'Leaving Miller off the Olympic team was USA Hockey's holiday gift to the rest of the world. It was proof that selection's not about what you've done lately. It's about who you know, or payback for past service, anything but the statistics that really tell the story.'
Archives for December 2005
'There are only so many stalls in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room, so when a player gets an injury-related recall from Rochester he has to have somewhere to change his gear. Still, it was somewhat ominous to see Daniel Briere's stall being occupied by Daniel Paille.'
'Miller claimed the defensive honours after leading the Sabres to two wins with a .96 goals-against average and .969 save percentage.'
'Last Monday, Miller made 33 saves and denied three of four attempts in the shootout as the Sabres edged Philadelphia, 2-1. Four days later, he made 30 saves in a 4-1 win against Tampa Bay.'
'Appearing in only 12 games this season because of injury, Miller holds an 8-4-0 record with a 2.46 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.'
'Ryan Miller, the NHL defensive player of the week, had to make just 19 saves for the win.'
‘Down 3-1 after allowing goals to Jason Blake, Alexei Yashin and Satan on goalie Ryan Miller in the final 9:27 of the first period, the Sabres never showed a hint of doubt as they rallied for the victory.’
‘But momentum shifted quickly as New York scored 3 goals to finish off the 1st period, including one from former Sabre Miro Satan with just seven seconds left in the period to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead. As the 2nd period opened Buffalo stole back momentum as Maxim Afinogenov netted his 8th goal of the season just over 2 minutes into the period.’
‘Buffalo swept the four-game, season series after losing seven of its last eight games to the Islanders.’
‘”I think we’re good,” Sabres rookie left wing Thomas Vanek said. “I don’t think we’re an Ottawa or a Colorado with a lot of superstars, a lot of firepower. I think we’re a good character team with good leadership, good goaltending and it’s paying off for us now.”‘
‘The Sabres netted three goals in the third period to give them the comeback win.’
‘”We just kept working – there’s no quit in them”.
‘”It’s leadership, and not just from Chris Drury or Daniel Briere, but every player,” Regier said. “Of all the teams we’ve had in Buffalo in the [eight years] I’ve been associated with it, this team has the best leadership. We’ve used 30 players and we’ve gotten contributions from everyone.”‘