For 11 seasons, goaltender Ryan Miller was the backbone of the Buffalo Sabres.
No goaltender in the history of the franchise has played more games between the pipes, not even the outstanding Dominik Hasek. And Miller, with 284 wins, is the winningest netminders to ever suit up in Buffalo. Few in upstate New York will forget Miller’s 2009-10 season, either, when he led the Sabres to a Northwest Division title with a Vezina Trophy-winning performance between the pipes.
But since leaving Buffalo at the trade deadline in 2014, Miller hasn’t returned to face the Sabres. That is until Saturday afternoon, when he took the net for the Canucks. As it was Miller’s first game back, the Sabres prepared a touching tribute for their longtime netminder which is filled with unforgettable calls by the unbeatable Rick Jeanneret. Take a look:
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 7, 2015
It’s a beautiful touch by the Sabres to add some of Miller’s off-ice work into the tribute, showing how much the goaltender meant not only to the team on the ice, but to the community in Buffalo.
Following the tribute, Miller thanked the Buffalo faithful while getting an ovation from the Sabres fans in attendance and players on both benches:
The Sabres spoiled Miller’s return to Buffalo, however. Chris Higgins drew the game even for Vancouver midway through the third frame, but Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored with 17 seconds left in the period following an unbelievable rush by Tyler Ennis.