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Roberto Luongo being ‘evaluated’ after leaving game in first period

Dec 22, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

Interest in the goaltending situations for the Vancouver Canucks and Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team has just increased.

Canucks’ starting goaltender Roberto Luongo left the ice and went to the dressing room during the first period of Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. According to the team’s official Twitter account, Luongo is currently being “evaluated” by the team’s medical staff.

Eddie Lack had to come into the game.

According to the Associated Press, Luongo was involved in a goal-mouth collision with Jets’ forward Blake Wheeler earlier in the period.

Luongo, 34, is in his eighth season with the Canucks. He also backstopped Canada to a gold medal in men’s hockey at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He was also in the running to be named to the 2014 Olympic squad.

So far this season, he has a 16-9-6 record, .919 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average.

There were numerous reports via Twitter that perhaps Luongo had suffered a groin injury of some sort.

Luongo has had groin injuries in the past – in one instance, he missed 24 games in the 2008-09 season with a groin injury.

  1. statsdolie - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    So what exactly happened that he’s being evaluated or is that not relevant?

    • devilsarethebest - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Just left during a TV timeout.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Adds lack to fantasy team*

  3. spitfisher - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Is it possible he is just out getting his tires pumped up by Tim Thomas?

  4. canada2014gold - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Har Har Har another tire pumping joke. How original

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