Sochi, Russia (WGR 550) -- Team USA followed up their impressive win over Russia with a 5-1 rout over Slovenia on Sunday morning.
Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller made 17 saves in the contest. It was Miller’s first game for the red, white and blue as Head Coach Dan Bylsma elected to go with Los Angeles Kings Goalie Jonathan Quick for Team USA’s first two games of the tournament.
Phil Kessel got things going early for the Americans scoring 1:04 into the contest on the first shot of the game. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward added another in the opening period to put USA up 2-0.
In the second period, Kessel completed his hat trick and Blake Wheeler added another to give USA a 4-0 lead.
Early in the third period, David Backes continued the scoring frenzy with his second goal of the tournament. Slovenia also had to finish out the game without their best forward, as Los Angeles Kings Center Anze Kopitar was not on the bench in the final period of the game.
Things were looking good for Ryan Miller, until the final minute of the game when Marcel Rodman spoiled the Sabres goalie’s shut-out. Still, Team USA went on to win the game 5-1.
The win completes Team USA’s preliminary round and locks them in as the first seed in the Group A bracket, which automatically puts them in the quarterfinals. Stay tuned to WGR 550 for the latest Olympic news.
Miller Makes 17 Saves as USA routs Slovenia 5-1
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show them what you got miller.
Well i guess that will show the whiner club what miller can do if he got a good team in front of him. Shut them out for almost entire. Well he didn't look like a bum to me. But this is not just about miller. I mean the whole team play their a$$ off. Its really going to a shame if miller leave us. because as we see, we really don't have a replacement for him. but for know congrats go to the us, For a impresive win. LET GO U.S.A.
Say what ?
What LOoser!! Playing against the HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS!!! NICE SOFTEE AT THE END!!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!!!! THANK GOD FOR JONATHAN QUICK!!!
SURE GLAD THEY GAVE HIS "QUICKNESS" A REST!!!
BOY!, THANK GOD that Slovemeniania has an "Olympic Ice Hockey" team! PERFECT time to give Jonathan Quick a well deserved REST!!!! Oh by the way, nice to see MR SOFTEE "STARRING" in his BACK UP ROLL!!!!!!
the last goal
Mr. Softy strikes again....hahahahaha
Wondering... COULD THE "ELITE ONE" be a STARTER on...
On the "womens" Olympic Ice Hockey team????? NOPE!!!! WHAT A LOoSER!!!!
CROSBY'S WORRIED NOW!!!!
He's fretting that "THE ELITE ONE" may not start against his "BIG RED MACHINE"!!!! YIKES!!! you mean it may be JONATHAN QUICK!!!!! OH NO!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO "THE ELITE" ONE? WHAT? NO MORE "SOFTEES" FOR Sid???? ARGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!! EH!!????
YEP!! CROSBY... GET REady for JONATHAN QUICK!!!!!
MR SOFTEE... RIGHT WHERE HE BELONGS.......
AVERAGE BACKUP PLAYING AGAINST HIGH SCHOOLERS!!!! WHAT A LOoSER!!!!!!!
WHAT NO "ELITE" SHUTOUT AGAINST A "HIGH SCHOOL TEAM"!!???
WHAT A LOoSER!!!!!!!!!!!1
IF MR SOFTEE WAS A RADIO STATION SHE'D BE...
WGR550!!!! HOPELESSLY MEDIOCRE!!!
WELL, THANK GOD THAT'S OVER.... NOW GET HER BACK ON THE BENCH!!!
WHERE SHE BELONGS!!!
Miller was solid, nice job. Sorry to see that seeing eye goal go in there at the end. Even if he DID get a shutout here looks to me like Quick will be starting the rest of the way.
If it were me I would have Miller starting the semis, but looks like the coach has his mind made up...
Soft team for...
Soft team for Mr Seftee. Only had to make 17 saves. If he had pressure put on him by a better team it would of been a different ending. Obviously they did not watch any tape on him or they would of put the puck up high and on the blocker side. When that occurs it is a given goal on Miller. He will be back on the bench after this one.
17 SAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 17!!
WOW! That "SLOVENIANIA"'s pretty impressive, way to go CRyan!! That's really "ELITE"! LOLLOL.
CROSBY = NO GOALS YET... BUT HE'S CRYIN FOR CRyan...
