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Video: Flames’ Berra makes a spectacular kick save

Nov 21, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

Yes, it was an acrobatic play. It also kept the puck out of the net.

Calgary Flames goalie Reto Berra stopped what looked to be a sure goal, when he slid across the crease and kicked up the right pad to stop Jack Johnson on a Columbus Blue Jackets power play.

Of course, words on a computer screen don’t do it justice. Berra couldn’t stop them all, however. The Blue Jackets won the game 2-1 in overtime.

  1. bencia823 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    that was clearly the most efficient way to stop that puck

    • youvebeenphaneufed - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Yeah, seemed pretty unnecessary to me

  2. jhaegs - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Looked like a last ditch effort since he was already leaning to his left. I’ve played goalie before and some of the things you end up doing in reaction saves don’t make a whole lot of sense. I hope Berra does well, but I’m still glad we got JayBo in that trade.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Exactly how you teach it

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Goalies with seamless positioning and efficient movement everywhere are grinding their teeth right now thinking “Man… I’ll never end up on a highlight reel because I refused to practice adding a flying bicycle kick to the end of my left-right moves in situations where letting the puck bounce of my chest will work just fine”.

    Berra seems to really like leaving his feet. Last week he let in a slap shot from the point when he jumped three feet up and out of his crease chest bump style to stop the puck.

    He also had a bit of the Tony Allen “I think he’s going left-no wait he’s going right-oh no I just kicked Chris Paul in the face” move going on, where he was so indecisive that he faked himself out and ended up kicking a leg in the air ‘You Don’t Know The Zohan’ style for no apparent reason. Both were pretty impressive, as I have no idea how or why they did what they did, but considering neither of them are on my Fantasy teams, keep going, its fun to watch.

  5. raiderufan - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I think I’d be more amazed if it was a needed move in the play…it just seems like he coulda let it hit his chest, killed the puck and moved on…Instead he breaks out his best Pele? OK…

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