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Skate Bites: The Flyers Murdered Ryan Miller Again Last Night

Kyle Scott - April 6, 2012

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Ryan Miller sad. 

For the second year in a row, the Flyers sent Miller (and his nasally drone) to the golf course. The Sabres' loss, combined with the Captials' win, officially eliminated the hockey team from Buffalo.

Ryan Miller, post-game:

Q: Do you think anything from when you guys made the (inaudible)

“I can't really digest right now. It's just disappointing. It's embarrassing to miss the playoffs. We've got a lot of talented players, but we just couldn't get it going early enough. And then you run out of time and you run out of games, and it comes down to basically going to the bigger tear than any team in the league during the entire year just to make playoffs and that's not how you do it in this league. We got bit this year, and last year we got away with it.” 

 

Poor guy– what to do with all that spare time?

Meanwhile, the Flyers clinched the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, making it official that they will play the Shittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. It also means that Saturday’s much-ballyhooed game will most likely be a watered down affair, perhaps with very few stars in the lineup. 

Bites: 

– Claude Giroux is totally going to win the NHL 13 cover vote. He leads all vote getters right now, and his matchup with Scott Hartnell is the most voted on in the entire league. Flyers fans are just… different. Not only is Philadelphia a great sports town (this you know), but take it from me when I say that our online community is unlike anything, anywhere. Giroux is going to win in a landslide. 

– Here is Sergei Bobrovsky’s new mask, which presumably we’ll never see this season (…): [via here]

 

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– Reader Chris sends us this jersey from Tuesday night’s game. I hate to steal a line from the fine folks at Barstool Philly but does this jersey get this guy laid? 

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I says it might, but any chance he has quickly gets nullified by whatever is going on up top with that mullet fusion thing. 

Finally, the Flyers handed out their end-of-season awards last night. View the full list of winners and highlights from the game after the jump.

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Skate Bites: The Flyers Murdered The Buffalo Sabres Last Night

Kyle Scott - February 17, 2012

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Lindy Ruff facepalm via (@g81ross)

Ryan Miller is dead. He was 31. 

Miller is, by far, my favorite opponent for Philly teams to play against. He has it all: talented player at a position notorious for getting the best of local teams, whiny demeanor, vagina, and the propensity to completely and utterly lose his shit when he comes within 20 miles of our city’s center.

The Flyers beat the Sabres last night, 7-2. It would figure that, on the day I wrote 2,200 words about the issues plaguing the Flyers (and there are some), they would unload a steaming pile of goals all over the belly of my words. But that’s OK– I’m not complaining. I like it.

Things didn’t start off well for the Flyers, however. Early in the first period, it was Philly typical as Jason Pominville was left wide open for an easy one-timer: 

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If this happened in a video game, you would go on a message board somewhere and complain about the game’s shitty AI.

Then Bryz let in a Mister Softee, which was eerily reminiscent of (though significantly less important than) Claude Lemieux’s go-ahead goal in Game 5 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals. Chris Therien remembers it well: 

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I was on the couch, crying

It was all Flyers after the Sabres' two quick goals.

Max Talbot scored. Then, enter Wayne Simmonds, Silence of the Lambs:

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Well helll-ooo, Clarice!

Simmonds, who needed 25 stitches to his upper and lower lips thanks to taking a puck to the face in pre-game warmups, netted the Flyers’ second and third goals, which, fittingly, proved to be the kill shots for Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth. He would be replaced by our favorite son, Ryan Miller. Here’s a fun stat: It was the third time in the last four games against the Sabres, dating back to Game 7 last year, that the Flyers forced them to pull their goalie. Heh.

Remember the last time?

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T-Shirt: Knock Knock

Kyle Scott - January 5, 2012

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Despite the best efforts of Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers will be blasting Mac Miller again tonight. Our friends over at Philly Phaithful thought it would make for a good t-shirt. Get one (click link and select "hockey") and save 10% with code cb10.

Morning Puck: Holler If You’ve Seen Ryan Miller’s Undergarments

Kyle Scott - December 8, 2011

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Hey, what's that caterpillar on your head?

It’s like the Flyers enjoy a 3-0 deficit. On Friday, when they came back from the same score against the Ducks, it was the first time they had done so (in the regular season) in three years. They’ve now done it twice in one week. 

The Flyers beat the Sabres, in overtime, 5-4.

