When General Manager Dale Tallon signed Tim Thomas a 39-year-old goalie who was playing Mr. Mom for the previous 17 months instead of hockey he had to know it was risky business.

He's also been around long enough to know that coming into a sold-out hostile building of an 0-3 Flyers' squad that fired its coach the day before would be an even riskier proposition.

Combine those risks with the Panthers' continuing futility on the power play and it all added up to a hard-fought 2-1 loss Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center as well as a plane ride to Tampa with questions surrounding the health of their starting goalie.

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said Thomas sustained a ''slightly pulled groin'' while unsuccessfully trying to stop the second of two early Flyers' goals that were both set up by fluky caroms off the rubbery end boards. After the game Thomas walked to the bus without a limp.

Backup Jacob Markstrom came in at 7:31 of the first and was outstanding while stopping all 13 shots he faced.

"You hate to see anyone get hurt. … You got to be ready to play'' Markstrom said.

With back-to-back games coming against the Lightning on Thursday and the Penguins in Florida's home opener on Friday Dineen said that veteran goalie Scott Clemmensen will be called up from their AHL affiliate in San Antonio.

Clemmensen who was sent to San Antonio at the start of the season to get a couple of rehabilitation starts (preseason knee surgery) made 24 of 25 saves in a Rampage win on Saturday.

"We're not displeased with the way we played the game but … we need to find a way to finish those and turn those momentum pushes into some offense and eventually that turns into points'' Dineen said.

"It's a little early for moral victories; we're looking for points and make sure we're headed in the right direction.''