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Tim Thomas: ‘I didn’t realize it was my job to pump [Roberto Luongo’s] tires’

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas [1] finally got in on the fun Sunday, providing the media with the closest thing he’ll give to partcipation in a war of of words with Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo [2]. Thomas has allowed a minuscule six goals in five games of the Stanley Cup [3] finals, yet its been Luongo’s opinion of his style that has made the most headlines. After saying he would have saved the Maxim Lapierre [4] shot that won the game for the Canucks in Game 5, Luongo noted Saturday that he has praised Thomas without hearing anything back.

Said Luongo Saturday: ‘€œI’€™ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started. I haven’€™t heard any one nice thing he’€™s had to say about me, so that’€™s the way it is.’€

Thomas responded to Luongo’s comments Sunday after the team’s practice, saying that he as a goaltender respects other netminders, though he had some fun with the way he went about it.

“I guess I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires,” Thomas said with a grin. “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.”