ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues acquired Ryan Miller for moments such as these.
Miller stopped 31 shots and kept the net empty in a shootout, too.
He was precisely as advertised, a goalie that be a difference-maker when there’s no room for mistakes.
“Millsy standing on his head - that’s what we brought him here to do,” forward T.J. Oshie said after the Blues outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Tuesday night and matched the franchise record with their 51st win.
“There were some saves where you feel like you’re about to put your head down because it’s going to go in the net, and he seems so calm and just sticks his pad out and saves it.”
Miller is 10-3-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .920 save percentage since coming in a trade with Buffalo.
They’re 9-3 in the shootout largely because of Oshie, who’s an uncanny 9 for 12 after converting a backhand, and also put on quite a show at the Sochi Olympics.
“Yeah, I knew he was good and I knew what to expect,” Ray Emery said. “But he was real quick on that one.”
Miller earned his 29th career shutout and first in 101 games since March 21, 2012, against Montreal when he was with Buffalo. He made a skate save against Vincent Lecavalier and a glove save on Claude Giroux - who’s 5 for 10 - in the shootout.
“He definitely won us a point tonight,” Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said. “In two weeks when the season’s over we’ll see how big that point is.”
Miller was motivated after giving up four goals in a loss to Dallas on Saturday night, plus the Flyers are a familiar foe from his seasons in Buffalo. He’s 14-13-2 against the Flyers and this was his first shutout against them.
“It was a fun night,” Miller said. “When the pucks are hitting you, it’s a lot of fun.”
It was the third 1-0 shootout victory in Blues history and first since Feb. 1, 2008, against Anaheim.