Dusk til Dawn: The Reto shuffle

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Miss the action last night? We’ve got you covered in our morning recap.

Essential Water Cooler

Calgary knocked off the defending champs from Chicago 3-2 in overtime last night thanks in large part to a big effort from Swiss netminder Reto Berra. The Flames are 11th in the West right now and while that may not seem great, think about what the expectations were coming into the season. It’s still early, but if the Flames are competitive down the stretch, does coach Bob Hartley get a Jack Adams nod? And do we all owe Jay Feaster an apology?

Primetime Play

Ray ‘The Wizard’ Whitney got his first goal of the year in style on a blast that helped Dallas fend off the Senators 4-3 in a shootout.

 

Men of the Night

Reto Berra, Calgary: Making his NHL debut, Berra racked up 44 saves to beat the always-dangerous Blackhawks.

Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas: You could tell by his celebration that Nichushkin had waited long enough for his first NHL goal; good thing it was a nice one as Dallas knocked off Ottawa.

Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota: Great night for the Swiss, eh? ‘El Nino’ copped three assists for the Wild as the boys in green dismantled New Jersey 4-0.

Better Luck Next Time

Remember in bubble hockey when the guy with the long stick would just sling a backhand with zero aim? That was the result last night for Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki, who accidentally put the puck past his own netminder. The Sens would eventually tie the game up, then fall in extra time.