This was a series in which Miller did not steal a game.
This was a series in which Miller was outplayed by Chicago Corey Crawford, who received far less fanfare than the ex Sabre despite having led the Hawks to a Cup a year ago.
Is Ryan Miller one of the better goalies in the sport? Of course. Winning the 2009 10 Vezina Trophy underscores that.
Will a team shell out $7 million US for Miller this season? Not sure the Blues will, especially with goalie of the future Jake Allen waiting in the wings . Wonder if Jaroslav Halak is smiling somewhere after the Blues deemed him not good enough to get them past the first round and dealt him to Buffalo in the Miller swap. How that work out for St. Louis? . Give Blues GM Doug Armstrong credit for at least not sitting on his hands and instead being proactive in recent seasons, trading for Jay Bouwmeester a year ago and Miller this year. Armstrong for it and that is to be commended. Indeed, the Bouwmeester Kevin Shattenkirk Alex Pietrangelo trio is as good as you find in the league. But the Achilles heel for this team is the lack of game changers up front. Oshie? Those are good players but they hardly have the same impact when it comes time to scoring big goals as the likes of Patrik Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.
As for Miller, he told reporters when asked about his plans moving forward that he was now free to attend his sister in law wedding.
NHL officials are the best zebras in pro sports but they continue to struggle in these playoffs. Ref Justin St. Pierre was in bad position when he claimed Steve Mason had frozen the puck Sunday when the disc clearly was sitting behind the Flyers goalie. After it was poked in by the Rangers Marty St. Louis, it was immediately waved off. And since plays where the whistle has been blown are not reviewable, the Rangers were helpless. They did go on to beat Philly 4 2 to take a 3 2 lead in the series, but that doesn wipe out yet another officiating faux pas.
have been eliminated in the first round, this time by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were part of that Flyers team that beat the Bruins. were a little better (Saturday) night and still got a ways to go, Carter told reporters Sunday of the Kings 3 0 Gane 5 win. Quick) had to make some big saves for us, but when we playing our game and playing the way we know we can, we a confident group. Minute of Play
Miller will have time to go to that ceremony because the Blues have been eliminated. The outcome wasn solely his fault. But he didn do enough to change it from happening, either. And that why, in games that really matter, he has yet to prove himself to be Under Armour Boots Waterproof
After winning the opening two games in their first round series for two consecutive years, the Blues dropped the next four both times, earning the reputation as a team that close. Interestingly, that the same rap the Sharks have been trying to shake for years. But after San Jose went up 3 0 in their series with the Kings only to drop the next two entering Game 6 Monday Under Armour Zipper Shoes in Los Angeles, you can already hear Sharks fans going: no, not again. . Canadian Olympian Marc Edouard Vlasic did not practise for the Sharks Sunday after being injured in Game 5 . The Kings are trying to do what only the 1942 Leafs, Islanders and 2010 Flyers have accomplished come back from a 3 0 deficit to win a series. The Kings Under Armour Shoes Basketball Price
At the same time, Ryan Miller has not been a difference maker when it matters most.
Ryan Miller certainly not Captain Clutch
When it comes to performing at crunch time, is not a word you can use to describe Ryan Miller.
True, the first three came in Buffalo, where the Sabres weren the NHL most talented team in recent memory.
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Not in the post season, at least. And certainly not at the Vancouver Olympics where, with the title on the line, Sidney Crosby golden goal came on a stoppable shot from a bad angle.
After the Blues could not snap a 1 1 tie despite outshooting Chicago 17 3 in the second period Sunday, the Hawks beat Miller twice in the first 121 seconds of the period, part of a four game outburst that left the Blues on the short end of a 5 1 score. In the end, Miller allowed five goals on 27 shots.
With Miller set to become an unrestricted free agent, coach Ken Hitchcock was quick to say he didn want to discuss either the goalie performance or his future at the time being.
Having said that, Miller has now lost four consecutive playoff series dating back to 2007.
It a conclusion that comes by examining his career body of work, not just his efforts for the St. Louis Blues in their six game elimination at the hands of the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.
This was a series in which Miller allowed less than three goals in a game just once, that coming in a 2 0 loss in Game 4.
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