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Flames rookie goalie to make first NHL start against Chicago

Nov 3, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames are starting rookie goalie Reto Berra on Sunday night. While that makes for a normally sweet headline for a young kid, he may be up to his ears in shots.

His opponent? The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flames recalled Berra on Saturday after putting goalie Joey MacDonald on waivers and are putting him right to the test. Coincidentally, Berra was a teammate of Patrick Kane‘s during the lockout last season in the Swiss League with EHC Biel.

Flames coach Bob Hartley says this start won’t be a one-off for Berra.

The Flames have to be hoping Kane spilled all of his tricks and secrets to Berra while they played in Switzerland. On paper, this doesn’t set up to be one of the most fair match-ups we’ve seen this year. Good luck, kid.

  1. esracerx46 - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Good luck!!

  2. jacketsfan7 - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Good luck , hell really need it

    • nexxai - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Looks like he got it.

  3. murtdurt - Nov 3, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen good luck kid

    • nexxai - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Disaster averted. Win attained.

      • murtdurt - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Kid stood on his head! Good for him tough building to go into and looked like he had been there before. If he keeps playing like that Flames might not be missing the Kipper days for too long.

  4. blackhawks2010 - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Flood gates open….

  5. wjarvis - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Well, he’ll likely be facing Khabibulin, so at least he’s got that going for him. Will probably be a high scoring game if that happens.

    • nexxai - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Nope, and nope.

  6. TestSubjekt - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    As a Sabres fan, I don’t think this is fair.

    He’s going to get many starts?

    sigh. so much for first overall.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Don’t worry, the Flames are a much better team than the Sabres, your competition for the first overall pick will be the Oilers and Flyers…although I’m sure the genius Flyers GM will trade the pick away to reacquire some player that will make no difference for the dumpster fire that is their team.

  7. blackhawks2010 - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Crawford is playing for Hawks.

  8. chicagobtech - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    He’s holding his own. Kid doesn’t look too bad.

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