There used to be a vocal minority of Miller detractors, and one of their favorite songs to sing was “Miller never steals games!”. And while the rest of us know that this isn’t the first game he’s stolen, it’s one of the most obvious. The Sabres slept-walked through the first and most of the second, lucky that Ryan only allowed the one goal. Jordan Leopold evened the score for them, cleaning up a Stafford rebound. Montreal shot themselves in the foot, however, icing the puck with 6 seconds left in the second period. Goose won the draw, a couple of quick passes and Vanek blasts it home for the eventual game winner. Christian Ehrhoff added an empty netter.
You can be sure Lindy will be pressing the boys on the importance of a 60 minute effort, but it sure is nice to have the real Ryan Miller back there as a safety net against those 20 minute ones.