Calgary Flames end losing streak to Chicago Blackhawks

Calgary Flames 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2

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CHICAGO — Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, Reto Berra made 42 saves in his first NHL game and the Calgary Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night.

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.

Mike Cammelleri 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 Chicago, which had won three in a row.

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 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.

After a slow start this season offensively, Chicago had scored 24 times in its previous five games. But the Stanley Cup champions showed little of that explosive skill and tempo against Calgary.

The Blackhawks outshot the Flames 18-11 in the scoreless first. Berra coolly swept away Chicago’s routine chances and turned in a couple of tough stops, including a quick glove save on Andrew Shaw with 5:00 left in the period.

Calgary’s best chance came with 1:28 left, but Dennis Wideman’s shot capping a 3-on-2 break was smothered by Crawford.

DEVILS: Defenseman Jon Merrill has left his first NHL game after sliding hard into the boards in the first period.

Merrill was skating into the corner to the right of Devils goaltender Cory Schneider when he was tripped up by Minnesota’s Torrey Mitchell. He went into the boards facefirst.

With blood on the ice, Merrill looked wobbly as he was helped to the locker room. He did not return.

A 2010 second-round draft choice, Merrill played college hockey at the University of Michigan.


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