Only a shot from Canada's favorite Kid - Sidney Crosby - 7:40 into overtime during yesterday's gold-medal game kept him from carrying the United States to a perfect mark and the top spot on the Olympic podium.
Canada 3, United States 2.
And it was every bit that close thanks to the American goaltender, who made 36 saves in an arena rooting hard against him and waiting for him to fail.
"I'm just very frustrated," tournament MVP Miller said. "We got ourselves in a position to win from two goals down. Sudden death kind of stings, especially in this situation. I was happy, proud, the way I handled myself these two weeks."
When Crosby's winning shot found the back of the net, Miller dropped to a knee and then fell forward. He stayed down for several moments until it was time to head to the bench.
Miller graciously accepted the silver medal around his neck, but the disappointment was easy to read on his face.
"He was the main reason we were in the gold-medal game and why we got it to overtime," forward Ryan Callahan said.
"He's pretty down, but there's no chance we're here without the way he played the whole tournament," Drury said. "It's heartbreaking to lose in OT of a gold-medal game, but he should be proud of everything he did the last two weeks."
Miller played in all six U.S. games and was in for the duration, except for the second half of the third period in a 6-1 semifinal win over Finland. He stopped 139 of 147 shots in the tournament.
"This was a classic hockey game, just as our game was a week ago," U.S. coach Ron Wilson said, referring to the Americans' earlier 5-3 win over Canada. "Ryan gave us a chance to win, and unfortunately we didn't."