Canucks’ Luongo throws verbal jab to Bruins’ Thomas

 

Surprisingly enough, it was Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender, Roberto Luongo, who was the center of attention, not just for his stellar Game 5 play, but also for some curious comments made towards his counterpart Tim Thomas. Luongo who made 31 saves in a 1-0 victory, said in relation to the Canucks goal,  that if he was Thomas he would have played the goal differently and made what should have been an easy save. On the goal, which put the Canucks one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup. Thomas over committed to a point shot from Kevin Bieksa and as a result wasn’t in position when  Maxim Lapierre pounced on the huge rebound that came off the endboards.  “It’s not hard if you’re playing in the paint. It’s an easy save for me, but if you’re wandering out and aggressive like he does, that’s going to happen,” Luongo who allowed 12 goals in Game 3 and 4 said. “He might make some saves that I won’t, but in a case like that, we want to take advantage of a bounce like that and make sure we’re in a good position to bury those.” Thomas, who is the odds on favourite to win the Vezina Trophy this year, had a 24 save performance and has been stellar all season long in allowing only six goals in five games. A day later at the Vancouver airport Luongo wasn’t backing down on his comments. “I said also that he might make some saves that I don’t, so I’m just saying on that particular play I would’ve played it different, and that’s the difference between me and him,” said Luongo, trying to speak over hundreds of fans chanting ‘Luongo, Luongo!’ at Vancouver International Airport. “I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started. I haven’t heard any one nice thing he’s had to say about me, so that’s the way it is.”

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