Hawks Drop Second of Back-to-Back Games in OT

 

The Hawks put a season high 44 shots on goal, but rookie goaltender Reto Berra stood on his head in his NHL debut as the Flames won a 3-2 decision in overtime.  Marian Hossa scored the tying goal as the Hawks earned one point in their second game in two days.

 

The Hawks had a fast start as per their usual brand of hockey, outshooting the Flames 18-11 in the first period, three of which came on their first power play opportunity.  Berra, who finished the game with a sparkling .955 save percentage, kept the Hawks scoreless.

 

The Flames had a chance to take the lead with a penalty shot called as Hossa tripped TJ Galiardi on his way to the net.  Corey Crawford would get a piece of Galiardi’s shot to keep the game even.

 

The score remained knotted at zero as play settled down in the second period, until Patrick Kane took the puck and skated around the perimeter of the offensive zone before taking a shot on the left face-off dot and putting the puck behind Berra at 6:25 of the second.

 

The announcement of Kane’s goal was hardly finished when the Flames struck to tie it, as Mike Cammalleri struck 50 seconds later to tie the game back up at one after a lapse of defensive coverage for the Hawks.  

 

Down one goal with seven minutes remaining in the third period, Jonathan Toews  drew a penalty as Chris Butler was called for holding.  20 seconds later, the Hawks would have their best opportunity of the game go on a 5-on-3 power play as Matt Stajan covered the puck with his hand.  With the clock winding down on the power play, Hossa let lose a laser that would tie the game at two with 4:19 left in the third.

 

The game headed to overtime, which ended quickly as Kris Russell let a howling shot go from the blue line that appeared to deflect into the net off of Andrew Shaw’s shinpad at 1:32 of the extra frame.  Crawford finished the game making 27 saves on 30 shots from Calgary.

 

After putting Joey MacDonald on waivers, the Flames recalled Reto Berra from Abbotsford Heat, the Flames AHL affiliate.  Berra had a 2.66 GAA and a .908 save percentage while with the Heat.  

 

Three Stars of the Game:

  1. Reto Berra: SV% .955, 42 saves
  2. Patrick Kane: 1 G, 1 A, 5 SOG and 21:30 TOI
  3. Kris Russell: 1 G (GWG), +2, 3 SOG and 25:51 TOI

Quick Hits:

-“Movember” is upon the NHL, a month-long ssss to raise awareness and money for men’s health awareness.  Four of the Blackhawks-Kane, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig- will be growing mustaches to support the cause throughout November.

 

-The Flame’s victory tonight marks the first time in five years that the team has won a game against the Hawks in Chicago in five years.  The last time the Flames were victorious in Chicago was March 18th, 2008, where they won 4-2 with now-retired Mikka Kiprusoff in net.

 

-Former Hawk Dave Bolland, who scored the Hawks’ Stanley Cup winning goal last June, underwent surgery to repair a leg laceration suffered against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.  Bolland was wheeled out of the arena on a stretcher after being helped off the ice by his teammates.  Canucks forward Zack Kassian appeared to cut Bolland’s leg with his skate while finishing a check.  The full extent of the injury is still unknown.

 

- The Hawks will attend a ceremony at the White House tomorrow in celebration of their Stanely Cup Victory.  The Hawks will also attend the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit veterans, wounded warriors, and their family members.

 

The Hawks are back in action on Wednesday at the United Center facing off against the Winnipeg Jets.  THe game starts at 7:00 pm Central time.

 

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