All of Buffalo woke up this morning elated after the Sabres stole Game one away from the Philadelphia Flyers last night in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals series.
It was a game in which Philadelphia dictated much of the tempo for the majority of the game, forcing Ryan Miller to stand on his head time and time again in front of a typically raucous, sold out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
Hometown hero Patrick Kaleta added the game’s only goal off of a great play that began with rookie Nathan Gerbe’s work in the corner. It was a goal which greatly exemplified just how well the line of Gerbe, Gaustad and Kaleta clicked throughout the game, becoming Lindy Ruff’s go-to-guys in the late goings.
Before the series began, Ryan Miller was considered by many to be the catalyst of this best of seven series. If he plays at the level shown in the 2010 Olympics, the Sabres will as a result dominate; if he struggles, the Flyers will have no trouble getting out of the first round.
Well Miller certainly proved his doubters wrong after last night’s brilliant performance, showing he is in fact dialed in for this year’s playoffs. Throughout his last seven games played, Miller is 5-1 with a 1.08 GAA and .966 SV% and has made most people forget about his early season struggles.
Although Miller likely doesn’t mind single-handedly stifling a potent Philadelphia offense, he will need much better support from the Sabres’ top lines if they are to win the three more games needed to move forward.
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