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Thomas allows one goal in his Panthers preseason debut

Sep 26, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT


Tim Thomas made his Florida Panthers preseason debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night and seemed to acquit himself pretty nicely.

“It felt good for being the first time in a game-like atmosphere for 15 months,” Thomas told the Miami Herald’s George Richards.

The 39-year-old stopped nine out of 10 shots before being replaced halfway through the second period by Jacob Markstrom. His only blemish came when Tyler Johnson scored a power-play goal.

Thomas’ presence was pretty much a last-second announcement, which might in part explain why the announced attendance at Germain arena was just 3,451.

The Lightning ended up winning 3-2 in OT, but even that came with a promising bit for Florida, as Jonathan Huberdeau scored both of his team’s goals.

It’s obviously just a small taste in a meaningless game, but Thomas and the Panthers should be happy that it was a solid enough performance.

(Thomas photo via the Panthers.)

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    What is that equipment? Is he going for the Arturs Irbe look?

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Glad to see him get the chance

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Roughly 3500 people in attendance is quite impressive I must say.

  4. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Strangely enough, all 3, 450 in attendance were just lost.

  5. hockey412 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Germain is a tiny place….but you’d think they’d be able to get more than that. Ouch. Good to see Thomas did well, though.

  6. matt14gg - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I’m guessing TT is hoping to get and extended audition with the Panthers and then get traded to a contender at the deadline. Florida is a bad team, but it’s a good opportunity for Timmy to work through the rust in a place where not many people are going to notice or care. Good luck to him, but finishing his career on a bad Florida team would be kind of an anticlimactic way to end his career.

  7. thailer35 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    He has a no movement clause.

  8. grudenthediva - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Would’ve been ten out of ten if not for that damn Obummer, right Tim?

  9. timsabourin - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    cut his ass

  10. theskinsman - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Good for TT. I hope he has a great season.

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