Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas was activated from injured reserve Saturday and played against the Ottawa Senators the same afternoon, as tweeted by John Shannon of Rogers Sportsnet. He was out with a leg injury and played in his first game since October 22.
Thomas allowed two goals within the game’s first three minutes. The team fell behind early and he wasn’t able to bail the Panthers out despite playing well in the game’s final 57 minutes. He finished the game with 29 saves on 32 shots.
This game marked the debut of new head coach Peter Horachek, after Kevin Dineen and his staff were relieved of their duties. While Thomas has been out, the Panthers have dropped to second-last in the Atlantic Division, ahead of only the Buffalo Sabres. With the loss on Saturday to the Senators, the team has not won in eight straight games. They now play on Sunday against the New York Rangers.
Scott Clemmensen was Thomas’ backup on Saturday. Jacob Markstrom was a healthy scratch. It appears Markstrom will be sent back to the AHL.