Colorado Avalanche: Top 10 Moments of 2015

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#7: Reto Berra Gets Physical

Sep 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra (20) during the third period against the Calgary Flames during a preseason game at Pepsi Center. The Flames defeated the Avalanche 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

In the December 9, game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, play got scrappy behind the net. Even though burly defensemen Erik Johnson and Francois Beauchemin were both on the ice at the time, they weren’t the catalysts. It was Reto Berra.

During the second period, Berra made a pretty routine play of leaving the puck behind the net for a teammate. Unfortunately, Penguins forward

Sergei Plotnikov

flew into the space first. The quick-thinking Berra channeled his best D-man and laid a clean body check that sent Plotnikov flying:

That’s a beauty of a check, one that Plotnikov won’t soon forget. However, it was also an interference penalty. Nonetheless, let’s take a moment to celebrate Berra’s cold-blooded reaction the the scrum he’s cause — calmly drinking from his water bottle.

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