The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Calgary Flames 3-2 in overtime on Sunday evening. The Blackhawks will take a brief trip to D.C. for their White House visit on Monday before returning home to play the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday evening.
There was a flurry of action in the first period but neither team would score even though both teams put up double digit shots as the Blackhawks had an 18-11 edge.
The Blackhawks would get on the scoreboard in the second period as Patrick Kane beat Reto Berra, who was making his first NHL start, at 6:25 of the period. But the Flames would answer back as Mike Cammalleri tipped a Dennis Wideman shot past Corey Crawford at 7:15. That would be all the scoring in the second period as the teams headed to the locker room tied at 1.
The third period would feature some back and forth action that was started by a Curtis Glencross goal at 2:16 of the period to put the Flames ahead. The Blackhawks would press and would get a bit of good fortune when on the power play; Matt Stajan was penalized for concealing the puck to give the Blackhawks 1:42 of 5 on 3 power play time. The Blackhawks would need all of that time as persistence paid off as Kane skated around the offensive zone and fed Marian Hossa for a one time goal at 15:41, one second after the first penalty expired. The game would go to overtime.
In overtime, there would only be one shot on goal. A shot from Kris Russell seemed to go off of Andrew Shaw and stun Crawford as it wound up in the back of the net at 1:32 of overtime.
What it means
The Blackhawks three game winning streak is snapped and they have gone 1-1-1 in their past three home games. The Blackhawks will look to continue their strong play at home before their annual circus trip starts later in November.
3 stars of the game
3. Kris Russell- Russell scored the game winner which was his second goal of the season. But Russell contributed in a variety of ways as he was a plus two with two takeaways and one hit. In addition, Russell was on the ice for 25:51 and blocked seven shots.
2. Patrick Kane- It has been a fantastic season for Kane who had one goal and one assist tonight. Kane now has 8 goals and 13 points on the season and had five shots on goal.
1. Reto Berra- An amazing debut for Berra as he was a big reason for the win in his first NHL start. Berra made 42 saves on 44 shots to earn the victory. There were several highlight saves for Berra who is now 1-0 in his career.