NHL Playoffs 2012: Was Roberto Luongo or Tim Thomas More Disappointing?

May 8th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
A year after they presented one of the starkest contrasts in big-game performance in the Stanley Cup Final, there was not a whole lot of tire-pumping to be earned by either Tim Thomas or Roberto Luongo in the 2012 NHL playoffs.

Thomas’ defense of his Conn Smythe Trophy and the Boston Bruins’ championship ended in seven games. Luongo’s endeavor to redress his reputation lasted a mere two outings, while his team’s quest for the elusive 16 wins was cut off after five postseason tilts.

But at least Thomas pushed his arm-wrestling bout with Washington Capitals’ rookie Braden Holtby to overtime in Game 7, with each individual match being decided by a single goal and four in a bonus period. He allowed his share of softies, but kept Boston in each game when he really shouldn’t have been asked to do so.

The Bruins’ shortcoming was largely, if not exclusively, due to the ill-timed hibernation of their most leaned-on scorers. Vancouver’s five-game, first-round falter at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings literally started from the goal out.

Luongo, who unlike Thomas had no title to defend and so mu ...

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