Sabres thankful to have Olympic MVP Miller

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Ryan Miller makes a save against Canada on Sunday.

It looks like the international hockey world got a glimpse of what the Buffalo Sabres have known all along about goalie Ryan Miller: This guy is really good.

"We know him in this room, and we'll take him over any other goaltender right now in the game," Sabres backup goalie Patrick Lalime said yesterday. "He just showed the whole world what he can do."

As Miller spent the day traveling from the Vancouver Olympics directly to Pittsburgh to join the Sabres for their game against the Penguins tonight, the MVP of the Olympic tournament was the hot topic of discussion following the Sabres' brief practice in Buffalo.

Despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Canada in the gold-medal game on Sunday, Miller was credited for playing a key role in leading the U.S. to a better-than-anticipated silver-medal finish.

The Olympics became an international coming-out party for Miller. The 29-year-old from East Lansing, Mich., posted a 5-1 record, during which he allowed only eight goals on 147 shots - including Sidney Crosby's gold-medal winner in overtime.

Miller won't likely have to face Crosby and the Penguins tonight. Lalime said he'll get the start to give Miller an extra day's rest. That means Miller won't likely start until Buffalo returns home tomorrow to host Washington.

Noteworthy

* The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold in a deal with the Florida Panthers.

Florida traded Leopold to Pittsburgh for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. The move comes 2 days before the league's trade deadline.

* New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is out indefinitely because of left knee swelling, the team announced.

In last night's game:

* At Denver, Nicklas Lidstrom scored a power-play goal with 9:03 left in the third period and lifted Detroit past the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2.

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