It's never a waste of time to talk to Ryan Miller. The media had to wait more than a half-hour today while Miller was meeting with some equipment company reps about his gear and it was no big deal. You knew it would be worth the wait and it was.
Like his teammates, Miller has been a little off his game of late. He's lost all three of his starts this month, posting a 4.07 goals-against average and .874 save percentange in them. That's ugly. Miller got in 25 minutes of extra practice today with Patrick Lalime, something that the compressed schedule hasn't allowed him to do much of lately. He's hoping that helps when he gets back in the net Tuesday against Boston as the Sabres try to snap their four-game losing streak.
"I've had games where I've made mistakes and had shutouts this year," Miller said. "I've had some games where I've made mistakes and they've burned me. I'm going to take it as they come, take it in stride and just go out and repeat. Everything evens out toward the end of the year. It feels big at the time. The big part of it is if you let things start to creep into your head, get uneasy and start to lose confidence as a team. That's exactly the wrong way to think."
As he usually does, Miller gave a wide-ranging interview today. He talked about his own play, dealing with Olympic preparations and even what went into the design on his Olympic mask. Listen to Miller's entire session with the media:
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