by Patrick Hoffman on 02/22/10 at 01:08 AM ET
It’s pretty easy to say that Mike Richter is the best US-born goaltender of all-time. He won a Stanley Cup, World Cup, Silver Medal, MVP of the 1994 All-Star game, MVP of the Rangers in multiple seasons, etc.
When it came to playing for his country, Richter was a big-game goaltender and tonight, Ryan Miller was just that for the US. He made 42 saves and did everything he could to help get his team three points in the standings. All-in-all, he stood on his head and played like Richter did in 1996/2002 and even a bit like Jim Craig did in 1980.
Yes, I know it was only a preliminary round game but Miller showed to the rest of the world what a great goaltender he is and how he can help the US team surprise a lot of folks in the hockey world.
Keep watching folks…it’s only going to get better.
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