From the Flyers:

Tonight’s game marks the second time in the last week that the Flyers have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a game. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the third time in team history that the Flyers have accomplished that twice in a single season, it is the quickest they have done so, and it is the first time they have done it with both games coming on the road.  

 

Both times, Claude Giroux poured a pile of filth on the extra stanza. For realsies, I think last night’s five-hole game-winner took a piece of Ryan Miller’s labia with it into the back of the net.* That goal was Giroux’s fourth point of the night– he now leads the NHL in scoring.

You guys really like him, too:

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*I’m going on little sleep, it might get raunchy today.

On to Miller, who came into the game nursing his hormones thanks to taking runs in two consecutive games: The Sabres’ goaltender earned himself the above shiner when Scott Hartnell lifted the puck into his eye (seen here).

That wasn’t the only time his helmet fell off, though. James van Riemsdyk also ripped a slap shot off the forlorn goalie’s head, causing his mask to fly off in hilarious fashion. After the game, Miller opined on some problematic padding:

"Go figure, I got hit with the puck in the eye. I tried putting extra padding in my mask this year, and apparently it’s not keeping it on my head, but it’s been pretty good for puck impacts. But I gotta get a way to make that thing stay on a little bit tighter. But we’ll have to go back to the drawing board on that, because this is too much, and that was dangerous. 

I’m usually down, and guys are pushing, and your helmet can’t pop off or it’s going to get torqued on. So I’ve got to do something about that. But again, I was trying to figure out something to for the impact, like we saw at the end of last year, thicken up the padding, change some things around, and now we have a helmet that’s popped off probably four or five times."

 

But… but… but…

Poor guy.

Hey, did you know Comcast, Versus and NBC are now one big happy family and Versus is soon going to be NBC Sports and NBC likes promoting Grimm like there’s no tomorrow?

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Finally, Hartnell continues to play well… he scored the Flyers’ tying goal, but was more interested in his #hartnelldown count, which tracks the number of times Harts finds himself on the ice throughout the course of a game:

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After the game, Harts talked about the count when he spoke with Tim Saunders and Chris Therien. That audio, along with the full game highlights and an ironic lost in the woods commercial from last night’s game, after the jump.

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Video: Claude Giroux Does Ryan Miller Oh-So-Dirty

Kyle Scott - December 7, 2011

And our Tweet of the night:

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Run Ryan Miller!

Kyle Scott - December 7, 2011

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Or at least get under his skin. Again.

Yes! It’s my favorite opposing player: Ryan Miller. And by favorite, I mean the guy I most enjoy watching the Flyers bukkake on. The one who will inevitably turn the post-game media scrum into a bitch-fest of epic proportions (see also: murders, mass comments from spring). 

It’s a bad time of the month for Miller, who, two weeks ago, was knocked out of a game by Milan Lucic (video here— as called by the insane Jack Edwards). Miller sustained a concussion on that play, and after the game, whined:

"Not gonna really get into that, I just stuck around because I wanted to say what a piece of shit I think Lucic is. 50 pounds on me and he runs me like that? It’s unbelieveable. Everyone in this city sees him for a big, tough, solid player… I respected him for how hard he played, that was gutless. Gutless."

 

Heh– to his comments, not the concussion. Concussions are bad.

On Saturday, in his first game back since being hit by Lucic, Miller was again run– this time by the Predators’ Jordin Tootoo, who went all choochoo (sorry, it’s early) on Miller. Here’s video, which includes NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan reading complete sentences off cue cards as he describes Tootoo’s suspension:

Heh.

As you might imagine, Miller was none to happy about that play: [Boston Herald]

"There’s a difference between getting bumped when a guy’s going for the puck and guys just taking a run through the crease," Miller told The News on Monday. "You’ve got to show an effort in stopping. If you’re going to come to the net, it can’t be through the goalie.

"You can be on top of the goalie. I have a lot of guys come up, and they stop on top. There’s contact all the time. That’s not what I’m complaining about or what this team is complaining about. I just don’t like to see the full-speed contact."

 

He’s vulernable right now, folks. And as (@GagneDouze) and (@JostJanet) speculate on Twitter, who do we think may be the first to test Miller? I’m with Janet, and my money is on wedding crasher Scott Hartnell.

Video of Miller’s whiny press conference and his nasally drone, after the jump. 

