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Thomas, Luongo Face Off Again at Awards Show in Vegas – SportsUntapped.com
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Added June 22nd, 2011 by Chalk

Thomas, Luongo Face Off Again at Awards Show in Vegas
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After a hard-fought battle in the Stanley Cup Finals that included a few catty quotes, goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas will be in the same building on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.  The two stars are both up for the Vezina Trophy, given each year to the NHL’s best goaltender, and the occasion has given each a chance to chime in on their one-sided war of words during the Final.

Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy two years ago and also took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP, seemed like he wanted to clear the air during a Tuesday media availability in Vegas. “I remember one of the things I told him going through the line is I said ‘for the record, I think you’re a great goalie and you had a great season,'” Thomas revealed. “Whether [Luongo’s catty comments during the Finals] were taken out of context or whether it was just part of a mental game that was trying to be played, it doesn’t really matter. It’s something that happened.”

Just like Thomas and the Bruins upsetting the Canucks, and sending Canada into riots and looting that are still raging hot throughout much of the frigid nation a week later.  That’s why at least one Boston writer is hoping Luongo will win the Vezina just because it would be a funny, hollow footnote to Thomas thoroughly outplaying Luongo in the Finals.

“I think everything’s cool,” said Luongo on Tuesday.  “We had a few words after the series was over, and you know, I’ve always had a lot of respect for him and I’ve always said that from the start. Wish him all the best tomorrow and hope he enjoys the Vezina because he’s probably going to win it.”

 
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