Roberto Luongo regrets the comments he made about Tim Thomas during the Stanley Cup Final, according to an interview with Radio-Canada at a golf tournament he hosted in Quebec on Tuesday.
The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Bruins in Game 5 after Maxim LaPierre scored off a rebound while Thomas was outside of the paint. Following his team's 10 victory, Luongo criticized Thomas's style of play.
When asked if he regretted what he said, Luongo admitted that he did.
Translated from radio-canada.ca:
Yes, definitely," he said. "If I could do it over again, I wouldn't say it. I didn't think it would create that kind of buzz. After Game 5, I've never been that emotional and I got carried away.
"It's not hard if you're playing in the paint," Luongo said after that game. "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."
In response to the backlash against his original assertion, Luongo defended himself by saying that he had been "pumping Thomas's tires ever since the series started. I haven't heard one nice thing he had to say about me. That's the way it is."
Thomas shrugged the comments off, expressing that he didn't realize it was his job to "pump Luongo's tires."
Luongo's words did not hurt Thomas's play as he allowed two goals in the third period of a 52 win in Game 6 and then shut the Canucks out of Game 7 to bring the Stanley Cup to Boston.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.
*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.