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Sabres Ryan Miller furious after collapse against Penguins

Feb 17, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a second period save against Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 17, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Buffalo Sabres battled back from a 2-0 deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday and even briefly held the lead in the third period. However, the Sabres ultimately suffered a 4-3 loss that dropped them to 6-9-1 this season.

After suffering his third defeat in four games, Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller participated in a 76 second press conference that included a couple f-bombs, according to the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington.

“Just either not confident enough or experienced enough in the third period with the lead and that burned is. It’s not acceptable,” Miller said.

Sabres forward Steve Ott, who scored the goal that briefly gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead, was a bit more diplomatic.

“I like the determination of the guys to come back and battle and continue to push, push, push. But at the end of it all, we’d be a lot happier with the two points that we deserve to be walking out with,” Ott said, according to the Buffalo News.

Despite this loss, the Buffalo Sabres have actually outscored their opponents 20-16 in the third period of games this season. In fact, that’s the only period the Sabres have had an edge in overall.

Here’s video of Miller’s tirade (H/T to Kukla’s Korner):


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  1. flyerguy73 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Poor baby Ryan Miller. Lol.

    • sabatimus - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      You know, I hate the Sabres (Bruins fan; I’m pissed that the only two regulation losses we have yet have come against them), but Miller has stood on his head in every game I’ve seen him play in this year, only to have the defense be completely atrocious and the only high point basically being the Vanek line. If there’s anybody who ought to be this angry, it’s Miller.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Wish the flyers had him !

  3. drunknbflo - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Its about time one of our players spoke the truth after a loss. Im so sick of hearing the same old cliche comments after a game. Say want u want about miller being a baby but he is the only who ever says anything meaningful.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      first off, this is hardly a tirade, i mean its barely “emotional” even. secondly, watching the game, i dont get where this is coming from necessarily…its not like the sabres had it in the bag at any point and just imploded. pens stopped playing for 40 mins after it was 2-0 to start. the dupuis goal that tied it was result of pittsburgh’s skill taking over….letang is just nasty, not too much anyone couldve done about that pass. pens play down to their opponents too often, sometimes it bites them, just not this time. it comes down to the fact that crosby and his linemates were just dominant yesterday, which seems to be a trend against miller’s sabres. maybe thats where the frustration comes from – crosby owns miller, especially on national tv.

  4. pafinest87 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Miller is right but buffalo had numerous chances in the third. Sometimes the hockey gods just aren’t on your side

  5. bmscalise - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    No, Mr. Ott, you didn’t “deserve” two points, because you didn’t win.

    The Pens are almost too business-like and play most of their games at about 80%. They assume a long season and only a few teams (Philly, NYR) get them worked up. Sometimes this bites them in the behind. But it also means that they can just rev it up to 100% for time (like they’ve been doing to open games) and overwhelm a less talented team. And that’s what happened: Miller can complain all he wants, but he would have had to steal this game.

  6. kgun80 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Sorry this has to be said. It may not be the reason the Pens won.. But I have never seen a team get so much preferential treatment.. Maybe Miller should have kicked the net off the pegs like Fleury when he lost sight of the puck?

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Feb 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Except, Buffalo had the last power play of the game with 7 minutes to go in the third period of a 3-3 tie. Unless you expected to refs to pick up the puck and throw it in the pens net to allow you guys to win, I don’t know what better chance they could have given you.

    • bgrillz - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Fleury was scrambling to the other post. Miller has neeeever done that(rolling my eyes).Both teams were 1-4 on the power play, including a nice 2 minute 5 on 3 for Buffalo. Man, you are so right. Total preferential treatment. Just be happy Washington lost again so you can stay out of the basement.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      hahaha wow….

    • johninpa - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Sure, preferential treatment. Like there is some conspiracy to give all the calls to the Pens. NHL officials and all the referees are in agreement, and have sworn themselves to secrecy so the conspiracy to give the Cup to the Pens won’t get out.

      The games are 60 minutes long, and you have to play for the full 60 minutes, especially against a talented team like the Pens. Nobody “deserved” two points, you earn them.

  7. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I’d be curious to find out why Ott thinks they “deserved the two points”? I think when you say that it implies that you thought you played significantly better than the other team, which really wasn’t true. I mean, they rallied and put up a heck of a fight to come back, but the whole reason they were in a hole in the first place is because the Pens played the game from the drop of the puck while the Sabres came to the game half way through the first period. Then the Pens continued to put a ton of shots on goal to rally back and get the late goal which gave them the win. It was a great game to watch, but you really don’t deserve 2 points whenever you fall apart in the last 10 minutes of the game and never showed up to play the first 10.

  8. flyerguy73 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Bryz is fine. The rest of our team is in the dumper.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Speaking of Bryz, that save that Miller had on Neal looked so eerily similar to the save Bryz had on Letang in the playoffs. Absolute robbery! Dang you, Ryan Miller!!

