Canucks goalie Luongo day-to-day with rib injury

Updated: December 12, 2007, 12:53 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre from Manitoba in the AHL on Tuesday to replace injured Roberto Luongo.

A rib injury prevented Luongo from playing Monday night in Los Angeles. Luongo, runner-up for the Hart and Vezina Trophies last season, suffered the rib injury after a hard shot found a gap in his equipment Dec. 2 against Minnesota.

The 24-year-old MacIntyre has not played in the NHL. He is 11-4-1 with one shutout, a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in the AHL.

Backup goalie Curtis Sanford, who had his first loss in four starts Monday, is expected to carry the load in Luongo's absence. Vancouver plays in Anaheim on Wednesday and in San Jose on Thursday.

Despite aggravating the rib again in Chicago on Wednesday, Luongo played against Pittsburgh on Saturday, but said it got worse during the game. He couldn't finish warm-ups on Monday.

Luongo is 13-10-3 with four shutouts and fifth in the NHL with a 2.12 goal-against average and .925 save percentage.


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