After Roberto Luongo posted a shutout in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, moving the Canucks to within one win of Cup glory, he opened his mouth and questioned Tim Thomas' goaltending style. Shortly thereafter, he inserted his foot.
Now, Luongo has said that he regrets the comments he made about Thomas and the media buzz that followed.
"If I could do it again, I wouldn't say it," Luongo said in a recent interview with Radio-Canada.ca, as translated on the popular Canucks blog CanucksArmy. "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."
Luongo, of course, said after Vancouver's Game 5 win that the lone goal scored against Thomas — netted by Maxim Lapierre — would have been an easy save for himself.
"It's not hard if you're playing in the paint," he said of Lapierre's goal. "It's an easy save for me.
"If you're wandering out and aggressive like he is, that's gonna happen. He might make some saves that I won't but in cases, like that, we wanna take advantage of bounces like that and make sure we're in position to bury those."
Luongo later went on to state that he had been pumping Thomas' tires all series, but that the Bruins netminder had yet to compliment him in return.
So not only did Thomas get the last laugh after guiding the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory, earning Conn Smythe honors and being awarded the Vezina Trophy, but now he has Luongo taking back his comments.
Well played, Timmy.