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Devils chase Panthers’ Luongo with five-goal barrage

Roberto Luongo

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo falls backwards onto the ice in the third period of a hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Sunrise, Fla. The Blue Jackets defeated the Panthers 3-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


It’s all over for Roberto Luongo tonight, aside from maybe a sardonic Tweet or two.

The New Jersey Devils chased the Florida Panthers goalies with five goals on just 14 shots on goal, ending Luongo’s night just 2:59 into the second period.

Many believed Luongo might be gone after the Panthers fell behind 4-0 entering the first intermission, with Damon Severson’s first NHL goal coming with a little less than 30 seconds remaining in the opening frame:

The 35-year-old made it out for the second period, yet a Ryane Clowe 5-0 goal ended his evening quite early.

Luongo might produce some self-mockery, but the fans greeted his backup with a variation of a Bronx cheer:

It seems like the Miami Herald’s George Richards can give Luongo the day off, really:

The Devils scored six goals in a win against the Philadelphia Flyers, so they’re off to a hot offensive start so far.

Update: As embarrassed as Luongo must be, the Panthers probably feel even worse:


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