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Miller on Laich’s guarantee: “Hopefully, it’s a huge distraction for them”

Apr 4, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

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Brooks Laich might’ve just ruined the Capitals’ playoff hopes with that reckless guarantee.

At least, that’s Ryan Miller’s theory.

Buffalo’s starting goalie was asked about Laich’s “We’re making the playoffs” comment, and Miller’s response was, well, pretty smart actually.

“It’s distracting,” he told reporters, as per the Washington Times. “Hopefully, it’s a huge distraction for them. Some guys don’t react well to that. Guys might tighten up. Maybe their goaltenders – young goaltenders – aren’t going to react well to a guaranteed victory by their veteran guy. I think they start thinking about it.”

Not to mention, if you had to pick a team to choke, Washington would be a good choice. Yesterday, popular Capitals blog Japers’ Rink listed 10 games besides Tuesday’s loss to Florida that the Caps might regret losing.

It’s a convincing list, full of blown leads and winnable games that weren’t won.

The Caps are in the driver’s seat in the race for eighth in the East. Win out and they’re in. And on paper they’ve got an easier schedule (vs. Florida, at NY Rangers) than Buffalo (at Philly, at Boston).

Can’t trust them though.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I’d say Miller just inceptioned those young goalies.

  2. kitshky - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Being that Im out West and don’t really get a chance to see Miller much anyways, I’m thinking Ryan Miller should just retire …. so he can finally get a national broadcasting job somewhere and we can all enjoy him.

  3. qauzaq - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Much rather see buffalo in the playoffs then the caps. I hate the caps…

    • govtminion - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Heh, in that case you must live in the D.C. metro area like everyone else hating the Caps these days. ;)

  4. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Ruff’s comment on it was good too: “It sounds like they want to knock out Florida for sure then.”

  5. dawglb - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    How does Bettman feel about promising Washington a Winter Classic in 2014? I hope they miss the playoffs, they trade Ovie, and Bettman is stuck with his promise. Shouldn’t play favorites, Gary.

  6. capsfan19 - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Yea from a fan of the capitals it was pretty rediculous we lost to tampa. But then again i could say that for many games this year. Although i still do not doubt what this team’s potential is. I believe we can make the playoffs and hopefully turn everything around if we make it in.
    I can understand people’s frustration with many caps fans cause i good deal of em only know who plays like ovechkin and backstrom are :(

  7. rsl22 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Coming from the guy that gave up 5 to Toronto yesterday, after losing his two previous and giving up 9 combined goals in those two games….that’d be a total of 14 goals against in 3 games, two of which were against the Leafs.

    • ithacamike - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

      So true…who’s he to talk? His team just lost to freaking Toronto and then should have lost again. Thankfully for them the refs gave them 2 bs goals late in the 3rd and then a PP in OT.

      Didn’t Miller guarantee a playoff spot about 10 days ago…pot meet kettle.

  8. subliminalnoize - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    This is the typical media blowing up something minor into something major. If there is anyone in the locker room for either the Caps or the Sabers, that doesn’t feel that way in the locker room they need to be out of the locker room. Brooks is speaking like a true competitor, he didn’t do what Messier did in 94, he didn’t pull an Ovi from last year and say “we’re winning the next two”, he said that he himself believes that they are making the post season. As for Miller, I hope the image of that punk ass Canadian Golden Child is forever burn in your head.(As much as it pained me when he who shall not be named, got that hard nose pass from Iggy)

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