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Ryan Miller admits late season injury was a concussion

Ryan Miller

Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller talks with reporters as the NHL hockey team clean’s out their lockers in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, April 28, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


During the playoffs, NHL teams are almost comically cryptic when describing injuries. In most cases, you’re lucky to get a read on which half of a players body has been harmed.

That’s one of the strange things about the days after a round is completed: teams and players start to admit what was actually wrong. Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller told media members that concussion issues forced him to miss most of the 2010-11 season’s final four games.

It only makes sense that Miller was dealing with a serious injury considering the fact that he missed some absolutely huge games for the Sabres. Buffalo was fighting for playoff survival toward the end of the season, but backup Jhonas Enroth was good enough to help them lock up the seventh seed.

Miller told reporters that he suffered from those issues because of four shots that hit him in the head during a one-week span, with slap shots from Brian Rolston and Dion Phaneuf doing the greatest amount of damage.

He had an up-and-down series against the Flyers, earning two shutouts but also allowing nine goals in the last two games.