Thomas/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas wouldn’t respond directly to comments his Vancouver counterpart Roberto Lu0ngo made after Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

But when asked about what Luongo said Saturday about Thomas not saying nice things about him, Thomas explained that he didn’t know that complimenting his opponent was part of his job description.

“I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires. I guess I have to apologize for that,” said Thomas, eliciting laughter throughout the press conference gallery.

But Thomas wanted to stress that even if he’s not in the business of throwing verbal bouquets at other netminders, he doesn’t feel like he’s any sort of a rebel.

“I still think I’m on the goaltender union side and I still stick with all the other goalies,” he said. “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.”