Roberto Luongo Injury: Updates on Panthers Star's Upper Body and Return

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Mar 3, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers trainer David Zenobi attends to injured goalie Roberto Luongo as referee  Justin St. Pierre looks on in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo suffered an injury to his upper body during the first period of Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, he would return to the ice in the third period.

Luongo missed six games with the injury.

Continue for updates.

Luongo to Return vs. Red Wings

Thursday, March 19

Alain Poupart of NHL.com reported that Luongo would be back in net when the Panthers took on the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

On March 17, Poupart reported that Luongo took part in morning skate on Tuesday but that the Panthers goalie would still be out for the sixth straight game on Tuesday night:

Goalie Roberto Luongo took part in a morning skate Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury two weeks ago, but he'll miss his sixth consecutive game when the Florida Panthers face the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center.

"It's getting a lot better," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said of Luongo's right shoulder. "He's not 100 percent, but it's getting real close. It's good to take a full morning skate and hopefully that will lead to a full practice tomorrow. (He's) getting closer and getting better, but still not in tonight."

Luongo Comments on Status

Wednesday, March 11

Jameson C. Olive of Sun Sports confirmed that Luongo will miss Florida's next game vs. Winnipeg.

On March 10, Luongo commented on his status, via the Sun Sentinel. The report indicated he's "doing everything possible" to return and shared his quotes:

I wish I could tell you I was playing Thursday but at this point I just don't know.

I took a few shots on that [right side] and it's just not quite there yet. I'm making progress every day. We'll see where we're at [Wednesday]. It's tough to say right now. I have to be able to react without thinking out there and right now it's not there.

I can deal with pain but if the range [of motion] isn't there, it's going to be tough to make saves.

On March 9, George Richards of the Miami Herald reported that Luongo was on the ice working with goalie coach Rob Tallas before the Panthers' practice.  

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Luongo's injury comes at a time when backup goaltender Al Montoya has been sidelined for two weeks with a groin injury, via Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel.

Luongo Suffers Upper Body Injury, Returns in Third Period 

Tuesday, March 3

The Panthers' official PR Twitter feed indicated that the club's star netminder wouldn't return to action for the last two periods at BB&T Center.

He was seen in street clothes, but he would return to the ice just a few minutes later, as Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press pointed out: 

Luongo was forced back into action after Montoya was injured. The situation was so dire that goalie coach Rob Tallas was forced to dress. NHL author Ted Starkey passed along an image of Tallas in uniform:

CBSSports.com's Adam Gretz observed how Luongo was hurt when Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov rifled a shot on net. George Richards of the Miami Herald doesn't believe the injury is serious.

The 35-year-old had a 2.40 GAA entering Tuesday's action but sported a 23-16-11 overall record.