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Sens’ Anderson edges Sabres’ Miller in impressive goalie battle

Oct 4, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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If you want a snapshot of the stunning array of choices that the U.S. Olympic team possesses regarding high-end goaltending, look no further than Friday’s showdown between the Ottawa Senators’ Craig Anderson and the Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller.

There was one goal scored (Erik Karlsson‘s game-winner) despite 81 shots on goal between the two teams, giving Anderson the edge over Miller, although Miller generated 45 saves to Anderson’s 35.

The first period was particularly ridiculous, as Miller stopped 23 and Anderson turned away 16.

(This post will be updated with a highlight video, because one can only assume that both netminders were forced to make some dazzling saves.)

Anyway, it all brings up some fascinating questions:

  • Is it safe to say that Anderson, 32, is an elite goalie? His resume is certainly building.
  • Would either of these guys be in the mix for your goalies if you were putting the team if you were U.S. team GM David Poile?
  • Should we start some sort of “good goalie in bad situation” support group for guys like Miller?

  1. thomasvanek - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    “(Erik Karlsson‘s OT game-winner)”-lol it didn’t go to overtime

    • James O'Brien - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Fixed, thanks, Vanek.

  2. sterogatory - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    If Anderson can avoid a freak injury (read chicken breast) he will challenge for the Vezina. Miller will get shell-shocked with Buffalo all year long

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    That was one of the few game I’ve seen where I would agree with the saying “It’s too bad somebody had to lose”, with respect to goaltending. Anderson & Miller each produced a couple saves you’ll be seeing in highlight montages for the rest of the season. Too bad for Buffalo, Eric Karlsson is the realness.

  4. ralphwilsonisrich - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Two games and one goal, lets trade Vanek!

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