NHL roundup: Reto Berra sparkles in Calgary debut

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 in Chicago 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.’’

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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. 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.

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-inch 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.

‘‘He never got rattled,’’ said Flames coach Bob Hartley. “The perfect control on every shot. The two shots that beat him were perfect shots. Great win.’’


Stars 4, Senators 3 — Jamie Benn scored the winner in a shootout in visiting Dallas’s victory over Ottawa.

The game had a number of twists and turns, but perhaps the most disconcerting for the Senators was the injury to goalie Craig Anderson.

With 1:32 gone in overtime, Anderson went down hard after being hit by Valeri Nichushkin. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he appeared to take a knee to the head.

Anderson faced 36 shots before Robin Lehner was forced into action.

Antoine Roussel, Ray Whitney, and Nichushkin scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen had 33 saves.

Lehtonen stopped Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza, and Bobby Ryan in the shootout.

Wild 4, Devils 0 — Josh Harding stopped 19 shots for his second shutout of the season as Minnesota beat visiting New Jersey.

Mikael Granlund, Torrey Mitchell, Dany Heatley, and Jason Pominville scored for the Wild, who have won five of six. Nino Niederreiter had three assists.