Miller: Boston Doesn't Hold A Candle To Vegas Hockey Passion

Boston is a passionate market, Colin Miller said, but Las Vegas is special

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May 24, 2018 - 12:47 pm

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When the Boston Bruins made Colin Miller available for the 2017 NHL expansion draft, the 25-year-old defenseman wasn’t upset.

“No, I understand,” Miller said on The DA Show. “It’s a business. That’s how it works. Boston has a lot of great defensemen there. I was very happy there. I was there for two years, and I made some really strong connections in the city and obviously with the group of guys there. I got nothing but good things to say. They gave me my start in the NHL, and I was very fortunate for it.”

Miller, of course, was drafted up Las Vegas. Thus, he went from the one of the oldest hockey cities in the country to the newest. 

The drop-off in passion? Non-existent.

“It’s been amazing,” Miller said. “The fan support has been there the whole time. The rink has been pretty crazy since day one. It’s awesome to see. It’s great. Boston was a passionate market, but I don’t think they could hold a candle to what’s going on in Vegas right now.”

Really? Couldn’t hold a candle?

“Well, it’s pretty wild,” Miller said. “With everything going on, the fans are into it, they’re all excited, and it’s great to see.”

Indeed, the Golden Knights have reached the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season. They will host Washington in Game 1 of the Finals on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

The Capitals beat the Lightning in Tampa Bay, 4-0, in Game 7 on Wednesday. 

“Definitely a little different game than I think we all expected last night,” Miller said, “but kudos to Washington. They’re a very good team, so it’s definitely nice to know who we’re going to have. We’re looking forward to Monday.”

The Capitals are back in the Finals for the second time in franchise history and the first time since 1998. Alex Ovechkin, long criticized for underachieving in the playoffs, has a team-high 12 goals this postseason.

“He’s a man on a mission right now,” Miller said. “He’s been obviously pretty special this playoffs. Once they got over Pittsburgh, he’s been a very good player. It’ll be a group effort. We’ve done a good job all year of shutting down top lines. Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb really get the boatload. They’ll see him the most, but anything else the rest of us can do to help out, we’ll definitely do it.”

DA, like many sports fans, can’t decide whether the Golden Knights are a Cinderella. Their story is phenomenal, yes, but they also some darn good players on their roster, including Marc-Andre Fleury, who has a .947 save percentage in the playoffs.

Is Las Vegas a Cinderella?

“I don't know, I think it’s a little bit of both,” Miller said. “Obviously it’s a pretty cool story that’s being written here. I think with everything that happened at the beginning of the year, it was an emotional start. I think the fans really got behind us early on in the year and we’ve made that connection. We’re thrilled to be playing here in Vegas. There’s a lot of guys that haven’t had this opportunity before in their career. A lot of guys come over from different teams and get chances that they’ve never had. It was just about whether they were going to be able to handle the load and the work and getting that much opportunity – and up to this date, we’ve been able to. 

“So I don’t know,” Miller continued. “A little bit of both, but if you ask some guys in the room, we’re some good hockey players, too, and we’re just looking to take advantage of another opportunity here.”