Good news and bad news, Canuck fans. The good news is that Roberto Luongo seems to be rounding into last year’s form. The bad news is that the best evidence of this is the fact that he lost his shutout in the final minute of last night’s 5-1 blowout versus the Calgary Flames, a frustrating phenomenon that occurred so often during the 2010-11 season, we named it.
Here at PITB, we call this infuriating, late-game collapse “The snack goal”.
The snack goal principle explained: this happens too often to be unintentional, so, the way we figure it, Roberto Luongo is doing it on purpose. Teams already get up for the Canucks, but imagine (we imagine he imagines), how much hungrier they’d be if they were shut out in their last game versus Vancouver. That in mind, the Canuck netminder sometimes cedes a goal as a snack, of sorts, in order to lessen their hunger.
Sure, to the intelligent observer (what a loser that guy is), it may just look like the Canucks’ defense slacks while the opposition presses to blow up the goose egg, but really, Roberto Luongo is just so savvy that, in blowouts, he uses the inconsequential final half of the third to set the stage for the future.
Of course, this being a town that scrutinizes its media very closely, there are some that doubt the reality of the snack goal. But, for those of you that think Luongo’s tendency to lose shutouts in the late stages of a game is a made-up narrative, Beantown Canuck’s got the proof: in the Sasquatch’s plaster footprint of investigative blogs, Beantown’s The Legend of the Snack Goal demonstrates that the phenomenon is realer than real.
Playoffs in, Roberto Luongo registered 8 shutouts last year (4 in the regular season, 4 more in the post-), but pitched a shutout into the final 10 minutes of the third period 15 times. What happened to the other seven?
Seven snack goals — 4 of which came within the final five minutes, and 2 within the final sixty seconds.
And before you start ripping on Luongo (or suggesting he be traded to Tampa for a player that doesn’t concede snack goals, like a centre), consider that this isn’t just a Lu exclusive. Cory Schneider made sure you could “snack up with the backup” as well. Schneider registered 1 shutout last year, with three others surrendered in the final ten.
That’s a whopping 10 snack goals over the course of a year for Canuck goaltenders. We’ll let Beantown take it from here:
So in games that are shutouts up to that point, since the beginning of 2010-2011 and including playoffs, the GAA for the Canucks is as follows:
Last 10 min of the 3rd: 3.16
Last 5 min of the 3rd: 4.80
Last 1 min of the 3rd: 10.90
Compare these numbers to a total GAA (which includes this subset) over this same period of approximately 2.35.
Ladies and gentlemen, the snack goal is real.Tags: featured, Luongo, really stupid ideas, snack goal principle