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Roberto Luongo lets in one of the worst own goals ever

- October 13th, 2013
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Roberto Luongo looks up at teammate Dan Hamhuis after scoring on himself.
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In sports, the crush of defeat can be amplified by infinity when the winning score is the result of a flukey sequence.

That’s exactly what happened Saturday night, as Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo allowed an own goal for the ages that turned out to be the game-winner.

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Tied 1-1 in the second period, Montreal Canadiens penalty-killing forward Lars Eller innocently dumped the puck into Vancouver’s zone.

Luongo, with time to spare, carefully corralled the puck and shuffled it to defenceman Jason Garrison. Things went sideways, though, as Garrison misplayed the short pass.

The puck nicked the skate of nearby blueliner Dan Hamhuis before making a beeline to the crease.

Of course, since this all occurred over a few seconds, Luongo was still on his way back to the Canucks net when the puck not only found one, but both, of his skates.

After the double deflection, the goal line was the puck’s next destination. Goal, Habs.

The frustrated netminder helplessly fell to the ice. Blooper complete, and Montreal went on to win the all-Canadian matchup, 4-1.

Luongo’s counterpart, Carey Price — not the string of errors the Canucks committed — was named the game’s first star.

The own goal’s central victim, meanwhile, is not taking the blame on this one:

“I didn’t see it,” Luongo told reporters.

“They didn’t show it on the Jumbotron. You guys tell me what happened. I don’t even know what happened. I left it for our guys and was looking up ice to get back to my net and all of a sudden it’s in the back of my net.”

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19 comments

  1. Doug | October 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

    It’s “making a beeline”, not “making a B line”.

  2. Byron | October 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Nice article but I don’t see how exactly this is Luongo’s fault….it might have went off his skate but what the heck was his D-man doing ?? If anything I feel bad for Luongo…it looked ugly but it wasn’t his fault at all.

  3. MacGregrrrr the Terrier-ist | October 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Bwaahahahaa … I am SOOOOO thankful Leafs didn’t trade for Luongo.

  4. harvey | October 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    In no way, was it Luongo’s fault. It was just a bad pass, bad deflection, bad luck. Sometimes things just go wrong. Nobody’s fault.

  5. Jason | October 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I’m not a Vancouver fan by any means, but that was NOT Luongo’s fault. Quick caused his own goal and was far worse!

  6. CH | October 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Horribly so, this headline sensationalism is terribly off-point. While you could fault Luongo for taking his eyes off the puck you certainly can’t lay the blame on him for that goal.

  7. DDAWG | October 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Did you actually watch the goal before writing the headline. No way was that Luongos fault. It was misplayed by the D. That being said he is usually good for a softy every other game but not this one.

  8. BillyHW | October 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    The sensational headline is just trying to stir up trouble. In no way was this Luongo’s fault. If anything it was Hamhuis’ fault.

  9. Bill | October 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Please don’t let Luongo be the starting goalie for Canada !!

  10. Mrs-Brigand | October 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Luongo did not score on himself. The D man shot it off Luongos feet

  11. Mike | October 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    That goal was not Luongo’s falut…it happened exactly how he said it. He left it for his Dman, and then its in his net, no communication from his dman. I guess you lay a little blame on Lou for taking his eye off the puck, but c’mon man…could be a long year for Lou and the Canucks….

  12. MIke | October 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Seriously. This headline is brutal. Luongo is 0% at fault in this. Just another reporter who knows nothing about hockey trying to get a few views. Give me a break.

  13. Randy | October 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I totally agree…not Luongo’s fault at all…I have seen worse goals than that…just a miscommunication…writer just trying to make a name for himself…

  14. RAY | October 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    “It’s an easy save for me if I stay in the blue paint”

    -Luongo

  15. Paul | October 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I was always told as a goalie, don’t take your eyes off the puck. Luongo takes his eyes off the puck and this is what will happen. He is a sieve and he is so overrated. If I was American, I’d want him in goal for Team Canada.

  16. Axelinger | October 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    At least it wasn’t a beachball.

  17. William | October 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

    As far as I know it is not the writer that writes the headlines.

  18. Alexander | October 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Ultimately this goal does come down to being Lou’s fault for the very reason previously stated, a goaltender never ever is to take his eyes off the puck. Lou is paid very well to just keep that little black disc on the outside of the goal line, plain and simple. Had Lou kept his eye on the puck this combination of errors by the defensemen would have been stopped before it crossed the goal line if we had an alert goaltender, which we do not. Lou it is your fault.

  19. lana leitova | October 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I agree with Paul. As a former player at the top amateur player (not a goalie) and a coach at of elite midget and bantam players, who has attended numerous coaching seminars and certification courses, I was always taught to teach goalies NEVER to take their eyes off he puck, no matter what, most especially in their own end, even when the puck appears to be in your own team’s possession and out of harm’s way. I was specifically told by a former NHL goalie who was coaching in the NHL at the time, that this is the primary role of a goal tender and what makes the position so mentally demanding. It is not easy to focus on the puck every moment for sixty minutes, he told me. Even today you see that elite goalies are ever alert and cautious to protect their nets just in case, so they are ready for mistakes like the one Hamhuis/Garrison made or for any number of other bone-headed decisions their team mates might sometimes make, like unexpectedly skating through or right in front of the crease with the puck or passing it across that area, where it’s intercepted by someone the passer didn’t see.

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