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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Blackhawks

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- Reto Berra earned his first career victory in his first start against the Chicago Blackhawks in early November.

Antti Raanta returned the favour on Wednesday.

Raanta made 20 saves in his first career NHL start while Patrick Kane scored twice to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Trialing 2-0 in the third period, Kane struck with his first of two to turn momentum Chicago’s way.

Trying to center a pass to Andrew Shaw, Kane’s feed hit the stick of a Flames defender and jumped just over Berra’s pad to cut Calgary’s lead to 2-1 at 9:42. Just 56 seconds later, Marian Hossa found Patrick Sharp in the slot, who skipped one by Berra’s pad and into the net to erase Calgary’s lead completely.

Kane completed the comeback with just 18 seconds remaining in regulation after he corralled a blocked shot and sailed a backhand over Berra to earn the 3-2 win.

The Flames didn’t hesitate to test Raanta off the drop of the puck, firing 10 first period shots on Chicago’s net.

Calgary couldn’t solve the 24-year-old rookie until Matt Stajan one-timed a feed from Jiri Hudler by Raanta at 13:32 of the second period to put Calgary up 1-0.

Sean Monahan extended that lead to two, taking a pass from Hudler in the high slot and rifling it by Raanta’s glove just 2:05 into the third period to stake Calgary to a two-goal lead.

But the Blackhawks connected under a minute apart later in the frame and Kane's 15th of the season capped the comeback for the defending Stanley Cup champions.


Stajan’s one-time blast off a feed from Hudler at 13:32 of the second period opened the scoring for the Flames.


Tied 2-2 with 3:17 remaining in the third period, Berra leaped to blocker away a shot from Kane that floated on net.


Kane’s marker with 18 seconds left ensured the Flames would leave Wednesday’s game empty-handed.


“That was something we were trying to guard against (quick goals) because number one, we know the firepower of that team. They basically did the same trick to the Vancouver Canucks a few night ago. You make a few mistakes and they are so skilled they will make you pay for it and it’s too bad because I thought we played very well and we showed up to play. I thought our players minus a few bad decisions in that third period, we played a great game.”

-Bob Hartley


The Flames allowed 30 Chicago shots on net, but blocked 29 before they got to Berra on Wednesday.


Christopher Breen and Shane O’Brien were scratched for the Flames. TJ Galiardi (back), Mark Giordano (broken ankle) and Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain) missed the game due to injury.


Calgary heads to California to tangle with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (2 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before taking on the Los Angeles Kings (8 p.m. MT, CBC) on Saturday.

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