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Miller laments Toews’ winner: ‘It’s not a good goal’

Apr 22, 2014, 12:12 AM EDT

Ryan Miller, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane AP

All it took was one lucky break for the Chicago Blackhawks. Or one mistake by the St. Louis Blues.

Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal early in the first period and the Blackhawks went on to earn a 2-0 victory over the Blues in Game 3 of that best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final on Monday. The Toews goal came off a wrist shot from the slot that, at first glance, appeared to go off the stick of St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and through the legs of goalie Ryan Miller.

Nope. Instead, the puck just went straight in. In a low-scoring game, it was exactly what the Blackhawks needed to help get back into this series. They still trail the Blues 2-1 in that aspect.

Miller, who made 23 saves on 24 shots, lamented the Toews goal afterward.

“It’s not a good goal … leave it at that,” said Miller, as per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Meanwhile, the goalie at the other end, Corey Crawford recorded his third career Stanley Cup playoff shutout, making 34 saves.

“I thought it was a great response and tremendous effort by him,” said Blackhawks’ head coach Joel Quenneville, as per Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago.

  1. imgoingtowichita - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    “Leave it at that”.
    Not: the guys played great in front of me and I let them down; or we bounced back last game with the guys playing for each other and I failed them tonight and on and on.
    Show some humility when you cause the loss and take none of the credit when you win.
    Let him walk Doug – he never has been a team guy.

    • jhaegs - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      What are you talking about? Blues gotta produce some offense in front of Miller too. Playing in highschool, when we’d go down 1-0, we would always say “Had to score one to win it anyway”. The chances were there, and the Blues looked good in the loss. Crawford came up big, and we missed some on our own. The entire game I was saying, “Keep doing what you’re doing, and one will find it’s way in.”

      Came close, but it didn’t happen. I feel good going into the next game, and hope they put the same exact effort into it.

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:58 AM

        I’m simply speaking of Ryan Miller the individual in a team game. Too often I’ve watched him glare at the dman that blew the assignment leading to a goal. Luongo and Thomas are very much the same. Most observers of the game know who’s blown play leads to a goal, no need to highlight it with a stare and sunken/shrugged shoulders.

    • thomasvanek - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      He had literally zero goal support. You are an idiot.

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        “He called us names. CALLED US NAMES! But Dave was there …”

        Look, I’m merely pointing out that Miller is an Olympic talent with an AHL personality (sorry AHL). The quote, along with others and the fact that zero teammates came to his defense when Lucic ran him is all the proof I need to formulate my opinion. Keep in mind, that’s all it is – my opinion on his leadership as a goalie.

      • thomasvanek - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Yeah, none of his teammates cared about him in Buffalo at all. That is why Stafford was crying during the post-game interview of the the game after the news was released. I don’t even see the issue you have with the quote. All he is saying is that he realizes that he let in a weak goal and that is all he has to say about it.

    • titansbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      He took responsibility for the goal. What else do you want from him in this case? I mean, if you lose 1-0 then it isn’t the goalie’s fault that you lost, period. He may not be a team first guy but in this case I believe you are wrong.

    • krebsy34 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      You may as well just stop while you’re behind. What else do you want him to say? It’s the playoffs, he let in a bad goal and he knows it. Hell everyone knows it! You want him to sit there and say “Yeah ya know it sucks, but the guys really gave it their all?” No effin way is he or any keeper saying that after they lose a playoff game.

      If that puck is an inch higher it doesn’t go in and it goes to overtime 0-0. Instead of winning the game and going up 3-0 the series is now 2-1. And you want him to say something about how his team played when he knows full well one stop changes the entire game? You want him to take no credit when he wins, but when he doesn’t you want him to take all the blame. IT”S THE PLAYOFFS! It doesn’t matter if they played well in front of him. Hell he made 23 saves on 24 shots.

      He can’t score. The forwards are just at fault as Miller. They get paid to score, he gets paid to stop pucks.

      How many times was Miller there when the players in front of him needed it? 23 times.

      And your point that he’s not a team guy, please. Everyone knows in the playoffs the goalie IS the team. There is more pressure on the keepers than anyone else. You don’t have a good goalie in the playoffs you lose. Just look at Quick.

      And OMG he “Glares” at the dman when the dman makes a mistake. You don’t see Tom Brady giving kisses to his receivers when they drop a pass. Hockey is not a game for babies, if you can’t handle the “glares” then go watch soccer because you’re about as soft as they are.

  2. parasolmonster - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    It was good to me.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Meanwhile, Crawford outplayed Miller. Give Crow some credit.

    • jhaegs - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      Who didn’t give Crawford credit? I guess he needs his own article before you’re satisfied…

  4. billiam55 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    millers been known to let in a few softies here and there.

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