Tim Thomas suffers pulled groin

PHILADELPHIA -- Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas left Tuesday's game against the Flyers in the first period with a pulled groin.

He did not return. He surrendered two goals in the first 7:31 of play and the Panthers lost 2-1.

Thomas was replaced by Jacob Markstrom after taking off down the visitor's walkway to the dressing room following Braydon Coburn's 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 in three starts. He was yanked after allowing five in the Panthers' 7-0 shutout loss to the Blues Saturday night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.