Luongo on the Shelf!

Approximately five minutes into Saturday night’s road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canuck fans from all around the globe were holding their collective breath, as the Canucks MVP Roberto Luongo was lying on the ice in great pain.

This butterfly goalie who earlier this year set a career record by not allowing a goal in 2:42:36 minutes of play, was injured after making a pad save and in the process suffering what has been called an adductor strain.

“This is the first time I’ve had an injury like this,” said Luongo who was replaced by Curtis Sanford in what was a 3-1 Canucks win. “I kind of knew it wasn’t as bad but you never know until you get the MRI.” “I was happy to hear the results.”

Luongo, who is also the team captain, and undisputed leader, admitted to being concerned and thinking the worst when he was being helped off by a couple of his teammates

“Once you’re in that kind of pain, you always think of the worst right away,” said Luongo who has a 11-5-2 record with a tidy 2.18 GAA.  “For the first 24 hours there, I was pretty worried”  “Once I got up on Sunday and was able to come over to the rink and was able to walk and stuff like that, I realized maybe it wasn’t as bad as I first thought.”

 With this injury, Sanford will get his opportunity to show what he can

“You hate to see your teammate got down on the ice like that; he’s the biggest part of our team,” said Sanford. “But we’re going to have to move past that and we’re going to have to play some games without him in there.”

The Canucks have called up young Cory Schneider to back up Sanford.