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Miller brothers do it at both ends of the ice

Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 1:12 AM / News

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Miller brothers made an impact at both ends of the ice on Wednesday.

In Detroit, forwards Drew Miller scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as the Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 for their 18th consecutive victory at Joe Louis Arena. That game ended a few minutes before big brother Ryan completed his second shutout in three games by stopping 36 shots in the Buffalo Sabres' 6-0 victory against the Boston Bruins.

It's the first time since Oct. 10, 1973, that brothers accounted for a winning goal and a shutout on the same night.

Phil Esposito completed a hat trick with the go-ahead goal for Boston in a 6-4 season-opening victory for the Bruins at Vancouver. Down the West Coast in Los Angeles, brother Tony Esposito stopped all 25 shots he faced as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round