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BLOG: Shootout crown up for debate

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Sven Baertschi let it be known that Reto Berra is the 'King of Shootouts in Switzerland'.

Sean Monahan might challenge the throne in Calgary.

Though Berra has stopped 10 of 14 opposing shooters in two shootout victories this week, Monahan went 2-for-2 on opposing goalies in the same span - nabbing the extra point with both shootout winners for the Flames in each contest.

What would happen if the irresistible force meets an immovable object? Could the shooter beat the stopper?

Monahan wasn’t sure.

“I don’t know, Berra’s a good goalie,” he said. “He’s big and he’s quick. It’d be tough. You’ve got to read goalies and I think it’s tough to figure him out in that instance. I don’t know what would happen.”

The 6-foot-4 keeper felt he knew the answer.

“I have to say I’d probably stop him,” he said. “I think I would beat him.”

Baertschi was quick to weigh in, throwing support behind his countryman.

“You really put me on the spot here,” Baertschi said. “It’s tough to say. I’d probably go with Berra.

“I mean, Monny had two goals with the same move. I don’t know if he can pull any other moves out. That’s the thing. I don’t know if he can stickhandle and pull a nice move on Berra. Right now, Berra would probably be ready for that shot.”

Coach Bob Hartley was a little more scientific, and diplomatic, in his approach to answering the question.

“Usually, percentages the goalies always have the edge because you miss the net, hit the post, it still counts as a no-goal,” he said. “The pressure’s always on the shooter. On a one-shot (scenario), it could go either way."

The notion piqued Hartley’s curiousity though, promising a showdown to determine shootout supremacy.

“We’ll do it at practice on Monday.”

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