Jacob Markstrom’s return might’ve come just at the right time.
On Thursday night in Ottawa, Canucks netminder Ryan Miller lost his fourth straight contest, allowing a suspect game-winning goal in Vancouver’s 3-2 loss to the Senators.
Afterward, Miller shouldered responsibility for the loss.
“I let the guys down on that last one, pretty critical error on my part,” he said, per the club’s Twitter. “Not a good goal.”
The goal — surrendered to Sens d-man Chris Wideman on the power play — was somewhat indicative of Miller’s play of late. While he hasn’t been letting in a bunch of softies, he’s certainly been leakier than at the beginning of the year.
Just consider the numbers from his last four games:
It’s fair to suggest Miller — who’s carried a huge workload thus far, leading all NHL goalies in games and minutes played — knows he’s not playing exceptionally well at the moment, because he really owned tonight’s loss.
That’s a bit of a cry from his previous outing, an overtime loss to New Jersey, in which he asked for tighter defense from his teammates.
On Thursday, the backbreaking goal was all on him.
“It hit the top of my pocket,” Miller said, per NHL.com. “It’s really not a good goal on my part. No matter what would have happened at the end, we had to have a chance, and that kind of ruined that.
“So, yeah, I blew it.”