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Moderator Edit: Use this thread to discuss turning points in any game, not just the Florida game. This has been added as a "Hot Topic".

Here's a topic that I thought would be fun to discuss. Most broadcasts have a segment call the "turning point" as most of you have seen. I was thinking that after every game, win or lose, we'd post the play the turned the game around, win or lose.

With that said, what do you guys and gals think was the turning point of last night's game against the Florida Panthers?

Was it Higgins goal? Was it a stop that Carey made? Was it Saku drawing that penalty in OT?

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Guest claudelemieux1986

To me, the turning point was mid way through the 2nd period. The Habs took back to back penalties, and killed them both, with some good stops by Price. You could sense that at any time, going down by 2 goals, would likely be the end of things. They killed those penalties, and played a good 3rd period, getting rewarded with a goal, and eventually a win. It's no big deal that Fla got a point, as long as we got our 2.

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I vote for the Higgens goal as well. This team's confidence level in their ability to score was dropping quickly after the last few games. Getting a fortunate bounce really gave them the momentum and lifted that invisible weight off their shoulders.

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After reading Jigger's post in the 'Negative' thread, my vote for turning point now goes to Bouillon clearing the puck from behind Price and saving a goal. Like Jigger said, that puck goes in the net and it's game over. Bouillon's play kept us in the game.

That's like the third time bouillon has done that this year. He seems to have great awareness going on around the net. I wouldn't keep him at his current contract, but for around 900k-1.1 as 6th dman he might not be too bad.

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Of course it was the Higgins goal.

First Huge Thing was bouillon saving the puck after it slipped through Carey Prices legs, and the guy was about to tap it in, Bouillon came to the rescue, which would have ended the game.

but even then we still needed a goal against a team, we have a really hard time scoring against.

Higgins tapped it in with that one hand. it kind of changed the game, as we were tied with them, and there team cant really score all that well. We had a huge chance of winning it, I thought it was going to be in shootouts though

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Price made a huge save off someone in the slot. Do you guys remember what period that was and what the score was and who shot the puck. I just remember thinking that if that went in, we were done. That had to be the turning point for me.

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That's like the third time bouillon has done that this year. He seems to have great awareness going on around the net. I wouldn't keep him at his current contract, but for around 900k-1.1 as 6th dman he might not be too bad.

Surprisingly Bouillon is making himself slightly worth it at this point. He has improved his game immensely over last season. I would have dropped him within an instant but now I lean toward ditching Dandy and we will play by year in reference to Bouillon's salary.

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Surprisingly Bouillon is making himself slightly worth it at this point. He has improved his game immensely over last season. I would have dropped him within an instant but now I lean toward ditching Dandy and we will play by year in reference to Bouillon's salary.

I always liked Bouillion and his toughness and he's definitely earning his keep this year. He had another solid game last night and as some posted, the puck he cleared out of the crease was the turning point of the game for them.

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Price made a huge save off someone in the slot. Do you guys remember what period that was and what the score was and who shot the puck. I just remember thinking that if that went in, we were done. That had to be the turning point for me.

if its the same one im thinking of it was in the third after we tied it....it was a fake slapper then a pass over, fully drawn in wrist shot to which carey stood his ground and swatted it over the glass...it was a great save, and being a former goalie instructor one which i really appreciated because of his patience and technique in staying where he needed to stay. (many goalies will go down and flail at a shot like that). i would even agree with you but about it being the turining point BUT for tonight id give it to higgins....simply because thats the kind of goal you need to break out of a slump. we havent been able to catch a break during this mini slump. 20 posts against ottawa :angry: etc...so having a lucky bounce like that which lead to a win was huge in my eyes, in an overall sense and in teh context of that game.

BTW very cool thread Greekhockeycoach!!!

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if its the same one im thinking of it was in the third after we tied it....it was a fake slapper then a pass over, fully drawn in wrist shot to which carey stood his ground and swatted it over the glass...it was a great save, and being a former goalie instructor one which i really appreciated because of his patience and technique in staying where he needed to stay. (many goalies will go down and flail at a shot like that). i would even agree with you but about it being the turining point BUT for tonight id give it to higgins....simply because thats the kind of goal you need to break out of a slump. we havent been able to catch a break during this mini slump. 20 posts against ottawa :angry: etc...so having a lucky bounce like that which lead to a win was huge in my eyes, in an overall sense and in teh context of that game.

BTW very cool thread Greekhockeycoach!!!

Thanks Jeff, that was the save I was thinking off because I remember saying, here we go again, another open shot from the slot, just like the one that beat Huet. Price was patient and he made a great save, hat's off.

Thank you for commenting on the thread, it's much appreciated Jeff.

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The 5-on-3 was the turning point to me. With our two best d-men in the box and almost two full minutes to kill down two men, I said to myself, "Well, Philly will definitely score now. I only hope they score only once." And then to my astonishement, Price turned into a wall for two minutes, even after Hamrlik lost his stick in the latter half of the kill. When Kovalev cleared the puck from the crease to save the goal, I couldn't believe it.

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Turning point for me was Bouillon having the presence of mind to keep the play alive, skate down the ice, and score while idiot Vandermeer was trying to fight Gorges. Prior to that point, the Flyers had grabbed the momentum with the short-handed goal. Giving up Bouillon's goal with 1.2 seconds left in the period broke Philly mentally, I think.

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Turning point for me was Bouillon having the presence of mind to keep the play alive, skate down the ice, and score while idiot Vandermeer was trying to fight Gorges. Prior to that point, the Flyers had grabbed the momentum with the short-handed goal. Giving up Bouillon's goal with 1.2 seconds left in the period broke Philly mentally, I think.

Indeed....it forced them to play more fundamental hockey in third instead of trying to intimidate.

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For me it was definitely the Begin hit. It seemed to take the wind out of the Flyers and intimidated them.

The hit by Begin led to them wanting to retaliate, which in turn led to the fantastic play that was the Bouillon goal. Begin went out there and gave his team the needed spark when it was 1-1 and by the same token ensured that the supposed Broadstreet Bullies keep their head up out there.

They fell right into the trap.

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Turning point for me was Bouillon having the presence of mind to keep the play alive, skate down the ice, and score while idiot Vandermeer was trying to fight Gorges. Prior to that point, the Flyers had grabbed the momentum with the short-handed goal. Giving up Bouillon's goal with 1.2 seconds left in the period broke Philly mentally, I think.

A little off topic here but didnt you find it funny when franky scored that goal with a second left and the camera went back to the philly player down the ice trying to fight gorges and gorges calmly lifted his stick and pointed down the ice as if to say "Hey buddy look we just scored" lol loved it.

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A little off topic here but didnt you find it funny when franky scored that goal with a second left and the camera went back to the philly player down the ice trying to fight gorges and gorges calmly lifted his stick and pointed down the ice as if to say "Hey buddy look we just scored" lol loved it.

I never saw that clip! Hilarious, though. :)

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Guest CanadianMike

It seems it was Price that yelled at Gorges not to drop because he was following the play on the other end and saw the Habs had a good chance to score. way to go Price. :P

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A little off topic here but didnt you find it funny when franky scored that goal with a second left and the camera went back to the philly player down the ice trying to fight gorges and gorges calmly lifted his stick and pointed down the ice as if to say "Hey buddy look we just scored" lol loved it.

Priceless.

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