During his month and a half in the NHL, JT Miller has proven that no moment is too big for him, including last night when he was put in position to get the Rangers two crucial points in the shootout...
Here's John Tortorella on Millers' shootout winner...
"I wanted to go with him and he almost fanned. He went so slow I think he missed it three or four times before he scored. He has some jam that way. Some of our other guys have been struggling in (the shootout). I was just confident he could make a play. It certainly wasn't a great move, but you have to give him credit for having the b@lls to hold on to it, keep it and put it in the net."
Miller describes the move (via Blueshirts United)...
"I tried to wait him out and was lucky when (Dan Ellis) went down. The fact that (Torts) has faith in me means a lot."
...got to give Miller a ton of credit for staying with the puck, showing poise to gather himself and getting the Rangers two big points.
...there's been a lot of talk (including from myself) about why Torts had such a shorter leash with Kreider than with Miller. I think last night proved why. Even during Kreider's great run last spring he never displayed the complete game Miller does on an almost gamely basis. Torts likes confident players who aren't afraid to make mistakes, which is why his is much more tolerant of Miller and his miscues as they never seem to rattle the rookie.
Here's the rest of Torts' thoughts on the game and Miller...
@TheNYRBlog did he fan on purpose? If it was intentional then it's a sick move. Definitely ballsy to hang on to it like that either way.
Can we now stop talking about Torts "ruining" Kreider and others. You can tell that this guy wants nothing more than for the kids to just try to be difference makers. Miller, MDZ, Hagelin, Stepan have all done it, Kreider and Mashinter did not. There's no hidden agenda here. If the kids have some swagger and confidence, Torts will put up with their mistakes, if not, he doesn't want them getting ruined by pressing too hard. I personally think he's handling them great and I'd be shocked it Kreider comes up again and struggles the same way he did at the beginning of the season.
@TheNYRBlog not trying to take anything away but am I the only one who realized he lost the puck & did all he could do after. wait to shoot
From Carp's blog: "Here’s what somebody inside the team told me about Miller taking that penalty shot: 'I guarantee you his heart rate didn’t even change.'" I think that says all you need to know about this kid.
@TheNYRBlog Kid can play .Torts showed alot of confidence in him .Gabby wants no part of shootouts so he was torts choice !!
@gravey94 -- I'm with you. Obviously Torts is all for giving the kids the chance and wants them to succeed. He wants them to come and compete with guys for jobs so the overall compete level is raised.
@MattyMays His poise is what impressed me most.
@Iron Mike I'm still not sure what that word means when he uses it in that context.
@TheNYRBlog yes definitely. I agree. how'd you like gabbys shot trying to go five hole from 25 feet out at the end of the third
@coontzbloontz Likewise. Def his favorite word
@AG_Blue I doubt the flyers blog has anyone dropping jazz knowledge. MMA knowledge but not jazz. Great job!
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG -- Ha! Yeah, you just reminded me of the title of that tune with your comment. Otherwise, that video doesn't relate too much ... but that footage is almost certainly from New York!