NHL notes: Roberto Luongo suffers lower-body injury

Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks reacts after being hurt during play against the Boston...

Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks reacts after being hurt during play against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at Rogers Arena on December 14, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

Vancouver Canucks goaltender and Olympic hopeful Roberto Luongo left Sunday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets with a lower-body injury.

Eddie Lack took over goaltending duties at 16:30 of the first period, and earned a 2-1 victory.

"He had a conversation with Bernie (head athletic trainer Mike Burnstein) a shift or two before, one of the timeouts, but I didn't know (he was hurt)," Tortorella told NHL.com. "It surprised me."

The Canucks are off until next Sunday when they face the Calgary Flames in Alberta.

Luongo is 16-9-6 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.

HERTL UNDER KNIFE

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will have surgery next week on his right knee and is expected to miss more than a month of action.

The rookie suffered the injury following a knee-on-knee hit from Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown last Thursday.

"There are a couple of different things we're looking at," Sharks GM Doug Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News on Saturday. "I think the MRI shows something, and probably going in at some point will probably reveal the rest."

A return date for Hertl is expected to be announced after the surgery takes place.

On the season, Hertl leads all rookies in goals with 15 and points with 25.

WEISS HAS SURGERY

Stephen Weiss is on his way to a full recovery after having sports hernia surgery Monday in Philadelphia.

The timetable for his return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup is expected to be after the Olympic break, possibly Feb. 26 against Montreal.

"The doctors are calling it a core muscle injury," Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive.com. "The doctor said 6-8 weeks, but with the Olympic break we're shooting for him to play right after the Olympics."

Meanwhile, the Wings reassigned forward Jordin Tootoo to Grand Rapids of the AHL and activated Gustav Nyquist after he missed three games with a groin injury.

Also, forward Justin Abdelkader has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion but won't return to the lineup until Saturday in Florida.

BRIEFLY: Zach Parise was held out of the Minnesota Wild lineup Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers due to a lower-body injury ... Alex Tanguay, out since Nov. 6, might resume skating after the Christmas break, head coach Patrick Roy told NHL.com ... St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene were named the NHL's Three Stars for the week.

 


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