Sabres’ Ryan Miller robs Grabovski - VIDEO
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • January 13, 2014 @ 10:12am
Though his 12-18-1 record may suggest otherwise, Ryan Miller is in the middle of a special season for the Buffalo Sabres, keeping his often over-matched team in games.
Sure, there are underlying factors that may contribute to his elevated play—he’s in a contract year, he could be shipped to a contender at the trade deadline, and there’s no doubt that Miller wants another chance between the sticks at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
With magical stick saves like the NHL.com video above on Washington’s Mikhail Grabovski—a former Leaf, which arguably makes Miller’s denial even sweeter—the veteran Sabres goalie may be playing his best hockey at the perfect time. (For a different angle—from an inside-the-net camera—scroll down this page for a GIF).
How much longer will he sport the blue and gold?
The Sabres beat Washington, 2-1, in a shootout on Sunday evening. Miller stopped 28 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime before stonewalling Eric Fehr and Alex Ovechkin in the shootout. Nicklas Backstrom missed the net on his attempt before Cody Hodgson won it for Buffalo.
Miller’s 2014 stats (with his career averages in parentheses):
Record: 12-18-1 (he’s a ridiculous 6-1 in shootouts this year)
Goals against average: 2.58 (2.59)
Save percentage: .928 (.916)
Shootout save percentage: .806 (.715)
(Header image is a screen capture from the NHL.com video).