Florida Panthers’ goalie Roberto Luongo officially claimed fifth place on the NHL’s wins list with the Panthers 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils Monday night.
The 37- year-old has been tied with Terry Sawchuk for fifth place since December 20th, 2016 due to injury and unfortunate slide of the Panthers in December.
After securing the tie with Sawchuk, Luongo then lost his next three starts and was forced to sit out the past two games due to an upper-body injury, however Monday night, Luongo came back with a bang and collected 28 saves.
“[Luongo] was terrific, and we’re really happy for him,” Panthers coach Tom Rowe said. “It shows the longevity of what he’s done. He’s an incredibly professional individual, and we’re all really happy for him. It’s an incredible milestone.”
Though fans are excited about Luongo’s 448th win, Luongo says he’s more worried about playing good every night and getting to the Stanley cup.
“Right now, I want to get some wins; our goal is to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so that’s what my focus is on 100 percent,” Luongo said.
“The other things will take care of itself and we’ll reflect on them once all is said and done. But I think as a group we have one goal in mind and that’s to play good every night and keep collecting some points and get back into this thing.”
The Panthers are now prepping to take on New York Islanders at Barclays Center in New York, Wednesday at 7:00pm.