Tim Thomas can clearly still play. He’s been strong for the Florida Panthers whenever he’s been in net and has been a steadying influence in the locker room. When he’s been in net is the operative phrase here though, as Thomas has already battled injuries early in this 2013-14 season.
Jacob Markstrom was forced into the game late on Tuesday night with less than three minutes to go as Thomas appeared to tweak something in his leg.
Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas left the game vs. #Blackhawks with a leg injury. Jacob Markstrom is on in relief.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) October 23, 2013
Markstrom entered the game cold and made a massive save on Patrick Sharp to preserve the tie that the Panthers had fought back in the third period to secure. They scored two goals in the final frame to knot the game up 2-2 and managed to take the defending Cup Champions to overtime while grabbing a point.
The cost could be high though, as Thomas is the backbone of this young team right now. No timetable is known for his return yet, but they’ll have to count on 23 year-old Markstrom until Thomas can find a way to stay healthy for more than six or seven consecutive periods.