Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

04 Nov

Yes, yes we have (see the last of Joey Mac)

I had to watch two games last night because I was behind with the old PVR, so I didn’t get to fully appreciate this one. But I did see enough to see that Berra had a heck of a game, that Glencross isn’t as bad this year as I thought, and the Flames actually won a game in OT (and in the United Center to boot!).

From someone else… Reto Berra felt the nerves building prior to his NHL debut Sunday night against the defending Stanley Cup champions at United Center.

The 26-year old rookie goaltender had just been called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League to join the Calgary Flames and coach Bob Hartley decided to toss the talented 6-foot-4 rookie straight into the fire against the Chicago Blackhawks.

After calling Berra a “thoroughbred” following the Flames’ morning skate, Hartley looked pretty smart. Berra made 42 saves and earned his first win when Kris Russell scored 1:32 into overtime in a 3-2 victory.

“Honestly I had a lot of thoughts,” Berra said, while wearing the Flames’ fire helmet given out to each game’s hardest worker. “Everything went through my mind. Right after lunch I always sleep, but today I couldn’t sleep. I was really nervous. But right before the game, when I was just sitting in here, I just thought, ‘Go out and play your game and have fun. You have nothing to lose.’ I put the excitement and nerves into a positive energy.”

It was a force that was bolstered even more by the traditional singing of the Canadian and U.S. anthems. Berra said he was forewarned about how stirring the American version is in Chicago, but still wasn’t quite prepared.

“Crazy … awesome,” he said, when asked to describe his emotions standing in front of the Flames’ net. “I almost cried and, like, my hair stand up. The guys, they told me a little bit what to expect, but when you’re out there as a goalie, on the ice, it is really, like, unbelievable.”


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