Panthers' Tim Thomas exits game vs. Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas left Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period after surrendering two goals in the first 7:31 of play.

The team later announced Thomas suffered a lower-body injury and would not return to the game.

He was replaced by netminder Jacob Markstrom after heading down the visitor's walkway to the dressing room following Braydon Coburn's first-period goal.

Thomas, who took a hiatus from hockey last year to spend more time with his family, joined the Panthers during training camp on a professional tryout before inking a one-year deal.

The 39-year-old former Conn Smythe Trophy winner has given up nine goals over three starts. He was yanked after allowing five in the Panthers' 7-0 shutout loss to the Blues Saturday night.