Ryan Miller Steals a Win for the Buffalo Sabres December 30th, 2013 at 12:18 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
Note: This story was written by Lea Natalello.
Sunday night the Buffalo Sabres won against the Washington Capitals in thanks to their goalie, Ryan Miller.
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This was Miller's fifth consecutive home win. He saved 50 goals last night, letting only one puck in the net in the third period. During the shoot out Miller was up against some great players, but stopped the Capitals every shot.
One player in particular, who had 12 shots on goal last night, was Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin has scored 30 goals this season, none of those were on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.
The Sabres, as a team, were grateful for Miller's performance, considering they only pulled off 17 shots the entire game.
"He's the best goalie in the league, and I don't say that lightly by any means," exclaimed team captain, Steve Ott. "The team didn't steal the game for us, Ryan Miller did. That's how world class he was tonight."
Ott scored the winning goal in the shoot out, but still recognized Miller's efforts. Drew Stafford, who scored the first goal in the second period was also thankful for the goalie.
"I've been shooting on him for 7 or 8 years. He's pretty tough to score against. He's got to be one of the best in the league," stated Stafford.
Stafford also mentioned that the team was "bailed out" by their goalie last night.
Miller was humble about his phenomenal performance, but excited for the win.
"I just tried to keep myself in the crease a little more, waiting for those passes to happen. It's one of those nights where I could read it and it ended up working out for me most of the time."
Miller is waiting to find out whether or not he will be playing on the U.S. Olympic team. This would be his second time appearing in the Olympics. The team will be announced Wednesday.
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