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Penalty earns Miller call from older brother

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Drew Miller registered his third multi-penalty game of his NHL career with two minor infractions last Tuesday against Minnesota (Photo by Dave Reginek)
If Drew Miller were asked to serve his total career penalty-minutes in one continuous sitting, the Red Wings’ forward could do so in less time then it would take to watch an episode of “NCIS”.

That’s why Miller’s uncharacteristic charging penalty Tuesday drew a phone call from his older brother – Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller – who said he thought Drew had more respect for goaltenders.

Drew Miller’s penalty on Minnesota goalie Josh Harding gave the Wild a 5-on-3 power-play in the third period of Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime loss, the Wings’ fifth straight. The Wings managed to kill off the penalties.

“The pucks there, he plays it and I'm just trying to take the boards away,” Miller said. “It's just one of those things. I've got to be smarter. I went hard, seeing an opportunity to get the puck off the goalie. It's not a very good penalty to take. I won't be doing that again. It was one of those situations where it looked way worse than it was.”

Miller had two of the Wings' nine minor infractions called against them Tuesday, which prevented them from gaining any kind of continuity in the offensive end. Miller went to the penalty box early in the first period for inteference. Tuesday's minor penalties were the first of the season for Miller, who has served just 52-minutes in his career. It was also just his third career multiple penalty game.

“The common sense thing is the less time you're in the box the more you get to play your big guys,” Miller said. “We need to be responsible for our own actions. When things aren't going your way and you're trying to play really hard sometimes penalties happen. We need to control that, but continue to play hard. I think we just need to be smarter.”

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