomas Hertl after a knee-to-knee collision on December 19 at STAPLES Center.
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