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Miller Not What He Once Was

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

(Ryan) Miller was seething and frustrated, that was clear. It was hard to blame him. The Sabres had blown a two-goal lead at home against one of the worst teams in the NHL. They kicked away a chance to win a fourth straight game for the first time all year. They gave away a precious point in the playoff chase.

The worst thing of all, of course, was that the Sabres lost the goaltending battle to a crippled Islanders team that was down to its fifth and sixth goalies of the season. Mikko Koskinen, who was pulled after giving up four goals, was playing in his fourth NHL game. Al Montoya was playing in his sixth.

What I’m implying, I suppose, is that this was quite possibly the worst loss of Miller’s NHL career. It was also the low point of a season that has seen Miller go from Vezina Trophy winner and Olympic hero to a run-of-the-mill netminder.

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Much as Miller might think he’s the second coming of Glenn Hall, Buffalo would be a far far better team if they actually had a backup goalie, rather than letting Miller’s caddy sit on the bench with the team. They need rid of Lalime - any available option up to Dan Cloutier would be an improvement.

Posted by fcjbencard on 02/14/11 at 10:30 AM ET

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Miller was in no way worse than Koskinen and Montoya, who were just awful but Buffalo’s defense insisted in handing Grabner the puck all afternoon. This was a team defense loss, not a Miller being outplayed loss.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/14/11 at 02:53 PM ET

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Just to add some perspective… this writer freely admits he doesn’t watch hockey. He likes baseball. He probably can speak intelligently about it, I have no idea, I don’t follow baseball, but his opinions on hockey are well, uninformed to say the least.

Posted by clownfat on 02/14/11 at 06:15 PM ET

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