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Ryan Miller: Buffalo's saving grace

Updated: March 22, 2006, 2:50 PM ET
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine
To see Ryan Miller, Marty Biron and Mika Noronen grinning in the Sabres' locker room, staring at a flat-screen and jawing over who's got whom in the team's weekly NASCAR pool, you'd never suspect a thing.

You'd never know it was another bone-chilling and boring late-February afternoon on the shores of Lake Erie. Or that the three goalies have just been subjected to yet another killer practice, the team's fourth in five days, to erase the effects of a 10-day Olympics layoff. And you'd definitely never know that Biron and Noronen -- both healthy, by the way -- haven't logged a single minute of NHL game time in more than a month. A three-for-all between the pipes has got to be a recipe for disaster, right?

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