The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 04/21/11 at 10:46 AM ET
The Ryan Miller antagonists once again retreated to their corner as the Sabres superstar goaltender stoned the Flyers in the second 1-0 shutout win for Buffalo in four games.
From The Buffalo News,
Miller provided a resounding answer to anyone who questioned his worth to the Sabres’ organization.
“It’s good to be appreciated,” Miller said. “I’m happy to help the team get a win. I’m not going to pay too much attention to anybody who’s talking about my game right now. I really don’t care. It’s the furthest thing from my mind. I want to contribute and help the guys.
“I don’t need to listen to all of the BS that’s out there from people who don’t know how to play goalie. I really don’t give an (expletive).”
For those of you not in the know, that “BS” to which he’s referring was mostly the result of the Flyers 8-goal assault against Miller over the course of Games Two and Three. We got an education from some emotional media people and fans on how goaltenders are supposed to stop deflected shots and layup tip-ins. Doing merely a solid job in net wasn’t good enough as long as he wasn’t catching bullets with his teeth.
There are a lot of issues with the Sabres in this matchup right now. Their young defense, and even their forwards for that matter, are having a tough time in their own zone against a relentless Flyers forecheck. Attempts at quick breakouts to generate dangerous scoring chances against Brian Boucher are being stymied. You know, the kinds of things that result in scoring only one goal in a playoff game.
Many people, myself included, were
surprised that the players voted Miller over Thomas Vanek as their team MVP this season. Now, Miller is stealing games against the best offense in the East while Vanek is toiling in limited even strength minutes on a line with Paul Gaustad and Patrick Kaleta.
It just goes to show you that the players in the room know. When the ups and downs of the regular season pass and they’re faced with the daunting task of winning four times against a talented team like Philly in games that really count, they recognize who their meal ticket is.
A few of us on the other side of the glass who don’t know how to play goalie still haven’t figured it out yet.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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