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Off the ice: Ryan Miller

by Shawn P. Roarke
VANCOUVER -- Ryan Miller didn't have much work Friday in the semifinal win against Finland.

In fact, he faced just four shots in a first period that saw the Americans put up all of their goals in what would become a 6-1 victory that delivered Team USA to Sunday's gold-medal game against either Canada or Slovakia.

He faced just seven shots in the second and seven more in the third before coach Ron Wilson pulled him halfway through the period to get backup Tim Thomas an Olympic appearance. Miller stopped all 18 shots he faced and is now nursing a shutout string of 111 minutes and 38 seconds entering the gold-medal game.

Afterward, the Buffalo Sabres goalie stopped by to chat exclusively with -- What are you think as you watch your team put up six goals?

Miller -- I have 50 minutes of focus, so don't let it get away from me. No matter what the score is, you've got to assume that the other team is just as capable of scoring as your team and keep it together. My job can't change whether it is 6-0, 1-0, 0-0 or we are down a goal. I have to stop the puck every opportunity I get and if one gets by me, I have to reset and get ready to do it again. -- But that had to be a stunning display to watch?

Miller -- I was just trying to downplay it in my mind because it affects the way I feel. If I start to feel we have a game wrapped up, I'm not doing my job. From my perspective, that is what it is. From the other perspective, as a person who appreciates hockey, I was very pleased with our effort over the whole night. I thought we did a great job of coming from above and attacking and using each other. Our young guys got open and they made it count. -- Did the last 48 minutes of this game say more about your team than the first 12?

Miller -- Yeah. We were willing to play a game where Finland had to settle down and we were willing to settle down a little bit. We kept them off the board, and that is a great accomplishment. I think they have some great skill players that want to get open and we did not let them and their one goal goes off (Jack Johnson)'s heel and goes (top) shelf. A little more heel and it goes wide, a little lower and it is a block. I thought we did a great job.

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