Apparently, Ryan Miller is becoming a target for forwards in the NHL.
In his first game back since recovering from a concussion he suffered after getting run over by Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic, a fragile Miller was taken out by Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo during the second period of Saturday night’s game between the Preds and the Buffalo Sabres.
However, unlike Lucic, who merely received a little shove, Tootoo was immediately pounced upon by all five Sabres on the ice, including Miller.
One Tuesday, the NHL suspended Tootoo for two games without pay for charging the Buffalo netminder. While the suspension was made in order to save face—the NHL took some heat for not suspending Lucic and failing to protect Miller—it’s hard to argue that Tootoo wasn’t making a hockey play. Although the puck was knocked off his stick prior to the hit, Tootoo had a good amount of speed behind him as he was driving the net.
Then again, Tootoo has built a reputation for a being a cheap-shot artist, and that could of had something to do with the NHL’s decision to suspend him.