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Sabres even it up: Ryan Miller shuts out Philadelphia 1-0, ties series 2-2

Apr 20, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

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We’ve been saying all along that if the Sabres are going to win their first round series with Philadelphia and make a deep run in the playoffs, they’ll need Ryan Miller to play like the Vezina Trophy winner he was last season.

Tonight, the Sabres got that exact kind of play from Miller as he stopped 32 shots and earned the shutout on the Flyers in winning 1-0 to even their series up at 2-2.

Miller and his counterpart Brian Boucher (28 saves) were both stellar in goal but it would be Jason Pominville in the first period who would provide the games lone goal. The game had a taste of the nastiness to it as well as Flyers captain Mike Richards would get a five minute major for a questionable elbow on Sabres agitator Patrick Kaleta.

There was also a run in between Miller and Flyers agitator Dan Carcillo that saw Miller take a bit of a swing at Carcillo. That should properly amp up the nastiness for Game 5 on Friday night in Philadelphia.

These two teams have traditionally played some classic and nasty battles in the playoffs and with Ryan Miller looking like the Ryan Miller we’ve all gotten to know over the years finally, things for Philadelphia are feeling dicey. You can be as good a team as possible but if you run into a superstar, all-world goalie that can throw everything off.

For Buffalo, they’re taking the action to Philadelphia just fine and after a pair of wild games with scoring all over the place, both teams tightened things up in a big way. That sort of game plays into Buffalo’s favor because they don’t want to get into an up and down game with the offensively skilled Flyers. Philly will need to find a way to get Miller rattled in Game 5. We’re guessing the crowd at Wells Fargo Center will find a way to assist them.

  1. spiffy53 - Apr 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    some of the worst calls in the series. i also forgot how little buffalo fans know about hockey. anytime someone breathes on a player, they are screaming for the ref.

    • kellyb9 - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      I’m fine with every call EXCEPT the 5 minute major. That was really a killer and shouldn’t have been a major.

      • spiffy53 - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        you must not have been watching carcillo last night. pretty much got mugged in front of miller and no call, yet he gives miller a dirty look earlier and boom-a call against. or brierre getting knocked to the ice well after the whistle. add that to the 5 minute fiasco against richards. so no, i am not fine with every call. there is a rookie ref in there and it shows. maybe playing in philly will help neutralize the ref bias for the sabres.

        you gotta call it both ways

    • richc111 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      Let’s talk here spiffy. I have been to 2 games in the series . One in Buffalo and one in Philly. My comment walking out of Wells Fargo (or should I say running out because some on the fans in Philly are the biggest jerks in the league), was how Philly fans know so little about hockey. Flyers games I think it is just somewhere to go when their fans get out of jail after an Eagles game. The Flyers have had over 20 PP (that stand for Power Plays just so you know). Some of which came from Flyers diving, (see Myers penalty last night). They fall down like they have never skated before. So Spiffy how many games have you seen live this year … insert lie here… Oh by the way, thank you for the screaming fan part, because that is what fans do in Buffalo is scream, not the whine you here out the Philly fans…

      • spiffy53 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        wow, the old philly fan schtick. awesome. thanks for letting me know what a power play is. screaming when there is no penalty makes you look like a tool, not someone who knows hockey. maybe you have been to more games than i have, but i can bet you i have laced up my skates more times this year than you.

  2. richc111 - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Your probably wrong again Spiffy. I play hockey once a week and have played since I was 8. Can you beat that. Yea the old Philly fan stuff, but when it’s true its hard to shake. I have seen dozens of sports games in dozens of cities and I have never feared for my safety except in Philadelphia. Oh to add something. I lived in Philly for 4 years too. When we were there the usher had to stand next to us almost the whole game to prevent the Philly goon fans from going after us, and all we did was cheer for our team when they scored, or can’t you do that in Philly without the fear of being assaulted by 50 fans. Funny because you can do that in other areas without being assaulted.

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