Miller impressed with Blues perseverance in win over Coyotes

Miller impressed with Blues perseverance in win over Coyotes

Miller impressed with Blues perseverance in win over Coyotes

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by Elizabeth Eisele / HockeyStL | @ElizEisele

KMOV.com

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 6:20 AM

(HockeyStL) -- It’s been a hectic couple of days for Blues new goaltender Ryan Miller, but he dazzled in Sunday night’s 4-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes. Miller made 23 saves and stood tall as the Blues surged back from a two-goal deficit with four unanswered goals in the third period.

Coyote Paul Bissonette’s shot in the first period led to a tough first goal against Miller as it glanced off Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman’s leg.

“You’re anxious, little bit nervous,” Miller told Fox Sport’s Midwest after Sunday night’s game, “You want to make a good impression. You want to be there for the guys.”

The Coyotes would add one more goal in the second, from Jeff Halpern, but Miller would not yield another goal.

The Blues had not scored since the beginning of the third period in their February 8th game against the Winnipeg Jets, but were able to get goals from Magnus Paajarvi, Kevin Shattenkirk and two from Patrik Berglund all in the third period.

Miller, who only saw 25 shots on goal, was impressed by his new team’s ability to fight back.

“The boys make it easy. They blocked a few really hard shots through traffic,” Miller said, “They stepped up and took them. [The defense is] able to get back and clean up those plays that could have been rushes. They keep working and it’s a big difference.”

The Note finally comes home Tuesday as the Tampa Bay Lightning come to Scottrade where Miller will make his debut in front of the St. Louis crowd.

“I thought the first two games we played really well, we just couldn’t score,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong, “This is a proud group and they want to win. Hopefully that can feed into Tampa Bay and beyond.” 

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