Last night, during the Florida Panthers game against the Philadelphia Flyers, goaltender Tim Thomas left the game in the first period for unknown reasons. He only played the first 7:31 of the game, but allowed the Flyers to score twice. Initial thoughts were that Thomas had either a possible equipment malfunction, or some kind of injury. It turns out it was the latter of the two.
The 39-year-old suffered a pulled groin in Tuesday night’s game. Keep in mind that Thomas has only played the past three games with the Florida Panthers; they signed him to a one year deal this past off season.
Guarding the net in his place on Tuesday, was Jacob Markstrom. Although down the whole game, Markstrom was able to prevent any more pucks from going into the net, as he had 25 saves on the night.
The Philadelphia Flyers would ultimately get the win, however, with a score of 2-1. The win was Craig Berube’s first ever win, as he started his coaching debut last night. Berube replaced Peter Laviolette, who was fired by the Flyers after just the first three games of the season.
Currently, there is no time table for Thomas’ return, but the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner will surely be looking to get back in the creases as soon as possible.