By Mike McMahon
Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Carolina after Hurricanes winger Radek Dvorak barreled into him.
Luongo finished the period but did not return. Dan Ellis took over net duties for the Panthers the rest of the way.
According to the Panthers' PR department, the move was simply precautionary,
Dvorak was handed a five-minute major penalty for charging along with a game-misconduct.