Flames beat Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm •  Published: November 3, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — Reto Berra had the jitters before his first NHL game. It just didn't show when he hit the ice.

Berra made 42 saves and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.

"I was really nervous, but right before the game when I was sitting in here," Berra said, "I just said, 'Go out, play your game and have fun. You have nothing to lose.

"I put that excitement and nerves into positive energy."

Russell's shot from the blue line clanked off the crossbar and past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, ending Calgary's 10-game losing streak in Chicago. The Flames won at the United Center for the first time since March 2008.

"I saw a body in front and tried to get a hard shot off," Russell said. "I don't think he's seen it. Fortunately it went in."

"The last few games we've played well but haven't got rewarded," Russell added. "Tonight, we had a grinder-style game. Especially coming into a barn like this, I hope we can grab some momentum off this."

Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross scored in regulation for the Flames. Calgary's T.J. Galiardi missed on a second-period penalty shot.

Chicago's Marian Hossa scored a power-play goal with 4:19 left in the third period to tie it at 2. Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks, who had won three in a row.

Crawford made 27 saves.

The 26-year-old Berra was recalled from Abbotsford of the AHL on Saturday after the Flames waived Joey MacDonald. The 6-foot-4 Swiss goaltender was acquired in the trade that sent defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis last April.

Berra was sharp against the Blackhawks, making a handful of point-blank and flashy stops.

"I'm very proud for Reto," said Flames coach Bob Hartley, who has coached in Berra's home country. "He played tonight the same way I saw him play a full year in Switzerland. Obviously, it's not the same caliber, but the poise he showed throughout the game.

"He never got rattled. The perfect control on every shot. The two shots that beat him were perfect shots. Great win."

After a slow start this season offensively, Chicago had scored 24 times in its previous five games. But the Stanley Cup champions showed little of that explosive skill and tempo against Calgary.

Although Chicago fired 44 shots at Berra, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought there weren't enough quality opportunities.



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