Making his first start as a Florida Panther since 2006, goaltender Roberto Luongo not only led his team to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Buffalo Sabres, but also gave South Florida a taste of what life with an elite goaltender can be like.
Luongo, 34, stopped all 25 Sabres’ shots he faced and in doing so gave the Panthers their first shutout victory since March 11, 2012 when Jose Theodore blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0.
“It was nice,” Luongo said of his debut. “It was a great reception right from the start of the game. I thought the boys played really well. I was really impressed by the speed that we generated. The future is very promising.”