Panthers G Theodore injured early vs. Hurricanes

Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore has left the game against

the Carolina Hurricanes just over two minutes in with an apparent

leg injury.

Theodore, the 2002 NHL MVP with Montreal, kicked out his right

pad to stop Jussi Jokinen on a 2-on-1 rush and immediately crumpled

to the ice on the rebound attempt.

He was replaced by Scott Clemmensen after only 2:22 had elapsed,

and a Panthers official said Theodore wouldn’t return to the

game.

Theodore (4-6-3) entered play Saturday night with a 3.30 goals

against average and an .892 save percentage. Last season, a knee

injury forced Theodore to be sidelined over two stretches of

time.