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Miller gets first shutout with Blues in win vs. Flyers

Apr 1, 2014, 11:19 PM EDT

Once Ryan Miller got over the shock of being traded from the Buffalo Sabres, he probably envisioned winning games like he did on Tuesday.

The U.S.-born netminder earned his first shutout with the St. Louis Blues tonight, stopping all 31 Philadelphia Flyers shots. Actually, both Miller and Ray Emery technically earned shutouts, but the former got the win as the Blues won 1-0 via the shootout.

And, yes, T.J. Oshie continued his brilliant shootout work with a goal in that format.

Miller, Blues keep climbing

Miller, 33, actually went quite a while without a shutout. He didn’t register one in 40 games this season with Buffalo or 40 with the Sabres in 2012-13. His most recent one came on March 21, 2012 against the Montreal Canadiens.

With this win, the Blues beef up their lead on the Western Conference’s top seed, giving them four wins in their last five games.

Flyers hit a rough patch

The Flyers are hitting a bit of a speed bump on their end.  With two consecutive shootout losses, they’ve now lost four of five. That being said, this was a tough run of games, with two games apiece against the Pittsburgh Penguins (March 15 and 16), St. Louis Blues (today and March 22) and single matchups against substantial competition since mid-March. They’ve only faltered recently, so it’s not necessarily time to be too concerned.

Even so, Thursday’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets should be an interesting test, as Columbus is four points behind Philadelphia.

Update: The New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks, so here’s an updated look at the East:

  1. orangegesus - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Flyers fan, much I have nothing but respect for Ryan Miller.

    He stole those two points. And is fun to watch.

    He’s going to be tough to beat in seven with that team in front of him.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Jamie McLennan interviews Miller, and asks him how the Blues stack up against the Kings, Ducks and Sharks. Does McLennan not understand the new playoff structure? Blues would only play one of the teams, and only if they make it to the third round. It’s really a question of how they stack up against the Wild and then Chicago or the Avs.

  2. jhaegs - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Miller stepped his game tonight. THAT’S why we traded for him- to steal games when the offense (and defense at times) isn’t performing well. Osh was clutch again and Shatty with another game winner!

    Great game Philly! Wouldn’t mind seeing these two play each other in a few months. ;)

    • blomfeld - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      The Blues, Jhaegs and such as …

      • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        Priceless! I believe Miller who came from Buffalo… ah…. his wife works in CA, ah… and Emery is ah…. a good boxer too. When the team ah…. such as ah… Manchester United is not ah… well playing good tennis, then ah… the goalie has to step up and ah…. Emery did that ah… with the other team.

      • yougotgirouxed - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        blomfeld I usually hate you videos but this was awesome. It had nothing to do with anything but its funny as hell

      • blomfeld - Apr 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        may God bless comrade Joey … and for kicks, may God also bless this other guy called Yougotgirouxed ! :)

    • paperlions - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Yep, finally. That is the Miller I have been waiting to see. Great saves to keep the Blues in the game….though, if I am being honest, a couple of those were helped by Flyers not getting good wood on shots at the open net, failing to lift the puck or putting it toward the middle of the net instead of just inside the post.

      Still, great game by Miller….he just needs to repeat that every game of the playoffs.

      • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        If you’re a blues fan, and I suspect you are, (captain obvious :-) ) you better be hoping the Blues don’t play like they did last night. That was brutal man. Very ugly especially in the first, and part of the second.

      • paperlions - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Yeah, it was uncharacteristic….the nice thing was that mistakes on defense did not turn into goals, whereas that had been occurring at about a 90% rate the last few weeks.

        The point, to some degree, is having a goalie that can steal games when you aren’t at your best and can slam the door when you are….the last few post-seasons, it was the blues having games stolen from them by opposing goalies.

  3. flyerspsu - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Hell of a game by both goalies, but another great game settled by the ridiculous shootout that was pretty much plalrrady decided before it was even began

  4. flyerspsu - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Hell of a game by both goalies, but another great game settled by the ridiculous shootout that was pretty much predecided before it even began

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    “Flyers hit a rough patch”… the record says that but they’re playing the best in the league and still getting points. People who haven’t watched them play would say they’re struggling. They’re a few points behind the Rangers but after tonight will still have two games in hand. It’s not easy to beat LA, NY, Boston, and St. Louis in a row. I mean they have a two game losing streak but it was two shootouts to the top two teams in the league…misleading.

    • James O'Brien - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      The sentences following the words in bold letters express more or less the same point:

      That being said, this was a tough run of games, with two games apiece against the Pittsburgh Penguins (March 15 and 16), St. Louis Blues (today and March 22) and single matchups against substantial competition since mid-March. They’ve only faltered recently, so it’s not necessarily time to be too concerned.

      • jhaegs - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:51 AM

        BOOM!

  6. spetznaz777 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    i really hope this is a cup final matchup.

  7. President Charles Logan - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    the fact that teams even get a point when losing a sporting event is sad.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      …he brings up when the FLYERS lose in a shootout.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        i bring it up on alot of posts about alot of teams

  8. hockeyfan28 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    Still two games in hand no less to go from the worst record in hockey to going punch for punch with the best in hockey this has been an interesting year…..still the shootout gotta go heck go 3 on 3 if you have to for 5 minutes

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Yes, I’m not a fan of the shootout either. I wonder, though, how Oshie feels about it. That is, except for the fact that he’s money.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      don’t worry. looking forward to ongoing OT in the playoffs.

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        Amen to that, ibie!

  9. joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Big win for the Flyers!

    Hitchcock has to be pissed with how his team played especially at the outset. The Blues looked like the hockey version of the “keystone Kops”. Oy vey!

    It’s a game of mistakes and there were plenty last night from both teams. Only the awesome goaltending at both ends kept the game close.

  10. everyonesuksbutme - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Let’s remember that the Flyers have a 15-10-3 record against the supposedly mighty western conference…..oh yeah did I forget to say 3 out of 4 pts against the blues

  11. President Charles Logan - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    there’s 3 certainties in life…….
    death
    taxes
    and the flyers choking in the playoffs

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