Luongo Makes 28 Saves as Panthers Beat Devils


Published on January 10 2017 6:14 am
Last Updated on January 10 2017 6:14 am


Roberto Luongo didn't get too excited after his latest shutout and historic victory. He is more concerned with getting the Florida Panthers back in the Stanley Cup playoff race.

Luongo made 28 saves for his 448th career win to pass Terry Sawchuk for fifth place in NHL history, leading the Panthers to a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

"I want to get some wins and our goal is to make the playoffs," said Luongo, who posted his 73rd career shutout. "That's what my focus is on, 100 percent."

Luongo, tops among active goalies in shutouts, got his first of the season to move three behind Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for ninth all-time. Retired Devils great Martin Brodeur holds the NHL record with 125.

"We're really happy for him," said general manager and interim coach Tom Rowe. "It shows the longevity of what he's done and how he's gone about his business. An incredibly professional individual."

Reilly Smith, Jussi Jokinen and Vincent Trocheck scored for Florida, which won for the third time in five games and moved four points behind Philadelphia for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

New Jersey was shut out for the third time this season, and for the first time at home since a 1-0 loss to Washington last March 25. Cory Schneider finished with 26 saves for the Devils, who lost their third straight.

Monday, January 9  Scoreboard

Florida 3, New Jersey 0

Washington 4, Montreal 1

Winnipeg 2, Calgary 0

Dallas 6, Los Angeles 4

Tuesday, January 10 Schedule (All Times Central)

Philadelphia at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

Columbus at Carolina, 6 p.m.

Boston at St. Louis, 7 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Anaheim, 9 p.m.