Roberto Luongo just can’t let bygones be bygones, even if he does use tongue-in-cheek humour.
The Vancouver Canucks netminder posted a cheeky tweet Monday that was clearly directed at Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas, who he will likely face Tuesday.
“Just at Canadian Tire picking up a few essentials for tomorrow’s big tilt.......” Luongo posted on his @strombone1 Twitter account.
The tweet was accompanied by a photo of a tire pump, a humourous reference to an exchange between the two during the 2011 Stanley Cup final between Vancouver the Boston Bruins, when Thomas said “I guess I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires.”
Before Luongo tweeted the tire pump photo, Thomas told TEAM 1040 radio in Vancouver there was “no animosity on his side.”
Thomas, who took a sabbatical during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, has been a frequent Twitter target of Luongo.
In 2012, he tweeted “Hey guys remember 2y ago in the Stanley Cup Final when people thought I was the crazy goalie?Well I still might be, but NOT the craziest one.”
He also took a shot at Thomas’s anti-Obama rant on Facebook, saying “Some people say 4 more years of Obama. I look at it more like 4 more years of disgruntled goalie politically charged Facebook rants! #I(heart)TT.”
SCRIVENS FIRST STAR OF WEEK
Toronto Maple Leafs castoff Ben Scrivens was named the NHL’s first star of the week Monday.
Scrivens, who has taken over as the Los Angeles Kings starting goalie with Jonathan Quick injured, went 3-0-1 with a 0.66 goals-against average and .977 save percentage last week. He also posted back-to-back shutouts, against the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, to take over the league lead, with three in five starts.
“You guys always want to talk to the goalies, but there are big blocked shots, great clears on the penalty kill, big goals,” Scrivens said on the Kings’ web site. “It kind of (stinks), because we get all the credit for it. But they (shutouts) are team accomplishments.”
Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin —remember him, Leafs fans? — was the second star while Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding was the third star.
Seguin had a league-best five goals, including four in a win over Calgary, and two assists in three games last week. He is now sixth in NHL scoring with 23 points.
Harding went 3-0-0 with a 1.38 GAA and .939 save percentage to up his season record to 12-2-2.
NASH GOOD TO GO?
New York Rangers star Rick Nash could return from a concussion Tuesday against the Boston Bruins.
The Rangers sent forward Brandon Mashinter to Hartford of the AHL Monday, opening the door for Nash to play his first game sinceearly October. If he doesn’t suit up when the Bruins visit MSG, he will almost certainly play when the Rangers take on the Dallas Stars on the road.
“Every day we just see how it goes, but he’s the one who tells us where he’s at, he’s the one who knows his body best,” associate coach Scott Arniel told BlueshirtsUnited.com Sunday. “If he says he’s ready to go Tuesday, that’s great for us. If he needs more days, we’ll certainly have to be cautious.”
Nash was hurt Oct. 8 when he took an elbow to the head from San Jose Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart.
NABOKOV ON IR
The New York Islanders put goalie Evgeni Nabokov on injured reserve Monday, with reports out of the Big Apple indicating he will be sidelined for at least a month.
Nabokov injured his groin during the first period of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. Newsday reported the injury will keep the 38-year-old out of action for four weeks.
Anders Nilsson was called up from Bridgeport of the AHL to take Nabokov’s spot on the roster. Nilsson will back up Kevin Poulin, who has started three of the last four games for the Isles.
BLACKHAWKS INK PROSPECT
The Chicago Blackhawks signed prospect Ryan Hartman to a three-year, entry-level contract Monday.
Hartman, a native of West Dundee, Ill., who plays for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, was taken 30th overall in last summer’s NHL draft. The 19-year-old forward has 10 goals and 11 assists in 20 games with the Whalers this season.
The Minnesota Wild called up goalie Darcy Kuemper from Iowa of the AHL and sent down goalie Johan Gustafsson. Kuemper will back-up Josh Harding with Niklas Backstrom out due to a concussion ... The Anaheim Ducks sent forward Rickard Rakell to Norfolk of the AHL, signalling the imminent return of Saku Koivu, who has been out with a concussion since Oct. 28 ... The Vancouver Canucks put Yannick Weber on waivers. The former Montreal Canadiens defenceman played just 10 games for the Canucks and was a healthy scratch the last six.