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NHL Three Stars: Berra shines for Flames in NHL debut; Harding blanks Devils

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Reto Berra, Calgary Flames

The 26-year old Swiss native made his NHL debut in strong fashion stopping 42 shots as the Flames beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. After Marian Hossa forced overtime with a power play goal with 4:19 left in regulation, Kris Russell's point shot went unseen by Corey Crawford to give the Flames the win in the first of a four-game road trip. Berra kept Calgary ahead for a brief moment with this third period save on Patrick Sharp:

No. 2 Star: Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild

The New Jersey Devils didn't keep Harding too busy as he made 19 saves during a 4-0 win. It was the 9th career shutout for Harding and second in four starts. Mikael Granlund, Torrey Mitchell and Dany Heatley scored goals before Jason Pominville put home an empty-netter. Nino Niederreiter recorded three assists.

No. 3 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

The Stars overcame losing a lead with 9.6 seconds left in the third period to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 after a shootout. Lehtonen made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, including 16 in the second period, and stopped all three Ottawa attempts in the shootout for his fourth win of the season.

Honorable mention: Calgary blocked 26 shots to Chicago's 7 ... Dennis Wideman and Curtis Glencross each chipped in two points for the Flames ... The Senators won 39 of 63 face-offs against the Stars, while Minnesota won 39 of 54 over New Jersey ... Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin scored his first NHL goal on a beautiful wrister:

Did You Know? "The Flames won at the United Center for the first time since March 2008." (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Ottawa is 0-3-2 in their last five games ... Mark Borowiecki will want a do-over on this own goal ... Craig Anderson left the game on a stretcher after a collision with Nichushkin in the crease. The good news is that he was seen walking around the locker room after the game ... Devils defenseman Jon Merrill made his NHL debut but had to leave the game early in the first period after a collision caused facial lacerations.

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