'Miller was 6-4 before his injury, and had a pretty firm grasp on the netminding job. Now he is likely to remain Biron's understudy, unless the Sabres opt to deal him to a club that could use his services more.'
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'The Sabres are 15-1-1 over their last 17 games. Buffalo will spend two days in Florida before playing the Panthers on Thursday night and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. Who's going to play goal Thursday night? Take your pick. With this team, it doesn't seem to matter.'
'"In Tim Connolly's case, I can't speak highly enough about how well he's played and how mature he's been in all areas of the ice," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. Miller has been on the Team USA radar for years after dominating at Michigan State and representing the United States in the World Championships. The only question was whether he could regain his form after breaking his thumb Nov. 2. Apparently, seven weeks without playing damaged his case.'
'When Biron's streak ends, I'd start listening to offers.'
Battered Flyers lose shoot-out to Buffalo (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A loss, but not a lost cause (Philadelphia Daily News)
Take it to the Max (PhillyBurbs.com)
Optimism abounds in shootout loss (Delaware County Times)
Flyers’ big effort comes up just short (Allentown Morning Call)
Flyers fall to Sabres in shootout (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
Sabres pierce Flyers in shootout (Trenton Times)
Shootout format is instant angst (Press of Atlantic City)
Flyers swat injury bug, stay in hunt (Reading Eagle)
Despite Loss, Flyers Gain on Rangers (ComcastSportsnet.com)
Buffalo Prevails in Shootout, 2-1 (PhiladelphiaFlyers.com)
‘Buffalo’s nine straight road victories are only one shy of the NHL record, set by the Sabres in 1983-84, and matched by St. Louis in 2000 and New Jersey in 2001. And the Sabres did it this time without goalie Martin Biron, given the game off after winning 13 consecutive starts.’
‘”I had the thought to just play hockey,” Miller said. “It’s gratifying to know that all the bike riding and all the rehab put me in a position to play my game. I’m happy with that.”‘
‘Then, after Jon Sim was denied by Miller, Afinogenov faked a shot, wound back up and then ripped the puck above Niittymaki’s left shoulder to put Buffalo out in front. Knuble had a chance to extend the shootout but Miller denied him to give the Sabres the win.’
‘The Sabres wouldn’t get on the board until 7:12 of the third, when Max Afinogenov found Paul Gaustad wide open in front of Antero Niittymaki. Gaustad slammed it home to tie the score at 1-1.’
‘Chris Drury was the lone member of the Buffalo Sabres picked to represent the United States in the 2006 Winter Olympics.’