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Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 4:49 pm

It's not quite the NBA's cough controversy, but it doesn't mean it's not as overblown.

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is facing some criticism for his comments after Game 5 about Maxim Lapierre's goal and a comparison he made between himself and Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

Luongo was asked how difficult it is to play a shot off the endboard, the way Thomas surrendered the only goal of the game. Here's his response that is drawing a stink.

"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. 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."

The comment drew a somewhat strong reaction from the Bruins on Saturday. 

"Yeah I am surprised," Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. "Obviously it’s something he said, you would have to talk to him about it. But we all know the qualities Timmy Tim Thomas has. We all know he’s one of the best goalies in the league so."

Adds Bruins forward Chris Kelly: "Obviously, he is good goalie, we all know that. It’s unfortunate that he is commenting on another good goalie's performance. I don’t think Timmy has commented on his style. So obviously Timmy has been unbelievable for us. So you know, we wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for him so that’s really all you can say about that."

A lot of people are taking that first part as a shot against Thomas from Lu. Those that see that are looking too hard for dirt, if you ask me. Luongo admits that because of their respective styles of play, one can make saves more easily than the other and vice versa.

Much has been made in these Finals about Thomas' aggressive approach to the game, especially after he was caught being too aggressive on Alex Burrows' game-winning goal in Game 2. We all know the guy is unconventional, but it's worked out pretty well for him.

Not much to see here.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 6:04 am

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

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Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 14, 2011 2:47 am

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

He shouldnt have offered any opinion at all, he should have shut up, gave a couple cliches and waited until the series was over to give his thoughts.
Luongo is an idiot, this is a guy who had a "C" on his chest.
Yzerman, Lidstrom, Gretzky, Brodeur St.Louis never would have tried to critique another teams player during a series. Messier wouldnt have either, he just would have garenteed victory and backed it up.

Luongo like the idiot he is, opened his mouth in a honest way and the Bruins heard it and PUNISHED him and his team for it.
Better believe tonights start was about backs against the wall and having to read and see Luongo yammering about Thomas.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:13 am

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

Stubits  (the author) is from Tacoma, WA... near enough to Canuck country, so of course, he sees the good in Luongo's harmless statmements... More bias from CBS d-bag bloggers.

Personally, I say STFU and try to survive the 1st period, Luongo. 

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:45 pm

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

If he had been talking about Game one I would agree, however Game 5 goal was not the same. STFU Luongo, you haven't won anything and even if YOUR TEAM wins you the Cup, TT will still be the Conn Smythe Winner.

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:37 pm

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

Gotta try something,anything.You`ve got to remember,Greg Campbells a hard,clean hockey player,but his old man Collin hires and fires the guys calling the games.Not the kids fault,but the fact remains,his old man`s in charge of a peoples lively hoods.People who are in charge of some pretty "iffy" calls so far and some very evident non-calls for Boston.No,i`m not a Vancouver fan,i`m a hockey fan.I just want to see a good series.But so far,i`ve seen some pretty lopsided officiating,especially the non-calls in favour of Boston

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:26 pm

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

"BORING. Quit boring eerybody."...." I dont know about you Brain, but I am outta here."

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:07 pm

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

The article closes out with "Not much to see here." Then why write the article in the first place? Stupid media trying to stir up controversy.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:40 pm

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

Flipper...that was a stupid ass remark and baseless. You want to take a handful of canadian born hockey player's and have Ontario of all places take credit for the Bruins winning. What a total Douche statement. Here's an Idea, since your from Ontario, you must be a Leafs fan. Since you are, shouldn't you be more concerned how your team SUCKS!!! I'm sorry, my memory can get a little foggy once in a while. But when again was the last time the Leafs won the Cup or for that matter, did anything USEFULL in the playoffs. Remember those things that go on after the regular season. That's right, your caught up with what other teams can do and not your own. You must be a little angry still that you gave up soooo much for Phil Kessel. What a clown. Here's a nickels worth of free advice, take up another team and stop being so bitter for what the Leafs will never EVER have again, a STANLEY CUP. Only clowns try to take credit for others accomplishments. So Flipper, why don't you take your credit and stick it where the Leaf don't shine.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:25 pm

Luongo's Thomas comments drawing undue criticism

Here's a thought. If Tim Thomas or any other Goaltender wants to make a save like those of the backboards, then saty in your freakin' crease. It ain't that difficult. But Thomas' style is all over the place. He's not a stand up goalie, nor is he a butterfly goalie. There is no rhyme or reason for half the things he does, which is why he has so many crazy ass saves. If he were a "position" goalie, half of those saves would look like standard saves. But thats not him. If there is a goalie he could be compared to over the years, personally i'd say Domonik Hasek. I don't think that Luongo was knocking Thomas a goaltender, who could(Vezina Candidate) but rather just stating what everyone knows by watching Tim play goal, stay in position and this wouldn't have happened.

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