Ryan Miller certainly not Captain Clutch

Ryan Miller of the St. Louis Blues looks up at the replay board after giving up a third period goal...

Ryan Miller of the St. Louis Blues looks up at the replay board after giving up a third period goal to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 at the United Center on April 27, 2014. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:00 AM ET

When it comes to performing at crunch time, “elite” is not a word you can use to describe Ryan Miller.

It’s a conclusion that comes by examining his career body of work, not just his efforts for the St. Louis Blues in their six-game elimination at the hands of the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.

To be fair, Miller might not have been the primary reason the Blues have underachieved in the Stanley Cup dance for another year.

But that doesn’t let him off the hook.

After all the fanfare that surrounded his acquisition from the Buffalo Sabres last month, the Blues once again have been eliminated in the first round, this time by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

This was a series in which Miller was outplayed by Chicago’s Corey Crawford, who received far less fanfare than the ex-Sabre despite having led the Hawks to a Cup a year ago.

This was a series in which Miller did not steal a game.


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