Ryan Miller is one of the best goalies in the NHL, and has been for quite some time. But his job is done between the pipes. When he -- or any goalie -- leaves the crease, he's no longer in his safety zone.
He found that out the hard way on Saturday night when Milan Lucic slammed into him after he skated out to poke away a puck.
On Monday, after it was determined that Lucic would not be suspended for the hit, Bruins president Cam Neely was asked about it and what he thought of the rule that goalies shouldn't be hit.
"I have no problem -- listen, inside the crease, inside the paint, it makes it hard for someone to drive to the net," Neely told Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti Monday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' Show, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet. "As you know, if you drive it hard to the net you clip the goalie you're going to get a penalty. I understand that.
"From a certain point, how much can the goalie come out and how much can they play the puck?" Neely said. "Eventually the goalie could I guess come out to the blue line and make plays because nobody's going to touch them."
Neely's history as a player is well-documented, and he was definitely a physical player. It makes sense that his point of view favors the aggressor. And he may have a good point. If the goalie is going to act like a skater, he should be treated like one.
Regardless, Miller was livid at Lucic, and hung around after the game to call Lucic a "piece of expletive" and said he was gutless.
"I feel it's a man that's very frustrated with what happened," Neely said about the comments. "You speak after the game like that you have your emotions running high. So obviously he was pretty emotional after that game."
But isn't that emotion something that usually stays on the ice? You'd think that his teammates would have settled the matter later in the game, but when it came to standing up for their goalie, the Buffalo Sabres were nowhere to be found.
"Maybe he was frustrated with everything that happened from the hit and after that," Neely said, referencing the lack of toughness on the part of the Sabres.