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Scorching toward Sochi: Ryan Miller stops Caps in shootout

Dec 29, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

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If the top goalie spot on the U.S. Olympic team really will come down to Ryan Miller vs. Jonathan Quick, then the Buffalo Sabres goalie is making a strong argument in favor of an encore performance from his dazzling silver medal work from 2010.

Miller made a career-high 49 saves to steal a 2-1 shootout win for his Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, topping the Washington Capitals in impressive fashion. (NHL.com’s Brian Compton described it as arguably the best goalie performance of the 2013-14 season so far.)

At times, it seemed like Miller willed the American team to victories during that impressive run in Vancouver. U.S. fans may be delighted to know that the 33-year-old has responded well to the toughest challenges this season … and no, that’s not just a jab at playing for the struggling Sabres.

Impressive.

Miller now has a five-game point streak going (4-0-1) as he continues to be a go-to guy for a Buffalo franchise that lacks many (if any) other dependable performers.

It could be another special run for Miller, who happens to have a ton of money on the line in a contract year, too.

  1. pmonte3122 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    He should be no 1

    • 19to77 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Quick has been out for a long time and will doubtless need a few games to shake out the rust. Plus, he wasn’t exactly living up to his usual form when he WAS healthy. Barring Quick coming back and going on an immediate hot streak, I can’t see any reason not to name Miller the starter again.

  2. 19to77 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    “With a career-high 49 saves today, Ryan Miller is now 3-0-0 in games in which he faced 50 or more shots.”

    Uh.

    • gcballplaya3 - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      49 saves + 1 goal allowed = 50 total shots.

      You’re welcome.

    • thomasvanek - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      C’mon bud it’s 5th grade math he allowed one goal in 50 shots 50-1=49

    • buddysguys - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      The More You Know.

    • cofran2004 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      derp.

      50 shots – 1 goal = 49 saves.

      My post has as much merrit as yours. And I said derp. Congrats.

  3. stunzeed5 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Grabovski missed a wide open net during the shootout!!! :(

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