Ryan Miller Photo: John Cordes/Icon Sportswire
Ryan Miller retired this summer but after a remarkable 18-season career that included the most NHL wins by an American goalie (387), the 2010 Vezina Trophy and a silver medal as MVP of the 2010 Olympics, we weren’t going to pass on a chance to pick his considerable puck-stopping brain and break down video from his last couple of seasons with the Anaheim Ducks.
As thoughtful off the ice as he was brilliant on it, Miller is poised rejoin the USA Olympic team as a coach for the 2022 Beijing Games, something he discusses at length on Episode 137 of the InGoal Radio Podcast before reviewing footage of a half dozen saves for Pro Reads.
If you missed his first two Pro Reads, which featured a late-game 6-on-5 sequence against the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 4-on-4 wrap play with passing options against the San Jose Sharks, make sure you go back and check them out. You’ll understand right away why were so eager to bump Miller up the rotation and get to this second entry sooner.
This chance is also against the Sharks and starts with a 2-on-2 in the neutral zone that quickly evolves into more of a 2-on-1 as Patrick Marleau beats his check to the net:
We’ve pretty much given away what’s about to happen with the title of this post, but as the puck carrier pulls up to make that area pass, what factors are you looking for?
Now let’s take at the entire sequence to see how Miller handle it:
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