A hot Miller spells trouble

By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency



BUFFALO -- Martin Brodeur has a warning for Canadian hockey fans who might think the coming Vancouver Games will be a cakewalk for the hosts.

Beware Ryan Miller.

When Team Canada meets Team USA on Feb. 21, it likely will be a goaltending rematch of Wednesday's 2-1 shootout victory by Miller's Buffalo Sabres over Brodeur's New Jersey Devils.

And, in Brodeur's opinion, Miller is playing as well as any goalie in the world right now, making his American squad a dangerous foe to be sure.

"You can tell he's playing with a lot of confidence," Brodeur said. "He's right on top of his game.

"That's the danger of an Olympics. It's not a seven-game series, it's a one-game deal a lot of times. And a hot goalie can make all the difference.

"Look at 2006. Who ever thought Switzerland could beat Canada 2-0? And yet (Swiss goalie) Martin Gerber was the difference."

Miller and Brodeur put on an outstanding goaltending display, combining to allow just two goals on 71 shots in 65 minutes of play.

Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht scored the shootout goals.

Asked about Vancouver, Miller replied: "It's an Olympic year and I want to make an impact for my country."

He certainly will if he keeps this up.

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