The hottest four-game stretch of Ryan Miller's career propelled the Buffalo Sabres into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But Miller was pretty ordinary the last two nights and the Sabres suffered steep consequences. "We scored some goals [Saturday] so I didn't need to be perfect," a steely-eyed Miller said after the 4-3 loss to Toronto in the Air Canada Centre. "I probably needed to make another save or two but that's how it goes." Miller gave up just three goals in four games as the Sabres used a five-game winning streak to move past Washington. But now he's given up four in back-to-back games, against Pittsburgh and Toronto, for the first time since mid-January. There were varying degrees of trouble Saturday. Miller whiffed with the glove on Joey Crabb's short-handed breakaway in the first period and got burned between the legs by Phil Kessel early in the second. "It went 5-hole, just found a hole," Miller said. "Shot through a screen there. I knew he was trying to put it on net and I just didn't have it." The back-breaker was John-Michael Liles, Miller's close friend and former Michigan State teammate, bulling through the crease to poke home a rebound with 0.7 seconds left in the second period. The play was reviewed, as the clock expired after the puck entered the net. During the review, a replay complete with the clock streamed on the scoreboard and Miller looked up to watch. He then looked down and wiggled his head side to side in disgust.
After hot streak, Miller falters in two losses
Buffalo News | Apr 1