Thomas brushes off Luongo's comments


BOSTON -- Goalie-gate went into Day 3 with the media eagerly awaiting the reaction of Tim Thomas to Roberto Luongo's much-publicized comments about Thomas' style.

"I did hear about what he said, but I don't really want to go into that," Thomas said Sunday. "My focus is on what I can do to help my team win going into Game 6 here. It's obviously a must-win game and I think it's important for our whole team to focus on that game and what we can do on the ice."

The Bruins' star netminder held court at his own news conference at TD Garden -- that's how much attention Luongo's comment from Friday night has received. Unless you were living under a rock this weekend, the Canucks goalie said Thomas makes a lot of saves but that Luongo himself would have likely stopped the lone goal in Friday's Game 5 because he doesn't come out of his net like Thomas does.

Luongo didn't back down Saturday before traveling to Boston, telling reporters he said what he said and it's not like Thomas has said anything nice about him anyway. "I have been pumping his 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," Luongo said.

Thomas still didn't have anything nice to say about Luongo on Sunday.

"I guess I didn't realize it was my job to pump his tires," Thomas said to a room full of laughter. "I guess I have to apologize for that. I still think I'm the goaltender on the union side and I stick with all the other goalies. In being one and knowing what it takes to perform at this level and with this amount of pressure, I understand to a certain extent what every other goaltender is going through. I guess that's that."

Luongo again spoke to reporters Sunday and said his original comments weren't meant to be negative.

"I know we're in the Stanley Cup final and everything is under the microscope and going to get blown out of proportion," Luongo told reporters. "Obviously, my whole comment, I don't think was a negative comment if you take the whole comment. But at the end of the day, you know what, I'm one win away from winning the Stanley Cup and that's all I really care about right now. All the other stuff is noise to me."

Said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault during his availability in French: "If you look at the comment as a whole, what he said was flattering toward Thomas, but you guys [in the media] took only the part that made it a headline."

OK, let's all move on now. As Thomas pointed out, there's a big game Monday night.