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Patrick Kane says Buffalo fans get on Ryan Miller too much

Jan 17, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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With the Sabres set to face the Blackhawks tomorrow, Buffalo News scribe Mike Harrington caught up with Chicago center (and Buffalo native) Patrick Kane.

A huge Sabres fan growing up — he attended about 20 games a year with his dad — Kane spoke with Harrington about the club’s recent struggles and criticisms of starting netminder Ryan Miller.

“I still think the fans get on Miller a little bit too much back in Buffalo. He’s definitely the guy there,” Kane said of his US Olympic teammate. “He’s not having the kind of season he wanted to and maybe things are getting caught up in everything back there.

“I think they can be a good team. They’ve got everything in place to do well. ”

Kane’s supportive comments come on the heels of Miller’s emotional response to a 5-0 loss in Detroit (Miller was on the hook for all five goals.) He called the performance “embarrassing” before launching into a tirade about swirling trade talks, questioning his team’s heart:

“There’s no chance anybody comes into this team and just shakes it up or we can even move multiple players and get any kind of return … If you want to just destroy a team and just go out and be reckless and do something, yeah.

“But then there’s going to be new guys in here, but other than that, this locker room’s going to be pretty much the same, if not completely the same, and we’ve got to find it from in here. [Points to chest]

We can’t sit and wait for somebody else to [expletive] do it.”

Any talk of Buffalo’s “heart” leads back to the events of Nov. 12, 2011, when Boston forward Milan Lucic ran over Miller with zero response from the Sabres. Some will argue the incident didn’t have much significance, but the numbers suggest otherwise.

Heading into the Bruins game, the Sabres were 10-5-0.

Since the Bruins game, the Sabres are 9-16-5.

Kane said he was cognizant of Buffalo’s struggles, but couldn’t be overly concerned about them.

“I know the owner [Terry Pegula] and the fans aren’t really too happy with the way things have been going down there,” he said. “That’s fine with me. I can’t really care any more about the Sabres.

“Hopefully we can make it even worse for them and get a win against them.”

  1. ballistictrajectory - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Miller is more than capable. Every one has “bad” seasons. He’s a top notch goaltender. He needs to get used to feeling not so much love. Maybe he should give Thomas a call. I’d be willing to bet Timmy would … but I digress.

    Now that the fans are no longer throwing rose petals at his feet, we’ll see what kind of competitor he really is.

  2. buffalomafia - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Fire the Gm & Ruff! Time for a change! Its the same ol samecol in Buffalo! Plain mediocrity!

    Our new owner has to get himself out of the 70’s & realize that other hockey teams better than Buffalo change there coaches!

    Also the Sabres are to small to compete with other NHL teams!

    They pass to much on power play instead of shooting thevpuck & crashing the net!

    Old man breath is stronger than our defense! Pegula spent millions on bums that can’t clear the crease or stick up for Miller! If you watch for ex. Chicago vs Detroit there is end to end action & both teams clean out the crease make it known not to be there!

    The only negative about Miller is he gets beat up high all the time? Doesn’t he work on that in practice?

    Pegula stated the only real mission for the Buffalo Sabres is to win a stanley cup! If that is true then hire a real GM & a coach! Not a coach on the cheap either!

    If Pegula is a real fan like the rest of Buffalo than MAKE IT HAPPEN!

  3. tilllman40 - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Hahahah whiney sabres , now all the d@&$ in there miller jerseys n moms pink Vaneck jerseys can sit down and shut up

  4. tommytd - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I think Patrick Kane needs to tend to Patrick Kane right now…and I’m a Blackhawks fan!

  5. lordstanley716 - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    @tillman I’d love to drown you in a toilet bowl of urine on Chippewa, of course it would be urine from the large amount of mothers in pink Vanek jerseys. Clown…

  6. Jeff - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Hope Miller gets a win tomorrow night.

  7. lesbuckets - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    *Amen, Miller! That little tirade is exactly what I have been waiting for. Thank God, somebody is mad as hell. It is, all about what’s beating in their chests. Miller did not go from being the best to one of the worst because his ability vanished. This team lacks heart and leadership. The kind of leadership that Miller is finally showing. Call them all out, Ryan, let’s at least go out swinging. Let’s play balls to the wall and see who has the heart to wear the crest! This organization has way too much young talent waiting in the wings to put up with gutless inconsistency!

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