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One-on-One with Ryan Miller

by Dan Rosen
VANCOUVER -- For Team USA to do some significant damage in this tournament, goalie Ryan Miller has to be its best player. You could argue that he was Thursday in the American's 6-1 win over Norway.

Miller faced only 11 shots and stopped 10 of them, but he was a heck of a lot busier than Roberto Luongo was two nights ago against the same Norwegian team. Miller stopped to chat with moments after leaving the ice at Canada Hockey Place. It seemed as though in the third period the odd-man rushes got cut down a bit and the offense rolled. Was that the way you guys need to play?

Miller: Yeah, we can't give up some of the plays we have given up in the first few games here against the tougher teams. I think we saw opportunities to create offense that led to some of those odd-man rushes, but we're going to have to be willing to play a chess game against some of these teams like Canada and Russia, teams that are going to be coming up ice hard and can really create. Did you think you'd see as much action as you saw today?

Team USA GearMiller: I watched their game (against Canada) and I knew they had a couple of really strong shooters and they can skate and move the puck. With that style in the neutral zone they are going to turn over some pucks once in a while, and when they did there was going to be some zone time and some rushes. I had to be aware of it. How do you think the guys in front of you are playing, your defensemen?

Miller: Oh, good. Yeah, I think they're good. We just have to sort out a few things. I think the neutral zone is something we can always clean up, but we're going to see a different style on Sunday. We'll work on it. We have two days.

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