      • sabatimus - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        That save was the best save I’ve seen so far this year.

      • pajabroni - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Please don’t overrate the save. It was clear that Neal did not get everything he had behind the shot. He was laughing about it afterwards with Crosby. The only greatness on that play were the two passes made by 87 and 71 entering the zone. It is incredible how effortless they made it look.

        Best save of the year? Forgettaboutit

  9. ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Let’s be honest here the sabers crashing in to the Pens goal every other shift caused the net to come off. I like to see aggressive hockey so I’m not complaining but don’t blame The Pens for that. Watch the replays you will see it. Sabers tackled Neal and got away with a lot in that game. The officials let a lot go both ways. One Buffalo goal was on a 5 on 3 so don’t say they didn’t get any calls. Buffalo got out scored in a great, hard fought close game. That’s hockey and it happens. This could have went either way.

  10. kgun80 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    It was a wraparound Vanek was behind the net no one was near Fleury… He kicked it right off.. Whether he did it due to his momentum of moving left to right it’s a delay of game against any other team. And sorry every one is well aware of the junk they get away with. Just because Sid actually got called for a penalty for once doesn’t change the fact that they get preferential treatment everyone outside of Pittsburg can see it. The 3 on 5 happened because of 2 blatant easy calls. I know Buffalo blew it but don’t pretend these guys don’t get away with a lot.

    • ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM


    • darenpuppa31 - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Sid has over 400 career PIM. I’d say he has been called for plenty of penalties. The Sabres were not ready to start this game. The Penguins were. That’s all that matters and needs to be said. Congrats Pens fans.

    • leeackerman09 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Seeing as you spelled Pittsburg”h” wrong, your argument is invalid.

  11. buffalo65 - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Sabres will sleepwalk their way to the seventh or eighth seed and take the cup. Tough loss today, long way to go.

    • bgrillz - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      How big was the glass of delusion this morning?

  12. flyerguy73 - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Buffalo65, your dilusional. Your sabres, like my Flyers are not even in the running to make the playoffs.

  13. joewilliesshnoz - Feb 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I guess Ryan would rather not talk about the 1st and 2nd shots he faced today !

  14. buffalomafia - Feb 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Its time to fire coach & GM! Plus get rid of players like Kaleta who cant score!

    The Sabres only have 3 players that could score & a crappy defense! I dont blame Miller for being mad!

    I can see Miller in a Flyers, Blackhawks or Red Wings jersey!

    • rabidbillsfan - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Thats it, Buffalomafia, your internet privlegaes should be revoked. Change your handle, becuase it is stupid. Buffalo Mafia is 12-20, and is one of the stupidest things to come out of this city in a while. Before we start “Nick-naming” our fanbase, maybe we should put a team worth rooting for on the field/ice. Maybe you should be GM for a day so you can totally drive these two franchises into the ground because you obviously know what you are talking about. Buffalo has some of the most die-hard and knowledgable fans, unfortunatley those are not the people that inhabit these message boards. I’m a die-hard fan of both the Sabres and Bills, however, I am an objective fan of both sports as a whole. This isn’t fanstasy draft on Madden or EASHL in NHL, it’s real life. Learn the in’s and out’s of the actual bussiness before you start spouting off ridiculous opinions. Maybe we should get you out there in Kaletas place next game and see how many shots you block. That is all…

  15. kgun80 - Feb 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Kaleta is a good defensive forward he may not score but guess what? You need more than goal scorers.. Did you actually watch the game? Kaleta hits blocks shots and does a ton of dirty work. He’s a good role player.. There’s a lot of other guys like Gerbe Stafford Hecht and 3 d men who could definitely be cut before him

  16. wenzel0232 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    The Pens AND Sabres SUCK!


  17. wenzel0232 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    The Pens and Sabres are garbage

  18. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Then again why is Miller crying?

    He is 6′ 4″ & why is he always on his knees like a $2.00 hooker & always getting beat up high? Teams know to shoot high on Miller!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Miller is a great goalie – he faces more shots than anyone else in the league, on any given night. Perhaps something that management would want to look into….

  19. junterberger22 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I don’t see the pens getting away with anymore than others teams do…. I think they get that from rival fans because the pens are a good team, therefor a target. Although fluery knocked he net off it wasn’t intentional. At the point the net came off Vanek’s was not even close to wrapping the puck in

  20. colonelfancy - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    One of the best goaltenders on the planet is being wasted on a team that gave John Scott money and traded away Derek Roy. Yeah, they needed some grit and toughness, but at the expense of being able to score goals. What’s even more wasted, Vanek is having his best start so far.

  21. buffalomafia - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    @rabidbillsfan- You are a joke & homer! I bet you are unemployed, have a fat chowhound wife & eat Cheetos!

    No team in NHL would keep coach & GM this long! You are a diehard fan that doesn’t see the true reality!

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