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Turning Point Of The Season

When was the exact moment the Golden Knights went from an expansion team expected to finish in last place to a dominant force in the Western Conference with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations?

Coach says the night they got whipped 8-2 by the Edmonton Oilers.

That game showed us a lot about our hockey team. I could be wrong but after that game, I think we won five in a row. The guys really showed a lot of character. Sometimes in a game like that you go the other way, but I think our guys rallied around each other and said ‘we’re better than that.’ That was a turning point in the season for me.

He’s not wrong, they did win the next five games, and since that drubbing, the Golden Knights are 19-4-1, before it they were 10-6-1.

Prior to that game they had allowed 3.18 goals per game, that number is 2.46 since. They averaged 29.47 shots, it’s 34.79 since. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

What’s your turning point? Post it in the comments… (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Coach is right, that game turned the season around statistically, but it had a more profound impact on the mental aspect of the team.

That was the first time all year they had really been blown off the ice. It happened on the road, to a desperate team captained by the best player in the world, with a fourth (and eventually fifth) string goalie in the Golden Knights net. It clearly was an aberration and there was no reason to view it any differently, but according to their coach, the Golden Knights did anyway.

They came out and played a great game two nights later in Vancouver, then followed it up with four more wins against the Pacific Division, and haven’t stopped rolling yet.

I could argue for the pair of games in Nashville and Dallas or the win over the Lightning here in Vegas. The win against Winnipeg after the rough homestand or the back-to-backs in southern California. There are a lot of options of when you could say the Golden Knights season turned, but it’s hard to argue with Turk on this one, so I won’t.

Now let’s just hope the second meeting with the Oilers doesn’t turn it again.

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  1. thecommish76

    My pick for the turning point game of the first-half of the season was November 4th in Ottawa. After the 8-1 start, the team’s big East Coast road trip was turning into a nightmare after Dansk went down in Brooklyn. They gave up leads to both New York City teams and lost. They went to Boston where Lagace played really well but lost 2-1. The team was now 8-4. They went to Ottawa and after a see-saw first two periods, they played what we know as Golden Knights hockey in the third and pulled away with a 5-4 win and Max Lagace’s first NHL win. I can still hear Senators’ Assistant Coach Marc Crawford yelling at the ref saying don’t give the expansion team any more breaks, or something like that.

    Had the Golden Knights lost in Ottawa, they would have come back from that trip having lost 6 straight, garnering just one point in a shootout loss in Toronto. Their record would have been 8-6-1. People would have said cute story, but they are coming back down to Earth. They go on to rip off 6 out 7, with that one awful night Edmonton in that stretch. Many will forget that Saturday afternoon game in early November, but it salvaged a win and stopped the bleeding. Oh, and as for Ottawa, Marc Crawford’s team is next to last in the Eastern Conference. That expansion team is best in the West.

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