Second time lucky: Luongo returns to Panthers, blanks Sabres

6:17 AM, Mar 8, 2014   |    comments
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Sunrise, FL ( - Roberto Luongo stopped all 25 shots he faced in his reintroduction to Florida, helping the Panthers record a 2-0 victory over Buffalo on Friday.

Luongo was acquired in a shocking deal from the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday for goaltender Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias. He spent five seasons with the club from 2000-06, earning two of his six All-Star nods and winning a franchise-record 108 games.

He extended his own franchise mark with his 27th whitewash and 66th career shutout in the winning effort.

Jesse Winchester and Dmitry Kulikov netted a power-play goal each for the Panthers, who returned home after losing twice on their three-game road swing.

Acquired at the deadline from the Capitals, Michal Neuvirth made a splash in his debut with 42 saves for the Sabres, who lost for the second time in their last six.

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