By Mike Harrington
The Sabres' bizarre 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings was really all Ryan Miller.
He made 43 saves while enduring the eighth 40+-shot game of the season for a Buffalo opponent. He improved to 46-27 all-time in shootouts, snapping a tie with Henrik Lundqvist for the all-time NHL lead in victories, and did so in a game where the Sabres were outshot, 45-17.
Only one time in the Sabres' history, a 7-5 win at Boston on March 21, 1971, has the club won a game when outshot by more than it was Tuesday. That first-year expansion version of the Sabres survived despite getting outshot, 56-25, thanks to a hat trick from Eddie Shack.
Miller made 43 saves, the fifth time this year he's stopped at least 40 shots. I don't care that he's 3-11 or has a 3.28 GAA. He's been Buffalo's MVP by nine miles thus far and this is his best year since his Vezina campaign.
And, believe it or not, I think the Sabres should trade him today. His value is high. Get something while the getting is good, Darcy. And before he gets hurt.
Click below to hear postgame audio from Miller, captain Steve Ott and coach Ron Rolston.
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