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Ryan Miller fumes, fights in another bad Sabres loss

Feb 23, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

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Changing head coaches hasn’t changed much for the Buffalo Sabres, who suffered an ugly 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. Some believed the worst moments came when Buffalo’s frustration boiled over, yet Ryan Miller hinted to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl that it was needed.

“It’s about [expletive] time,” Miller said.

Miller, 32, was in the middle of the action, even attempting to fight with Matt Martin. Video of that exchange will be added when available, but in the meantime, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh provides an amusing play-by-play:

New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple accuses the Sabres of going over the line during the final shift of the game:

Either way, it was a lopsided loss. Buffalo has suffered four defeats in a row and only have three victories in February. Things are so bad that even Ville Leino is calling out his teammates.

Big defenseman Tyler Myers told Vogl that the team needs to learn how to shake off early setbacks.

“I don’t like the way we react if the other team scores first,” Myers said. “It’s almost like, ‘Here we go again.'”

Sabres fans probably know the feeling.

  1. jimw81 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    how is Kaleta still playing in the nhl?

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:11 AM

      you may hardly describe this as “playing”

  2. jj9979 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    oh boy an Islanders “hockey writer” from newsday talking class?

    oh, right….

    • zetaone - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      “Class” has to be BY FAR the most overused words when talking about a person’s composure.

  3. mclovinhockey - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Wonder if miller will be hitting the trading block soon since the sabres can’t seem to please him. I hope the GM would get fired before considering that but it could always be a quicker fix than making this team good.

  4. bobc74 - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Miller’s no Brent Johnson!

  5. ron05342 - Feb 24, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Gee, guess it wasn’t the coach, after all.

    Imagine that.

  6. billsysabres - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Miller might act like Patrick roy pretty soon

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:14 AM

      Just: Patrick Roy was also an excellent goaltender…

  7. RoseTintedVisor - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Watch the clip: Weber RAILROADS Martin into Miller and jumps him. Martin was clearly breaking.

    and Kaleta the dirtbag ran Streit. Then paid the piper. Good on the Isles.

  8. 19to77 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    How does Ville Leino feel entitled to question anyone’s work ethic ever?

    • handsofsweed - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      That’s the point. That illustrates exactly how bad it’s gotten up there. Man, I feel bad for Buffalo fans. They are a loyal, hardy bunch and between this dumpster fire and the Bills? Yikes. Hang in there, guys.

  9. whiskytango333 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    This is why you dont fire your coach of 15 years in the middle of a shortened season. Nothing in this season should count for much if youre a team with long term forward thinking. Too many variables that normally dont occur.

  10. pensfan603 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The Sabres are the new Islanders of the NHL

  11. 19to77 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    All these defeatist comments from Miller and Leino, and especially the lines from Myers up there and the new coach about “always blinking first” tell you that what they really need is a better captain. If his team just lays down and dies every time a goal or two get scored early, the captain has to get the players zeroed back in. Pominville doesn’t seem to do that for the Sabres – and I’m not saying he isn’t trying, but he surely isn’t succeeding if he is. This is a weak-willed, pessimistic, defeated team. It needs a better leader.

  12. kgun80 - Feb 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    It really is time to just start taking the roster for value get some young talent. I wouldn’t have said this two weeks ago but trade Pominville,trade Vanek, you gotta scrap it and give young guys like Foligno and Ennis and Hodgson a chance to lead and take this team in a new direction. These guys although talented have just continued the status quo. Satisfied with mediocrity.. It’s just time to face the facts these guys have done squat since taking over as the leaders of the team.

    • zetaone - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      I’d love to see Vanek traded now personally.. He’s only going downhill from here on one of his perennial 15-20 game slumps he likes to go on every year. His contract is up after next year.. Trade him while his value is highest.

      I can’t stand his work ethic either. 75% of his goals are luck or trash in front of the net. Doesn’t make the goals count any less.. but people mistake what he does for pure talent, which it isn’t. He skates like he’s towing a 100lb sled behind him. His conditioning ever since he’s been in the league has been absolutely atrocious. Whenever he has short bursts where he tries to skate at a vigorous pace, where most players just keep on going, hes bent over winded for the longest time.

  13. ryanw822 - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    It’s a good thing they fired Lindy!!

    This team is so bad right now. Bunch of goons who dont realize you can find find tough players who are also good too.They need to start over from scratch and that may include trading away Miller.

    It’s kinda funny that they blow their load against Boston because after both wins vs the B’s, the Sabres have gone on to losing 3 straight the first time and now 4 straight the second time.

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