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Blues finish strong, give Miller a win in St. Louis debut

Mar 2, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

For two periods, it looked like the St. Louis Blues would leave Ryan Miller in a familiar situation during his debut with the team: without any goal support. That changed in a big way in the third period, however, as they stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 4-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.

The Blues shared this photo of Miller, 33, making one of his 23 saves:

That four-goal output in the third period was a bit odd from the Blues, as NHL.com’s Lou Korac illustrates:

After 540 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Miller garnered a win in his first start with St. Louis.

Here are the two goals Miller allowed, which included a very rare Paul Bissonnette tally:

Miller will play his first home game with the Blues on Tuesday as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Steve Ott also debuted for the Blues on Sunday. He generated two shots on goal and delivered three hits in 13:58 of ice time.

  1. bcsteele - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I was very impressed by Miller and can’t wait to see more! I was able to keep calm during the rushes and know he could handle it. And on the ones that did go in, a legit not much he could do. So stoked. And now that we found our offense again, I pray the storm begins!

    Let’s go Blues!!!

    • blomfeld - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      “I pray the storm begins” ? …

      Friend, I hate to break it to you but the ‘storm’ has already begun and it sure as hell ‘ain’t’ in Saint Louis ! No sir, if you want a ‘storm’ (sturm) then look no farther than those ‘cool’ men black … you know, the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings, the ‘biggest, baddest, toughest’ team in the business and your ‘worst’ nightmare come playoff time ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • alliceishome - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:08 AM

        Quit raining on their parade

      • dtownbeatdown - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        “you know, the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings”

        You do know the Blackhawks won the last cup right? Only in California would they still consider themselves champions 2 seasons after winning it.

        You better watch out because you know the 2008 champions Detroit Red Wings are coming for you in the cup final! (sarcasm)

    • cardsandbluesforever - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      miller looked sharp walking in with a brand new team. he bailed us out several times in the first and second period. he looked cool and confident throughout the game even after the weird butt goal.

  2. mdobrasz - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Good to see Miller producing for a contender (long time Sabres fan). It’s in the playoffs that you’ll see the fruits of you trade……this dude comes up big when it really matters. Best of luck, St Louis…..get him the cup he deserves!

  3. slickvb82 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    @blomfeld you are a ridiculous human being. Never a legitimate post, just pure non-sense.

    On a side note, actually relating to the story, congrats to Miller. I hated this trade as a Wild fan, but happy for him to be on a team that will compete for the Cup! Good for him.

    • blomfeld - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      “do not seek revenge against your enemy, offer him fruit instead … bananas if possible” Mathew 14:5

      GO BLUES GO !!! :)

      • slickvb82 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Thank you for proving my point! haha…I can’t even be mean and give you a hard time, I almost feel bad for you.

      • blomfeld - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        please have a banana friend ! :)

      • jhaegs - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        That’s about 20x you’ve posted that exact video. Get some new material, blom.

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        Jhaegs – in all seriousness friend, your Blues have ‘always’ been one of my favorite teams going all the way back to ’67 expansion ! … Hall, Unger, Plager … are you kidding me ? :)

        GO BLUES GO !!!

  4. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Good for Miller. The Blues are going to be tough to beat with him at his best.

  5. jhaegs - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    I knew that once they scored one, the flood gates would open. That whole “not scoring” thing was just a fluke… kind of like the “Kings scoring” fluke.

  6. schusters3 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Or the Kings knocking your beloved Blues out the past two years’ fluke?

    • jhaegs - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      We didn’t have Miller… we didn’t even have Halak due to injury.

  7. janoon2013 - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Good luck, Ryan! I hope you win it all in St. Louis!!

  8. thailer35 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Hey Maloney, the trade deadline is Wednesday. Just thought you should be aware.

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