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Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 7:24 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Roberto Luongo would like a mulligan.

He'd probably take one for the entire postseason (specifically the Chicago series after which he had a hard time recuperating his image), but his remarks this week were regarding his comment about Tim Thomas during the middle of the Stanley Cup Final.

"If I could do it again, I wouldn't say it," Luongo said in an interview with Radio-Canada.ca. "I didn't want to create the buzz that it did. After the fifth game, I had never been so emotional and I got carried away."

You remember it, when Luongo was pumping Timmy's tires?

After Thomas was caught too high in the crease, leaving the net open for Maxim Lapierre on a rebound off the back board to score the game-winning goal, Luongo was asked his thoughts on the Thomas' style.

"It's not hard [to stop] if you're playing in the paint," he said in his postgame conference. "It's an easy save for me, but if you're wandering out, that's going to happen."

He followed it up to admitting that Thomas makes saves that Luongo won't, too. It was a sound bite that drew an incredible amount of attention, but I was never exactly sure why. It was rather harmless, especially considering Luongo was asked to comment on it, he didn't just offer it at his own volition. Nonetheless, it hung over the Finals for Games 6 and 7, both Boston wins.

If you want to hear the whole interview, you better understand French. If so, here's where you can listen.

H/t to ESPN Boston

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

I never got why the comments recieved so much pub, except for the fact they were made in the finals. To me all Luongo really said was that goalies have different styles. He stays in the paint and therefore would have stopped the particular shot that Thomas let by. Thomas plays more aggressive out of the paint and stops shots that may get get by Luongo. He was just pointing out different styles of play.  I like both goalies and think both are top-tier goalies capable of stopping shots from just about anywhere.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:27 am
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

Luongo, Thomas has two words for you...........



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:25 am
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

Luongo, Thomas has two words for you................



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:41 am
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

I'm a B's fan and I totally agree with your comment.  I don't quite get all the Luongo bashing around the NHL.  The guy is a fantastic goalie!  Top 5 for sure.  Has been for 8 years and will be for another 3-5.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:00 am
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

Following Louongo is going to be even more entertaining this season.   It'll be even more amuzing if he has a slow start.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

The comments were stupid... PERIOD.  I found it fitting that HE was actually the goalie who lost out and (arguably) cost his team the Cup.  Luongo needs to shut his mouth and take a lesson or two from the humble, positive, and soft-spoken Thomas.  The right goalie won this series. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

 That comment was overblown, bigtime. I'm sure he regrets saying it, simply because he wasn't expecting people to react to it like they did. What he said was correct, he wasn't saying Thomas was a bad goalie, or that he's a better goalis, he just said that goalies who wander get burned with those goals, it's a fact. Other than that he had nothing but good things to say about TThomas. Give it a rest guys, let's not forget that thet the Canucks went to the Cup finals with him in net. He's still a great goalie and easily top 5 in the league IMO.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

Eh - cut him some slack.  its the playoffs, its intense, its emotional, and thousands of professionals say things they regret.  The guy is a great goalie.  Tim was just better that series.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

There was nothing wrong with the original comment to begin with. Roberto was just commenting on how it's an easy save for a goalie who would normally stay in the paint.. that's it that's all.  He then went on to say as stated that thomas makes saves he can't make.  Journalism at it's best here people.  Roberto Loungo... as much as he chokes.... is still a good dude in my books.. and was in no way trying to show up Thomas IMO


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