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Miro Was on the Mark

Veteran forward put the B's up 3-1 in the series with Buffalo.

Thursday, 04.22.2010 / 8:15 AM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Miro Was on the Mark
Boston, MA -- From the first moment that he arrived in Boston, Miroslav Satan said he only hoped to contribute to his new team; "to help" was how he put it.

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Recently, Satan has done more than help and last night Miro was THE hero.

"It was great," said a relieved Satan postgame. "It was a tough game and a long game and, you know, it was - finally it's over and we have a 3-1 lead so a little bit more breathing space, but we know it's been a tough game and it's going to continue like this.

"The whole series has been good hockey from both sides and great goaltending and we know that's not going to change."

What has been changing is the now increased capacity for big time goals at big time moments. And for Satan, who went from unemployed to Olympian to playoff performer -- the juxtaposition is just fine.

"Six months ago, when was that? I don't even remember," said Satan. "No, I wasn't sure what's going to happen, but then I decide to join [the] Bruins and I was hoping that we were going to be in the playoffs and that we were going to compete and be a contender.

"I'm just glad that I'm able to help out."

Miro's heart rate doesn't go over 100 too often so the patience that he shows on the ice in all aspects is something that is his game. - Dennis Wideman on Satan
Again with the helping out.

"He made those great plays by giving the puck a good stick and knocking the pucks down and all that stuff," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien of Satan's veteran savvy. "But that's Miro [Satan] in a nutshell.

"I mean, he's such a highly-skilled player, very calm in situations as you saw when he scored that goal, he doesn't panic in those areas. He's got a great stick, he's got great vision. In tight on the goaltender, he's hard to stop.

"A lot of that stuff was created because of him. He kept the puck in. But I think on that winning goal, Michael [Ryder] did a great job of bringing the puck up the ice and going around the defender and finding him in the slot," said the coach.

Ryan Miller, who was often brilliant during the double overtime loss, talked about Satan's shot.

"I figured since he got a pass from the corner and everybody in the rink was on that side of the ice, nobody was going back that way," said the United States Olympic Team's starting goalie. "I tried to steer him the other way and he took a chance and went back to the middle.  I don't know, that is usually how I play those.

"Guy gets it dead in the slot, you try to take away the shooting option.  If he makes a move he moves back into where we should have more people."

Dennis Wideman said that Satan's steady thought process certainly made the difference.

"Miro's heart rate doesn't go over 100 too often so the patience that he shows on the ice in all aspects is something that is his game," he said. "It doesn't matter if it is overtime or the first period, he is going to show the same kind of patience."

That patience came into play earlier in the game, when Miller robbed the veteran forward.

"Well, I tried to beat myself up. I kept thinking about it, but he just made a great save on it," said Satan. "You know, it's - I don't think there's too many goalies who could have stopped it, but he recovered quickly and, you know, I couldn't do it any faster."

The second time around, Satan made the adjustment.

"I saw him coming out and made a move to the side and then I had an empty net," said Satan who showed his superstitious side when asked about the B's newfound touch for the dramatic.

"I don't know, it's - I don't know," he said. "I don't really want to talk about it. I mean, I hope it's going to continue."

So does the rest of New England.

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