Miller backstops a nation as a hero of Buffalo

‘This is a great moment for Miller, and for the sport of hockey. But it’s not often that a Buffalo athlete is the center of the sports universe. It’s a rare opportunity for us to puff out our chests, knowing it’s our guy in net, backstopping a nation.’

MSNBC deked by phony Miller

‘"We were the victims of a prank," Geist said later Friday when he returned with an update during the station’s "Hardball with Chris Matthews" show. "Luckily, we have the real Ryan Miller."’

Canada will try to rattle Team USA’s goaltender Ryan Miller, but 29-year-old proves he’s best so far

‘”With a good goalie in the zone, you’re not going to score unless there’s traffic,” said Canada coach Mike Babcock. “We have to be at the net, get more second chances, more hard chances.”‘

Let’s hope it’s not Miller time

‘”All those fad diets, you throw 25 pounds of gear on and work out for three hours and you’re going to be skinny,” he chuckled. “I stopped worrying about it. My body works for me and I’m in pretty good shape.”‘

Ryan Miller learns to deal with the spotlight

‘As the hype builds for the Showdown Sunday redux between these intense border rivals, many can argue that Miller is the best goalie in the game today. He certainly has been the best goalie in the tournament. Of that, there is no argument.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Ennis does it again for Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates get back to their winning ways (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Post Overtime Win (PortlandPirates.com)

nis, Pirates Hand Pack Another OT Loss (HartfordWolfPack.com)

With one more win, Team USA G Ryan Miller will be household name

‘"When you get to the ultimate game," USA coach Ron Wilson was saying, "the team with the best goalie probably wins."’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates’ home streak ends with loss to Albany (Portland Press Herald)

Herauf’s game winner leads Rats in Portland (Albany Times Union)

Pirates falter against the River Rats (Maine Hockey Journal)

River Rats Double Pirates to End Streak (PortlandPirates.com)

Rats sink Pirates 4-2 (AlbanyRiverRats.com)

Ruff working hard but having time of his life

‘"When you have four guys that just sit in the room that all do things a little bit differently, sometimes it’s heated. Oh, yeah, it has," Ruff said. "It’s been intense, sometimes. Let me put it this way: I have a whole new appreciation for assistant coaches."’

Miller stays focused, tolerates spotlight

‘"This is the Olympics," Miller said. "There are more people, from different walks of life, paying attention to hockey. I’m trying to roll with it because I think it’s good for the game. People are interested. If they’re interested in me, then why not open up a little bit, because we might gain another young person who enjoys hockey, and we might grow our sport."’

Sabres need a backup goalie to lean on

‘In either case, the Sabres need a sturdier backup plan just in case something happens to Miller. Organizations hold their breath during the break until their Olympians return healthy. But it’s not the Olympics that magnify the injury risk. It’s the compressed NHL schedule that comes afterward.’

Sabres enjoy Miller’s ride through Olympics

‘"I’m not surprised by the way he’s been playing," Sabres goalie Patrick Lalime said after Thursday’s practice. "He’s been our backbone all year, and I think he’s the best goalie in the world right now. He’s showing it to the world."’

The skinny on USA goalie Miller

‘"I remember the first time I saw him play, and I was struck by how skinny he was," Team USA GM Brian Burke said the other day. "Even now, the guy should be doing ads for one of those weight-loss things. He’s still a bone rack."’

Ryan Miller has ice in his veins

‘“We’re so proud of him,” Joan said of her eldest grandchild, who embraced the family’s hockey-playing heritage as a boy and took it all the way to the NHL, where he plays for the Buffalo Sabres. “You sit here and watch him out there and remember that little bugger who used to get into all the sticks and pucks in the basement … His goal was always to be an Olympian. Even when he was very young, he knew he was going to be a hockey player, just like his dad and his grandpa.”’

U.S.’s low-key goalie Ryan Miller OK with spotlight

‘He’s a guy who’d rather stay in the background, joking that all of the attention has come "despite my best efforts not to have it happen."’