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Panthers place Thomas on injured reserve

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 1:29 PM / News

NHL.com

The Florida Panthers on Wednesday placed goaltender Tim Thomas on injured reserve due to a lower-body injury.

Tim Thomas
Goalie - FLA
RECORD: 2-3-0
GAA: 3.11 | SVP: 0.905
Thomas was hurt in the third period of the Panthers' game Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. With 2:59 remaining in regulation of a 2-2 game, Thomas went down to make a save and stayed on the ice in obvious discomfort. After the next whistle he skated to the Florida bench and then left the ice. He was replaced by Jacob Markstrom in what ended as a 3-2 Blackhawks shootout victory.

It was Thomas' third straight start after missing four games with a groin injury sustained during a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 8.

It's likely veteran Scott Clemmensen will be called up from the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, to split time in net with Markstrom.

Thomas returned to the NHL this fall at age 39 after sitting out last season and is 2-3-0 with a 3.11 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in six games.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round