Let the tire pumping begin.

Canuck netminder Roberto Luongo couldn't help but poke fun at himself on his twitter account Monday as he prepared to face the Florida Panthers and old nemesis Tim Thomas.

Under his @strombone1 handle, Luongo wrote: “Just at Canadian Tire picking up a few essentials for tomorrow's big tilt...” Included in the tweet was a photo of an air pump.

Luongo, of course, was referring to his infamous outburst before Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final against the Boston Bruins when he complained that, while he was busy pumping Thomas's tires during the playoffs, Thomas was not doing likewise.

Naturally, Thomas was asked Monday if he felt like taking this opportunity to finally pump Luongo's tires.

“Ha, ha, ha,” Thomas responded. “I don't know what to say about him. I have no good answer, or anything like that. I'm happy to see that he's doing well. I never did have any animosity towards him. I wasn't thinking about him. I was thinking about doing my job.”

Thomas did out-duel Luongo as the Cup final came to its conclusion. Included in that was a 4-0 blanking of the Canucks' in the decisive seventh game at Rogers Arena. Monday was Thomas's first time back in the building since he won the Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

“Actually, the main memory that it brought back to me coming in here is that I had some skates that were just killing my feet so bad,” Thomas recalled, grinning broadly. “We had just won the Stanley Cup and you should be able to want to celebrate but all I could think of is: 'I gotta get there skates off.' But I couldn't because there were so many people there wasn't even a place to sit down.”

Thomas and Luongo are expected to start in Tuesday's game and Thomas admitted he had no idea how the Rogers Arena crowd might react to his presence in goal, even though it will be as a Panther and not a Bruin.

“Until you just asked me that, I didn't even think about it one way or another,” he said. “So I guess I'm not expecting anything. Whatever comes my way, comes my way.”