He's hopin CRYAN gets the start when THE BIG RED MACHINE plays the US. HEY SYD... you are NEVER gonna see "CRYAN" THIS TIME! JONATHAN QUICK is GONNA BREAK CANADAian HEARTs!!
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Love the title
WOW Miller really made 17 saves and oh yeah, USA won. WGR still peddling that guy as "the best". I hope it stops when he gets traded.
this is nothing new to Miller? he can play a fantastic game then let a soft one thru -I don't think he has a chance to play any more games unless Quick GIVES it to him? but this does give Murray something to think about- if Miller had some decent help in front of him and the forwards played like they should? the Sabres would be in the playoffs every year- facing only 18 shots? wasn't it something like over "50" shots in one Sabre game?
Miller Should Start the rest of the games!
Yes I think Miller should start the rest of the games for the USA. I know if he doesn't, Sydney Crosby will be disappointed!
Now We Know
After Sabres losing 100's of game since 2006 in the last minute of play. GUESS WHO. It’s him and always has been. Chokes just like former Bruins coach Mike Milbury described on national TV. He will get you there but cant close.
Quick not so quick!
So everyone's talking about how few shots miller faced, what about Quick?? The game against Russia he only faced 23 shots and let in 2, and the 1st one he completely!
Ok he didn't get a shutout but he won.
Hey a win is a win. And this is not about miller, this is about us getting the goal. Quick your crying because Mr softee Mr bum won't being playing here next year. If i was miller when i get back to buffalo. I would demand a trade. Let them play the other elite goalees For lol. Say what you want to say about miller. But you can't blame him for this mess that sabres are in. And all this talk we going to get the first round pick. So what they still are going to be trash this year. Its just going to be even more losses with out miller. But to the real miller and buffalo sabres fan. LETS GO USA. Let the whiner whin. because when miller dose leave they haven't seen nothing yet. So cry on and on and on. for your crying out loud.
I'm not exactly sure, but I'm guessing Miller blew close to 23 shutouts in his career with Buffalo late in third periods. Hmmmmmm.
Live from my Armchair
It wouldn't have mattered who was in goal yesterday or even the first game. The goal support was there for either goaltender. If Miller would have got the call against Russia, the US most likely would have lost. Quick was huge in that game even if he knocked the net off the moorings in the 3rd. Smart move by him knowing Olympic rules and did it when the officials weren't looking and with the pressure on moving side to side knocking the net off enough before Russia scored the potential go ahead goal, but it was disallowed because of that net being off. Big save of the game there for sure. Will Howard maybe get the next call in net? Score at least five and keep the shots against in the teens. I don't care who's in net and just go and get the Gold. Whatever, it's a team...give all the players a chance to play to feel part of it.
Quick was much better Saturday
Especially in the shootout and against that nuclear offense that the Russians put out there. Let's not kid ourselves here team USA played the sisters of the poor yesterday. Bylsma knows what he is doing here. He knows that in the biggest of games Miller just won't get the job done. Play Miller in the filler games like yesterday's and Quick for the games that really matter. If Miller played Saturday it's a loss. Quick has the edge. He bends the rules (he dislodged the net when the ref wasn't looking)and will do whatever it takes to win. Miller plays by the rules and simply would have gotten beaten on that play. Quick has a focus, a competitive advantage that Miller just simply does not have in big games. When you go back to 2010 it was no fluke that Crosby scored the game winner. Crosby get's the goal everytime and Miller has zero and I mean zero ability to stop it from happening. Quick is a winner. We should all count our blessings that we have Jonathan Quick as the top goalie and pray he does not get hurt. If Quick get's hurt this team is in huge trouble and has no shot at gold.
Re: show them
I am so sick of hearing "Well i guess that will show the whiner club what miller can do if he got a good team in front of him." Did you forget the Sabres won a presidents trophy and had 2 deep playoff runs? HE HAD A GOOD TEAM IN FRONT OF HIM AND STILL HAS NO CUP OR GOLD MEDAL! HE IS TOO FRAGILE IN THE HEAD TO EVER WIN IT ALL. k. bye.
re: solid game....... LOL!!!
"If it were me I would have Miller starting the semis". First of all, thank goodness the US the coaches are NOT ON THE SAME DRUG your on and will start a REAL PROFESSIONAL GOALIE-QUICK the rest of the way. Secondly the QUARTERS preceed the Semi's but hey DON'T LET THE BEER AND DRUGS CLOUD YOUR EMPTY MIND. WHAT AN IDIOT!