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.

Cory Schneider, opening up as much net as he possibly can, what for snacking.

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.

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13 comments

  1. bergberg
    November 2, 2011

    “snack up with the backup”

    Amazing. I’m going to be saying that all day now!

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  2. SteveB
    November 2, 2011

    I’ll never forget the “snack goal” scored at 19:35 by Zach Parise in the Gold Medal game.
    Good grief, I nearly had a heart attack.
    Thank goodness Sidney Crosby was able to score in OT and win Gold for Canada!
    I really, really didn’t want it to be determined by the shoot-out.

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    • JS Topher
      November 2, 2011

      Not a snack goal… it wasn’t a shut out

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  3. Barry
    November 2, 2011

    SteveB did you really forget about Luongo’s multiple saves in OT prior to Crosby’s goal?

    No, you decided that t would detract from your argument so you decided to not comment on it in hopes no one else would notice.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      November 2, 2011

      Relax, he was kidding.

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  4. J21
    November 2, 2011

    I hope you’re not counting significant late goals in that sample. Chicago tied up a couple of playoff games in the last minute, remember — those aren’t snack goals. I’d also argue a 2-0 game that goes 2-1, for instance, isn’t really one either.

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  5. Shand
    November 2, 2011

    boo I got a back up plan to the snack up plan to snack up the back up plan !

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  6. brian
    November 2, 2011

    stupidest article i’ve read in recent memory. somebody trying to get their garbage written by talking more about luongo.

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    • JS Topher
      November 2, 2011

      How do you manage to carry on with living?

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  7. akidd
    November 2, 2011

    nice comic piece. what else are you going to say?that even the pressure of a shutout is too much for him. that he starts thinking about the result not the moment and it’s too much for his tenderized neurons. fizzle, fizzle, snap ,crackle, pop….

    i know lou can play. we’ve all seen him play. it’s just how he plays when it’s really important that scares many canuck fans. do i really want to invest all that energy into a canuck season only to be thwarted by a snack game or three(hawks) or a snack-on/snack-off series(bruins.)

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    • The Bookie
      November 2, 2011

      Here’s hoping that the next break in the schedule, AV gets Lu & Schneids over to his house to paint the fence, wax his collection of antique cars, and catch flies with goalie sticks.

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  8. Zach Morris
    November 2, 2011

    get Drance to crunch the numbers:
    How often does Luongo give up the shutout if people talk about him getting a shutout?

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    • peanutflower
      November 2, 2011

      and if he hadn’t allowed the snack goals last season what would his GPA have been? It’s pretty weird that you can pretty much count on the snack goal. On the bright side, it’s really nice to see Lou’s exuberance when he does hold on for the S/O. Love it.

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