Blackhawks rally late but lose 3-2 to Calgary in OT
BY HERB GOULD Sun-Times Media November 3, 2013 9:17PM
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 03: Joe Colborne #8 of the Calgary Flames skates up the ice chased by Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on November 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Updated: November 4, 2013 1:41PM
This looked like a promising scenario.
The Blackhawks had scored 16 goals during their three-game winning streak. They were coming home to tee it up against Reto Berra, a 26-year-old Swiss goalie who was making his NHL debut for the slumping Calgary Flames.
But as another Berra, who also spoke a different language, so eloquently put it: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
That was certainly the case at the United Center on Sunday.
Calgary pulled off a 3-2 overtime surprise vs. the Hawks, who never really found their usual spark. Kris Russell scored the game-winner on a slapshot as Berra made 40 saves to halt the Hawks’ winning streak.
The Flames opened a 2-1 lead early in the third period on Curtis Glencross’ wrister from the left circle that found the far corner of the net.
Marian Hossa tied it 2-2 at 15:41 of the third, one second after a Hawks’ two-man advantage for 1:42 had ended. The Hawks outshot the Flames 44-29 in regulation.
The teams traded goals in less than a minute during the second period. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead on Patrick Kane’s eighth goal, from the left point, at 6:25 of the second period.
That goal came 2-1/2 minutes after Corey Crawford made the net small enough on a penalty shot that T.J. Galiardi shot wide.
Flames center Mike Cammalleri tied the game 1-1 at 7:15 of the second.
Finishing up their third back-to-back of this young season, the Hawks were trying to complete the double hat trick and go 6-0 in those games.
They were 20-2-2 in their 12 back-to-back games last year; they were 10-1-1 on each night.
Calgary had lost four of five since its captain, defenseman Mark Giordano, went down with a broken foot.
The Hawks, who were going for their fourth straight win, had scored 16 goals in those three games, their most productive offense stretch of the season.
But in a potentially intimidating environment before 21,229 fans eager to spur the Stanley Cup champions to their fourth straight victory, Berra didn’t rattle.
The volume of shots by the Hawks, who outshot Calgary 30-21 in the first two periods, was not indicative of their quality chances in this sleepy contest. For much of the night, the Madhouse on Madison had all the decibels of a greenhouse.