Reto Berra stole the show in his NHL debut and the Calgary Flames defeated the Blackhawks at the United Center in overtime on Sunday night.
Berra, who played with Patrick Kane in Europe during the lockout, was phenomenal through regulation and into the overtime period. He successfully stopped 42 of 44 Chicago shots to earn a victory in his first NHL game.
Kane scored the Hawks’ first goal in the second period, giving the Blackhawks a lead that would last only 40 seconds. Mike Cammalleri tipped a shot past Corey Crawford to tie the game quickly after Kane’s tally.
Only 2:16 into the third, Curtis Glencross buried a missile past Crawford to give Calgary a 2-1 lead. The Flames would hold onto their lead for more than 13 minutes, until Marian Hossa scored a power play goal just as a two-man advantage expired.
Kris Russell put a shot on net from just inside the blue line 92 seconds into the overtime period that appeared to redirect off a leg and past Crawford for the winner. Crawford stopped 27 of 30 shots in the game after winning last night in Winnipeg. Glencross and Dennis Wideman both had two points in the game for the Flames, while Kane had two points for the Hawks in the loss.
There were a few bright spots for the Hawks in the defeat.
Marcus Kruger won nine of 13 faceoffs and was credited with two blocked shots and one takeaway in just under 13 minutes of ice time. Jonathan Toews won 18 of 27 faceoffs and Andrew Shaw won 12 of 18 draws as the Hawks dominated at the dot throughout.
Shaw added a team-high seven hits and two takeaways to an assist in a strong game. Toews led all Blackhawks in ice time with 22:24, and took a high stick to the face that went uncalled in the third period.
Jeremy Morin was limited to 7:21 in the game, more than three minutes less than any other Chicago forward. He was credited with two shots and one hit in 13 shifts, but was on the ice for Glencross’ goal early in the third.
Sheldon Brookbank returned to the lineup and was also on the ice for Glencross’ goal, but played a solid game in spite of the third period goal against. He was credited with the primary assist on Kane’s goal and had three blocks in just under 17 minutes.
On special teams, the Hawks were able to convert one of three power plays, officially; two of their penalties overlapped for almost two full minutes of a two-man advantage. Hossa scored one second after the first penalty expired. The Blackhawks successfully stayed out of the penalty box for almost 62 minutes.