NHL Canadian Corner – Monday, November 4, 2013.

Flames rookie goalie Berra blanked the Blackhawks, Senators lose Anderson in OT defeat against Dallas, plus the latest on the other Canadian NHL clubs.

Flames rookie Reto Berra shines in his NHL debut.

Flames rookie Reto Berra shines in his NHL debut.

CALGARY HERALD: Rookie goalie Reto Berra made an impressive NHL debut, turning aside 41 shots as the Flames upset the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1.  3-2

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One game does not a career make, but this was a very strong start for Berra, especially against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It also had an inspirational impact upon his teammates. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite overcoming a 2-0 deficit the Senators fell 4-3 in a shootout against the Dallas Stars. The Senators also lost starting goalie Craig Anderson, who was forced from the game following a collision with Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin.  Anderson apparently suffered a stiff neck from the collision.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: After a rough couple of years, things seem to be looking up for Canucks GM Mike Gillis. Since the end of last season he hired John Tortorella as coach, mended fences with goalie Roberto Luongo, added Mike Santorelli, Brad Richardson and Ryan Stanton, and re-signed the Sedin Twins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, so good for Gillis, as the Canucks are off to a better-than-anticipated start.  What could have turned into a train wreck of a season has instead illustrated the Canucks intent to remain among the league’s elite clubs.

TORONTO SUN: With Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak sidelined indefinitely, it’s now time for Leafs center Nazem Kadri to shine.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien will have Alex Galchenyuk centering Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher in Tuesday’s game against the Blues.

WINNIPEG SUN: Defenseman Keaton Ellerby, claimed off waivers from the LA Kings over the weekend, will make his debut with the Jets tonight when they face the Detroit Red Wings.

EDMONTON SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The floundering Oilers try to find a way to snap out of their early season woes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’d better do it soon. Only a month into this season, their playoff hopes are slipping away.


  1. I will not take credit away from Reto Berra, because his size, glove and technique was really stellar last night, but his teammates where quick to loose pucks and also played magnificent in closing down on a persistent Hawk team that spent much of the night in the attack zone where Berra had 44 shots get to him, besides the ones his teammates squelched. The Swiss vet seems NHL poised and built for the way the puck is stopped nowadays! Good for the Flames!

    • Agree with Bill above …Flames are a surprise but they do complimentary veterans to help with the youth coming up ..this is the difference from the Oilers ..have better role players !

      I think this injury will put Anderson closer to the trade block with the Sens when he is ready to come back …they need some offense and could use a bolster on the back end he can help with that ! Lehner is ready and willing !!!

      Brendan Gallagher should be a consideration for Team Canada right now ..he is on fire and scores timely goals …

      SHOUT OUT TO: Dave Bolland….. quick recovery and good luck we need you back buddy !

  2. Hey Lyle didn’t the flames beat the hawks 3-2? Not 4-1?

    Anyways keep up the great work. It’s always a great read on my long days during harvest!

  3. With Mark Fraser coming back from injury, I think the Leafs should try Jake Gardiner at Center. They did it years ago with Red Kelly when they got him from Detroit