Flyers-Sabres tonight at 7:30 PM on Versus-NBC Sports-Comcast's whatever the fuck.

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Morning Puck: Murdering Miller

Kyle Scott - November 3, 2011

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Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (pic via this chick's Flickr stream)

Back in April – in a time when names like Richards, Carter, Leino and Carcillo appeared on the backs of Flyers sweaters, and Jaromir Jagr was still a woman in Russia – the Flyers murdered Ryan Milller and the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the playoffs.

Perhaps you remember Miller whining in his nasally drone, which sounds like the unfortunate offspring of Cole Hamels and a dying rhino:

Oh man, that’s like audio porn. Here’s the full quote from after Game 6 earlier this year:

"Before we get any further, I’d just like to add one thing: If Mike Richards thinks we’re getting away with murder, I don’t know what he just got away with. Mass murder? [nice joke, asshole] Are we stepping it up a notch? Unbelievable. We lose a player for the rest of the game… that’s the kind of hit the league has been talking about, and it’s dangerous. They better seriously consider looking at that one. It’s unbelievable."

 

No, Ryan, giving up three goals in 6:23 is unbelievable. The Flyers beat the Sabres last night, 3-2 (boom– buried lede). Their three goals to start the game were the team’s fastest since November 15, 2001. Sean Couturier – Cooter – who scored the first goal of the game, was eight-years-old at the time. 

It was Miller’s 402nd career start, but the first time he’s ever allowed two goals in the first two minutes of the game. He was pulled just shortly after the first TV timeout. That’s impressive. Or sad. 

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Yeah, mostly sad. Even Scott Hartnell sniped him (standing up!).

Miller on getting booed: [BuffaloNews.com]

"They bought their tickets and they can do whatever they want. They were cheering when I made a save, booing when I don't. Whatever."

 

Poor guy. And to think, Miller’s old buddy, Danny Briere, wasn’t even there to give him a smack in the back of the head… like he did in the first period of Game 7 this spring (visual proof). Where was Danny, you ask? Healing that upper body injury with some Saladworks at the Voorhees Town Center:

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Pic via (@Pete_Amato)

Sunglasses!

One other item of note: NBC Promo Tour 2011 continued in Buffalo. Versus, which will become NBC Sports something or other on January 2nd, has already implemented many peacock screen graphics and, now, dasher board ads for Grimm, the show that used Twitter reviews on their prime time commercial:

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We’re just one synergistic step away from Brian Williams doing an inside the glass promo for Rock Center (Monday nights at 10!!!).

Your photo gallery is here. Your highlights are after the jump. And here's an unfortunate picture of Lindy Ruff's daugther.

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UPDATE: So Our Missing Puck Story Continues to Get (Inter)National Attention

Kyle Scott - April 30, 2011

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Source: AP, Mel Evans

It seems we may have helped contribute to NHL linesman Steve Miller's removal from playoff duty. Our video, which was posted at the end of January, featured clips taken from YouTube showing Miller as the person who picked up Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup winning puck.

Our motive was simple: When a Chicago bar, Harry Caray's Restaurant, offered a $50,000 reward for the missing puck, we thought we would clear Chris Pronger as the "suspect" (again, it's a puck). In doing so, we found videos which seemed to show Miller as the one who picked it up. Last week, Wayne Drehs of ESPN.com cited our video in a lengthy Outside the Lines piece about the puck. Last night, Bob McKenzie of TSN, who also cited our video along with the ESPN article, wrote about how Miller has been taken off active duty for the playoffs:

"We do not know where the (missing) puck is and Steve says he does not know where the puck is," NHL spokesman Gary Meagher told TSN. "We 100 per cent believe Steve and we fully stand behind him. But in the best interests of the league, and Steve, we felt the best course of action for everyone was to take him off his assignments at this time."

 

Oops.

In making the video, my intent was never to get anyone in trouble. It was simply to find out if Pronger had the puck. It kind of took on a life of its own after that. It was fairly obvious – and has been confirmed by the FBI with "100% certainty" – that Miller picked up the puck. Miller, however, denies ever seeing it. You can read all about it here, if you haven't already.

Carry on.

UPDATE 1: Steve Miller has been re-assigned to the playoffs.

UPDATE 2: Last night CBC released video which CLEARLY shows Miller picking up the puck, yet Miller denies ever seeing it. Odd. Here's the video– around the three minute mark.