NEW YORK -- Because the Rangers played last night and don't do morning skates in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden, Ryan Miller didn't face the horde of Big Apple media you might have expected early this afternoon in the wake of his Olympic heroics. But an MSG camera crew for the Rangers telecast was on hand and Miller, as always, didn't disappoint with his insight.
Does he expect to hear some applause for Rangers fans tonight like he did Tuesday in Pittsburgh?
"Our team was a source of pride for people and that was a big positive for us," Miller said. "A lot of guys really felt good about being mentioned in circles far more than the standard sports page. Getting that to happen here might be a surprise but if it can happen in Pittsburgh, I guess it can happen anywhere. Pittsburgh has pretty loyal fans and New Yorkers obviously have a reputation for being a little more brash but they're loyal too."
More from Miller today:
---On the media whirlwind he's been on the last three weeks: "I've been doing a lot of talking about myself which is something I'm not really used to. Probably in Buffalo a little bit I am, but [the WNY media] have all heard my stories. Apparently, more people want to now what I'm all about so that's a little different.
"I'm just trying to stay positive with that and embrace it. It's not a chance to promote myself as much as it's a chance to promote the game. What they want to know about me doesn't necessarily fall in line with what I've been telling the sports pages for the last 10-12 years."
---On attending the closing ceremonies a couple hours after losing the gold medal game: "I tried to have fun with the whole Olympic experience and that's why I went and did it. I kind of planned on doing it from the start if I had the chance. If we played in the game, I wanted to do it. No matter the outcome, I was going to be there.
"I had to do drug testing and I had about five minutes to shower and get into that outfit which took a little bit of work because everything was explained on a pamphlet and you tried to do everything right so you didn't look out of place. It was a fun experience to be part of an Olympic moment not just with my event. It was something bigger where people were celebrating the whole Olympics."
---On the Sabres' current 0-6-2 slide on the road: "We have to get something going. Looking at that streak of games, we've never been that far off. There just seems to have been a series of letdowns we haven't made up for. If we accept hockey is about mistakes, you have to play to win and keep playing. Those mistakes will happen. You just have to keep going.
"Look at [Friday's 3-2 overtime win over Philadelphia]. Timmy Connolly made a mistake. We rebounded on the bench and he went and did something about it. It's about attitude and that was great to see. We have to go out and have full intention of winning every night."
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