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More on Miller and the ref

I've updated today's story on Ryan Miller's claim an official cursed at him Monday night in Pittsburgh because the game tape gives a clear view at what is apparently the incident in question. Still got the game on your DVRs? Follow along.

Looks like things happened with 16:11 left in the second period, about seven minutes prior to the bench minor. There's a faceoff in the Buffalo end with 16:13 left, Miller points to something in the circle and referee Tim Peel (No. 20) whistles the play dead almost immediately and skates directly to the Buffalo goaltender. Peel is clearly gesturing at Miller with his left hand before the camera shot cuts away.

If it's found that Peel cursed at Miller as the goalie said (and there's no way Ryan Miller would lie about an accusation so serious), that's an official who needs to be suspended. Miller is probably going to get fined for calling the stripes' work a "slanted officiating job" Monday, but after watching that Sidney Crosby lovesfest that Versus proffered on all of us, can you really blame him?

UPDATE: NHL vice president of communications Frank Brown e-mails this comment to The News: "There is no Ryan Miller situation."


---Mike Harrington


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