Goalies very different in style

Roberto Luongo has been taking a less-is-more approach with his movement in net this season....

Roberto Luongo has been taking a less-is-more approach with his movement in net this season. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency Files)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:11 AM ET

Leave it to Roberto Luongo to joke about the obvious differences between himself and Boston Bruins' Tim Thomas.

"We're pretty similar styles, got the textbook butterfly style going," the Vancouver Canucks goaltender said with a laugh. "No, but he's had an unbelievable year and I'm happy that we have a chance to go head-to-head here. It's a good challenge, not just for myself but for my teammates."

Luongo relies on a more structured style, using his size to his advantage. This season, he is playing deeper in his net while taking a less-is-more approach with his movement. Thomas, on the other hand, counts on his athleticism and moves around the crease more. Although not very big at 5-foot-11, Thomas has a read-and-react approach, and is far more aggressive than the conservative Luongo.

Both, however, have ended up in the same place despite the contradicting styles, and their numbers in the playoffs are nearly identical -- tied for fourth with 2.29 goals-against averages.

Despite Thomas' 3-0 career record against the Canucks, allowing just one goal with two shutouts, Henrik Sedin says that's not an issue.

"We can beat him," he said. "We're going to take a look at what his tendencies are and (goalie coach Roland Melanson) will show us that."


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