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Tim Thomas pulled after second period with Panthers trailing Penguins

Nov 30, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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Tim Thomas didn’t have his best night for the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

The veteran 39-year-old goaltender started against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but wasn’t on the ice for the third period after allowing four goals only 13 shots through 40 minutes. That’s a .692 save percentage.

He was making his 11th consecutive start in goal for Florida.

The Penguins, as a result, jumped out to a 4-1 lead heading into the final period. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh.

Scott Clemmensen came into the game for the Panthers.

  1. steelers88 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Good win by the Penguins. They are starting to look like the old Penguins. They are starting to score goals. Zatkoff played well tonight. I also like how the young players are playing, like Megna, Despres, Connor, and Ebett. I wonder when everyone is healthy if Despres will go back to AHL? His playing pretty well. I’m guessing it would come down to Despres, Bortuzzo, and Matta.

    • killerpgh - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      Connor turns 30 in December.

    • claysbar - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Probably Despres, he doesn’t have to pass through waivers. Bortuzzo would have to be subject to waivers and Matta is too young to play in the AHL till next year I believe.

    • joey4id - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Never judge the quality of your team after playing against one of the weakest team’s in the league. This is not a team they will have to beat on the road to the SCF. If you’re the Panthers, then go ahead and measure yourself against one of the best teams to assess where you are and determine where you need to be.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    @Steelers88 If I’m correct I believe Maatta can’t go to the AHL. Despres would go back to the minors.

  3. steelers88 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I feel like the Penguins don’t really have a need for Despres either than a depth defenseman. He reminds of Ben Lovejoy. I think the Pens should trade him so he can be a everyday player.

    • c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      hes not even close to being like ben lovejoy. I’m not saying lovejoy is crap but despres is a much different player and a much better player.

      you not trade guys so they can play more somewhere else, not when they are more valuable on your own roster.

    • claysbar - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Despres has shown huge improvement in his defensive side of the game and it has shown, not just in the AHL, but in his play after the call up. I hate to say it but the only thing keeping Engelland on the team is the fact that he will/can play forward.

  4. steelers88 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    71 nearly looked like 66 tonight.

  5. whammy71 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Looks like “Geno the Machine-O” is getting into beast mode! Good times ahead!

  6. steelers88 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    The Panthers are so bad. What a terrible franchise. They are the new Thrashers.

  7. steelers88 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Yeah but his better than a depth defenseman and there really isn’t a spot for him on the team to play everyday when everyone is healthy. The problem is if you don’t play him a lot it’s going to stunt his growth as a NHL player. His defiantly to good to be a depth defenseman but I just don’t see a spot in the lineup for him to play.

  8. steelers88 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    But the thing is when everyone is healthy either Matta or Despres will not be playing. They both need to play a significant amount of games to get experience and grow as hockey players. I guess I would send down Despres so he can play in every game.

  9. steelers88 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    The Penguins didn’t really play all that good last night. They were outshot pretty badly. They just made the most of their opportunities.

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