Game 11: The Miller Shrug

I think fans are familiar with “The Miller Shrug.” You know, the shrug he gives after goals that he thought inexplicably went into the net. Well, he must have been doing that on the bench tonight after he got pulled in a 3-2 loss to the Flyers on home ice. The team was beyond terrible for about the first 7:00 of the game where they managed to play bad enough to get down 3-0. After that, I thought they played better than Philly did the rest of the game and Miller had to have been thinking “Where the heck was this effort when I was in net?” I was at the game tonight and I was appalled at how many people were  applauding Miller’s departure off the ice. The guy was left out on an island to die, but I guarantee that there will people who think that if Enroth was in there from the start, Buffalo would have won the game and that we’re on the verge of goalie controversy. To those people, I say that you need to pay way more attention to the game and not put all of the blame on the goalie. Anyways, here’s the rest of the recap.

The first period as I alluded to, was a mixed bag to say the least. Lindy changed up the lines and d-pairings to start off. Hard to tell whether they were ineffective or effective based on the way they were skating early on. The Flyers got on the board early, courtesy of rookie center, Sean Couturier who scooped up a loose puck in front of a wide-open net. Buffalo lost a ton of foot-races and were flat-out destroyed during that shift. Shortly after that, the Flyers had a 2-0n-1 against Christian Ehrhoff because of a bad outlet pass by Leopold. James VanRiemsdyk proceeded to rip a perfect shot up high into the net to make 2-0 Flyers. A few minutes later, Mike Weber’s defensive coverage allowed Scott Hartnell to basically waltz in and crank a slap-shot from the top of the circle over Miller’s shoulder. Miller’s was then serenaded with boos followed by cheers over him getting pulled for Enroth. Lindy also put the original forward lines back together after that and Buffalo started playing much better as well, but weren’t rewarded with any goals, so the fans let the rest of the team have as they went to the dressing room down 3-0.

In the second, the Sabres good play continued and they were rewarded with a good bounce. Buffalo’s first goal of the game came from Sekera after he smartly shot the puck slightly wide of the net because of all of the clogged shooting lanes and the shot went off the boards, behind Brysgalov. Unfortunately, Vanek went to the locker room with an injury during the period.  Not too much happened after that until the end of the period when Mike Weber got into a scrum with Braydon Coburn, much to the fans’ delight. Derek Roy and Zac Rinaldo also got penalties. Roy had an extra minor that carried into the third.

During the period, Buffalo’s penalty kill really shined. They really limited the Flyers’ chances and didn’t allow them to score. At about the 8:30 mark of the period, Vanek came back out on the ice and on his first shift back, he helped generate offensive zone possession that led to Luke Adam making it a 3-2 game. That was the last goal that they would score though and Buffalo would go on to lose and drop to 1-3-0 on the homestand. They wrap up the homestand on Friday against Calgary at 7:30.

Here are my quick hits:

-Lindy gets a big fat “F” for putting Weber out there with Regehr and basically setting him up to fail. The rust on Weber was really visible early on and it was a big factor in the 3rd Philly goal. Why wouldn’t you ease him in like you did with Gragnani? Fortunately, Weber settled down as the game went on.

-Vanek was a beast yet again. This team would be dead last in the East without him and Pominville.

-Sekera was the best player in the game. He made very good reads all game long in every zone. Nice to see him rewarded with a goal.

-*Insert obligatory Regehr is awesome* comment

-Leino-Roy-Stafford was probably the best line overall tonight, even though they didn’t get on the scoresheet. The points will come if they keep playing like that together. Hopefully, Leino can build on this game.

-Derek Roy was a monster on face-offs again. The improvement he’s made there is staggering.

-Enroth didn’t have much work, but he made some nice saves and helped keep the Flyers from scoring anymore goals

-Myers had one of his better games in awhile. He looked good rushing the puck and his decision-making was much better. More games like that please.

-Gerbe was great on the PK for the Sabres. I’d like to see him used there a little more often.

-Ehrhoff needs to get a clue. He’s been progressively getting worse and worse as the season has gone on. Not impressed with his choices in the offensive zone and his defensive play leaves plenty to be desired.

Scoring Summary:

Buffalo-  Sekera (Leopold, Adam), Adam (Vanek, Pominville)

Philadelphia- Couturier (Lilja, Voracek), VanRiemsdyk (Rinaldo), Hartnell (Giroux, Jagr)

Power Play:


Buffalo- 0-for-5

Philadelphia- 0-for-3

Scoring Per Period




Buffalo 0 1 1
Philadelphia 3 0 0
Shots On Goal





Buffalo 8 15 8 31
Philadelphia 14 5 7 26
Team Stats




Faceoffs Won


Buffalo 19 12 6 36 17
Philadelphia 16 7 3 19 31

Game Scoresheet

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