Miller takes blame for loss

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Ryan Miller had little trouble with the line drives.

It was the routine grounders he couldn't handle.

The Buffalo Sabres goalie let a Dion Phaneuf shot from the corner trickle through his pads last night in a unusually rough outing during a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

"I did my best impression of Roger Dorn from Major League, ground balls constantly going through me," Miller said, referencing the Corbin Bernsen character who couldn't stop anything at third base.

"It wasn't a lack of focus because I felt pretty good. I assumed the play was going my way and I was looking for the next option."

Michael Cammalleri also scored on a harmless-looking shot he threw out front from the sideboards and another one he hammered home from the crease as Miller flopped around.

The Sabres goalie took all the blame for the defeat, which came less than 24 hours after his team put a 10-2 drubbing on the host Edmonton Oilers in the provincial capital.

The Flames did pour 43 shots at Miller, but he wouldn't use that as a crutch.

"We did a great job getting back into it in the second period as the guys bailed me out after a bad goal," said Miller of Tim Connolly's tying marker.

"No matter the shots, it's my job to keep us in the game. I didn't do a good job of that tonight."

At the other end, Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff was his usual standout self, stopping 25 shots to post the victory.

The best one was a pad stop on Daniel Paille as the Sabres forward came out of the corner and made a move to get an open net.

That sparked the Flames to retake the lead in the third period and pour it on.

"He was basically the reason why we hung in there that long," said Flames winger Todd Bertuzzi.

"He came up big and kept the game within reach for us and was waiting for us to take over."


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