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Crisis in Florida as Both Goalies Suffer Injuries

Crisis in Florida as Both Goalies Suffer Injuries

First, Roberto Luongo took a shot to the side of the head in the first period and left the game.

Then, Al Montoya was scored on early in the third period and the unthinkable happened. He came up lame.

The thirty minutes that followed set Twitter ablaze and sent the Panthers brass into panic mode.

Who was going to play goal? There’s no way that Montoya could play injured!

Luongo was already in street clothes by that time, and since he was injured as well, they had to find somebody else.

First it was Scottie Upshall that went to the dressing room, then it was Derek MacKenzie. With Montoya labouring in pain on the ice, the player that emerged from the tunnel in goalie gear turned out to be a total surprise.

Goaltending coach Robb Tallas was in the building, got fully dressed in a lightning fast 20 minutes, and was ready to go.

Despite not having played in the NHL in over FOURTEEN years, Tallas had a custom Panthers mask at the ready.

To the dismay of viewers everywhere, Tallas did not end up entering the game. Luongo re-dressed himself and was able to finish the game out, eventually losing 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Understanding that the Panthers are in the midst of a battle for a playoff spot, it’s still hard to believe that the team would choose to play an injured goaltender.

Montoya was clearly struggling on every shot, and Luongo was injured enough to leave the game earlier. Tallas was ready for two or three whistles prior to Luongo coming back, but the decision was made to not allow Tallas into the game.

For his troubles? Tallas will earn an extra $500 by signing a professional tryout agreement.

If that wasn’t crazy enough, the last time that Tallas suited up as an emergency backup was exactly two years ago to the day.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.

1 Comment

  1. Paul Ipolito

    Where was the EBUG?