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Banged-up Panthers call up 2 goalies

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Dan Ellis has not logged a single minute in the NHL all season. And he might now be the key to the Florida Panthers' postseason hopes.

The Panthers will be without goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya for at least one game and possibly longer after both got hurt against Toronto on Tuesday night, setting off a chain-reaction of unplanned and downright bizarre events in the Florida dressing room.

So Wednesday, practice was delayed a few minutes so new goalies could get there. Ellis was called up from San Antonio of the AHL, and Sam Brittain was summoned from the team's ECHL affiliate in Cincinnati - making him the third player to go from that level right to the NHL, according to STATS.

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Rank Player +/-
1 M. Pacioretty, Mon36
2 N. Kucherov, TB32
3 T. Johnson, TB30
4t O. Palat, TB27
4t V. Tarasenko, StL27
6 M. Hoffman, Ott25
7t T. Brodie, Cgy24
7t R. Nash, NYR24
9t R. Strome, NYI23
9t J. Toews, Chi23
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Rank Player W
1 C. Price, Mon36
2 P. Rinne, Nsh35
3 J. Halak, NYI33
4t B. Bishop, TB31
4t B. Holtby, Was31
6 F. Andersen, Anh30
7 M. Fleury, Pit29
8 R. Miller, Van28
9t K. Lehtonen, Dal26
9t J. Quick, LA26
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