Ryan Miller is going to be the hands down recipient of the Game Puck for Game Four against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Buffalo Sabres goaltender was in typical form that we saw in games one and two, yet the team in front of him again continues to struggle to put the puck in the net.
I was also thinking that Thomas Vanek could have been in the running, again scoring the only goal for the Buffalo Sabres. His late penalty for cross checking voided that, as the Hurricanes scored on the ensuing power play to seal the game.
I don’t blame Vanek for that penalty – he gets the same abuse when he stands in front of an opposing goalies net night in and night out, and rarely if ever gets a call – he was just trying to create space. I think the reason the call was made was Vanek’s stick went as high as it did.
If your team can find the offensive touch, having your goalie stop 39 of 41 shots is going to lead to victory more often than not. The rest of the staff weighs in:
Rich Spalding gave kudos to Ryan Miller – if the Buffalo Sabres had managed to find away to pull the game even with the extra attacker – this is the game that Ryan Miller stole for you.
AJ Haller pushed the comments even one step furhter – how much more do you want the guy to do? If the team in front of him isn’t scoring – your goalie can’t win them all.
The play of the night for Ryan Miller that sealed his honor with the game puck: