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Ekblad may be partially responsible for Montoya’s injury

Goaltending has played a significant role in the Florida Panthers’ rise this season, and that’s not limited to Roberto Luongo’s strong work.

Al Montoya is quietly putting together a fantastic season as a backup, but that’s in danger now, as Montoya won’t return because of an upper-body injury.

The Panthers didn’t elaborate any further regarding how serious this issue might be.

Montoya was hurt in a collision with Marco Scandella that some might blame on Panthers sophomore Aaron Ekblad.

Here it is in GIF form:

If Montoya misses a significant amount of time, it will be interesting to see how the Panthers react: either going within their organization or looking to a trade/waiver pickup to provide security behind Luongo.

Of course, this could also just be a minor issue.