There were six games on the NHL slate last night, a rather heavy amount for a Monday, and we saw at least one display of fine goaltending in every matchup.
We saw three shutouts (almost four) in what quickly turned into a league-wide netminder clinic on Monday night. Amidst all the strong play between the pipes, we also saw two goaltenders that were not nearly up to the challenge facing them at the other end of the ice.
Ryan Miller’s tough year continued as his homecoming to Joe Louis Arena was spoiled in a 5-0 thumping at the hands of the Red Wings. Miller was pulled after his younger brother Drew set up Darren Helm 4:32 into the second period, just 13 seconds after Todd Bertuzzi stretched Detroit’s lead to 4-0.
Miller, who allowed five goals on 14 shots, has seen his save percentage drop to under .900 for the season, the lowest it’s been since 2003-04, when he only played in three games. Though he was again the victim of horrid defensive zone play by the Sabres, he …