Of the four shutouts through the first eight opening games of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller had to work the hardest in terms of volume of shots.

For stopping all 35 offerings Philadelphia sent his way last night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Sabres, Miller is TheBruinsBlog.net’s Star of the Night.

Columnist Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News appreciated Miller’s efforts. After the 1-0 Sabres win he wrote:

He had talked about wrapping himself in his own little world without any distractions that come with the playoffs, and he certainly looked like he was in a comfy cocoon Thursday against the Flyers. He was calm. He was confident. He was Miller at his best from beginning to end.

The only edge the Sabres probably have in this series is in the goal. If Miller continues with his super-human play, Buffalo might make short work of the Flyers.

Honorable mention: Brian Gionta (two goals) and Scott Gomez (two assists) of Montreal; Ryan Clowe (three assists) and Joe Pavelski (game-winning overtime goal) of San Jose.

Last night’s scores
Montreal 2, Boston 0
Buffalo 1, Philadelphia 0
San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)

Tonight’s games
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7
NY Rangers at Washington, 7:30
Chicago at Vancouver, 10
Nashville at Anaheim, 10:30