USA Hockey knows everything it needs to know about Ryan Miller. Just to be sure, Miller put another gem on his resume just a few days before the organization names its Olympic squad. Miller made 49 saves Sunday evening, lifting the Sabres to a 2-1 shootout victory over Washington. Steve Ott scored the deciding goal in front of the sellout crowd of 19,070 in First Niagara Center, but Miller was the star. He made 12 stops on rapid-firing Alexander Ovechkin. Miller also stopped all six shootout attempts by the Capitals. Miller made 44 saves in regulation as the consistent Capitals took 15 shots in each of the three periods. Buffalo managed just 16 shots in regulation, including three in the first and five in the third. The final total was 50-17. The United States will name its 2014 Olympic team Wednesday, and Miller is a lock to be selected. He’s the front-runner to start. The Capitals wasted little time showing Miller it would be a busy evening. They opened a 10-0 shot advantage through 9:30, which included six shots during one really busy power play. The shot counter read 12-0 before Matt D’Agostini finally got the Sabres on the board with 4:27 remaining in the first. Predictably, a loud cheer erupted after the easy save. The period ended with a 15-3 shot advantage for the Caps, but the double zeroes in the goal column were all that mattered to Buffalo. The Sabres made sure the second would be better. They needed only 1:26 to match their shot total from the entire opening period. The Caps gradually took over. They built their shot advantage to 30-9 with a 10-1 run. It didn’t matter, though, because Miller stopped them all.
Miller delivers another gem as Sabres beat Caps in shootout
Buffalo News | Dec 30