Sabres-Devils: Ryan Miller Blanks New Jersey for Second Straight Shutout

Andrew GierContributor INovember 4, 2008

Still thinking about calling him "Mr. Softee"? For the second game in a row, Ryan Miller recorded a shutout and showed the NHL why the Sabres are a team with which to be reckoned.

Miller was perfect again, stopping all 24 shots sent his way, earning his ninth career shutout.

"Most of the time he is the best player on the ice, pretty much every game," said Patrick Kaleta, who scored the insurance goal in the third period, his first of the season. "He comes to play every night and gives us a chance to win."

You have to give the rest of the defense some credit in all of this.

With the return of captain Craig Rivet, who missed five games with a knee injury, the Sabres were electric on the special teams. They killed seven consecutive penalties to end the game, and fought through a tough two-minute stretch where New Jersey had emptied their net and pinned Buffalo in their own zone.

After waiting through much of the first where Buffalo out-shot New Jersey 20-3, Miller faced second and third periods that saw the Sabres out-shoot 12-5 and 9-5, respectively. He handled some great shots on the penalty kill, and was all around superlative in posting his second shutout of the season.

The Buffalo goalkeeper has often been criticized by Buffalo fans for losing focus towards the end of matches and letting in soft goals. After his recent performance, though, it might be time to put away the cones and the ice cream truck music.

Ryan Miller doesn't look to be serving any right now.