There hasn’t been much to cheer about in the sports city of Buffalo this season as the Buffalo Sabres currently have the worst record in the NHL and have only 21 points. But tonight they got a rare win against one of the best teams in the league in the Boston Bruins. The final score was 4-2 and the Sabres were able to come from behind at a 2-1 deficit but the story in tonight’s victory was the play of Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.
Miller appears to be back to his old dominant self. He had 34 saves on 36 shots in this game and that marks five out of his last six games that he has allowed two goals or less. In those six games the Sabres are 4-2 and that’s saying a lot considering they only have nine wins the entire season.
Miller got help tonight with goals from Brian Flynn, Marcus Foligno, Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers, but Miller looked vintage in this one. Turning away shot after shot and gobbling up rebounds like he did back when he was the goalie for Team USA. He fought off a two-goal flurry from Brad Marchand and had 15 saves in the third period alone.
While Miller hasn’t been great this year the true problem has been the offense as they are dead last in the league scoring only 1.6 goals per game. It’s going to take a lot for the Sabres to make any sort of run because they dug themselves so deep of a hole, but tonight’s performance by Miller against a great team like Boston is a mighty encouraging sign.