BOSTON — You can rob Miro Satan once, but not twice. That’s the lesson Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller learned tonight in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Sabres and Bruins.
Satan, who failed to lift a would-be game-winner late in the first overtime, dragged the puck to his backhand again and flipped the game-winner into the net with Miller way out at 7:41 of the second session to earn the Bruins a 3-2 win in the game and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Here’s a look at the winning goal:
“It was great,” said a triumphant Satan after the game. “It was a tough game and a long game and, you know, it was — finally it’s over and we have a 3-1 lead so a little bit more breathing space. But we know it’s been a tough game it’s going to continue like this. The whole series has been good hockey from both sides and great goaltending and we know that’s not going to change.”
“I figured since he got a pass from the corner and everybody in the rink was on that side of the ice, nobody was going back that way,” Miller said. “I tried to steer him the other way and he took a chance and went back to the middle. I don’t know, that is usually how I play those. Guy gets it dead in the slot, you try to take away the shooting option. If he makes a move, he moves back into where we should have more people.”
The Bruins rallied from 2-0 down to tie the score in the third. They might’ve won in regulation were it not for Miller’s heroic save on Satan, which kept the game going with less than four minutes to go. Miller was down, Satan had the puck on his backhand and Miller dove across to make the glove save. Here’s a look at it:
“Well, I beat myself up. I kept thinking about it, but he just made a great save on it,” Satan said. “You know, it’s — I don’t think there’s too many goalies who could have stopped it, but he recovered quickly and, you know, I couldn’t do it any faster.”
Now the Bruins can eliminate the Sabres faster than expected, as they can clinch a series victory in Game 5 Friday night in Buffalo.