Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's a Shame One of Them Had to Lose

During Roy Halladay's first shutout as a Philadelphia Phillie, we had the Boston-Buffalo game on the top television, taking peeks between innings and even pitches. Then when the game went final, we shifted our focus to this epic hockey game that showcased perhaps the best goaltending duel I've ever seen in my entire life.

Tuukka Rask and Ryan Miller played completely out of their minds, displaying some of the most spectacular goaltending the sport has ever seen in this double-overtime thriller. Puck Daddy broke it down better than I ever could, but even with Wysh's great analysis, it's something you have to see for yourself.

These two were making incredible save after incredible save, and it looked as though this one might go on forever. Then, former longtime Buffalo Sabre Miroslav Satan received a beautiful pass from Michael Ryder, showcased incredible patience and ended a game that looked like the goaltenders were never going to let end.

You really had to feel for Ryan Miller, a guy who played his heart out and made some truly spectacular saves to keep the game going, especially in overtime. But there had to be a loser. Sadly for Miller, it was him, and it brought back memories of his difficult-to-take loss to team Canada in the gold-medal game of the Olympics. In that outcome, you felt like he deserved better, and you had to feel that way last night too. Though at the other end, Rask earned every bit of that victory. As Satan said after the game, describing the remarkable save Miller had on him in the first overtime, "Only two goalies can make that save, and the other was playing in this game too."

It truly was a virtuoso performance by Miller and Rask. It's just too bad one of them had to lose.

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