There are few bright spots in Vancouver right now. Despite Tuesday’s victory, which snapped a nine-game losing streak, the Canucks have lost 10 of their past 11 games, their offense has dried up and their goaltenders can’t catch a break.
But Ryan Miller’s save on Henrik Zetterberg, an effort to try and give the Canucks one last shot at evening the score on Thursday night, was a sure sign that their No. 1 goaltender isn’t giving up any time soon.
With the Red Wings up 3-1 late in the third frame, Miller started towards the bench to get the Canucks an extra attacker, but as Vancouver crossed into the Detroit zone, the puck was turned over, because of course it was with how things are going for the Canucks. As the Red Wings headed back up ice, Miller saw the turnover and as Henrik Zetterberg made a long-distance attempt at the yawning cage, Miller dove back towards his net, stuck out his glove and snared the shot:
Sure looks like Zetterberg gives Miller a few congratulatory words on the stop after it happens, but the Red Wings captain was probably just as shocked as anyone that he didn’t pad the lead and puff up his goal total. Nice of the crowd at the Joe Louis Arena to give Miller a big cheer for making the stop, too, because it was worthy of the appreciation from fans wearing both jerseys.
The stop was Miller’s 24th of the night, but it didn’t help much in ways of securing any points for Vancouver. He’s now an unfortunate 1-7-0 on the season with a 2.80 goals-against average and .907 save percentage, and it sure feels as though this is about to be a long year in Vancouver for the 36-year-old.
Want more in-depth features and expert analysis on the game you love? Get 10 issues of The Hockey News magazine for just $15.99!