Even one of the finest astronaut’s in Canadian history, Chris Hadfield, couldn’t of scored against Ryan ’It’s Miller Time’ Miller as the Sabres ‘Keeper of the twines’ stoned the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 last night in front of 19,475 of Leafs faithful.
With 35 shots directed at Miller the Leafs could only find the back of the net on Miller once and that was late in the 3rd period, on a power play goal scored my Nazem Kadri (told you the kid is good) his second in two games so far.
The Leafs kept coming and coming at the Sabres but the ‘Stone Wall’ was put up early and with the offence from the line of Jason Pominville and Cody Hodgson of the Sabres was all that was needed. From the Leafs they seemed a bit slow coming out of the gate but once the 1st period got going the young guns started moving but to no avail.
The ‘Leafs Nation’ will have to get used this sometimes as these young players on the Leafs (2nd youngest team in the NHL this year) will be firing but sometimes not all at the same time. Frustration will be the key for Coach Carlyle to keep at bay as much as he can and teach these players that they will need to keep it going even through a hot tender.
Miller improved to 28-14-0 all-time against the Leafs and now stands at a 2.44 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. He has more wins (28) against the Leafs then anyother team. Even crashing the net wouldn’t bother the Sabres goalie as Phil’The Thrill’ Kessel tried to do in the second which started a little bit of a fuss but nothing came of it.
It just seems here that the Miller has the Leafs number, simple as that. But some how through out the season the TML will need to solve this problem of scoring against hot goaltending or it will be another long season for Leaf Fans….again.
Until next time.
See you after the game.
By Warren Nye, UltimateHockeySource.com
January 23rd, 2013