PHILADELPHIA -- As frustrated as he was, Ryan Miller's pain was nowhere near the suffering being endured by Jason Pominville.
While Miller was commiserating about his team's season-ending 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed horrifying details of the injury to Pominville in Game 5 that will leave the young forward sidelined for 4-6 months.
"It was the worst cut I have ever seen," Ruff told the QMI Agency, moments after finishing his post-game press conference. "I didn't even want to look at it."
Ruff held his fingers apart as if he was clutching a quarter.
"That's how wide it was," he said. "The skate sliced a tendon in the back in his leg. He just had surgery."
The loss of Pominville and Tim Connolly to injury in this series was too much to overcome. Yet, in the mind of Miller, the Sabres lost this matchup when, up 3-2 in the series, they could not put the Flyers away in Game 6.
"We got off to a slow start and it cost us," said Miller, who was pulled after the Flyers went up 4-0 in the third. "That's what happens when you don't step on a team's throat.
"We had an opportunity to finish this series and we didn't do it."