BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Ryan Miller will have to settle for an Olympic silver medal, a Vezina Trophy nomination and a whole bunch of what-ifs in a season that ended far too soon.
The Sabres goaltender called it "really painful" to be wrapping up the year Wednesday, two days after being eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs following a loss in Game 6 at Boston.
That's not what Miller expected from himself or a team that won the Northeast Division and returned to the playoffs for the first time in three years.
Miller was troubled by how Buffalo failed to build on the momentum of its regular season and fell flat against the Bruins in what amounts to another learning lesson.
Miller spoke as Sabres players gathered to clean out their lockers.