February 7, 2013
Miller, 19, became the first Ranger to make his Garden debut with a multiple-goal game since Chris Kontos in 1983. He was also the youngest Ranger to have a multigoal game since Alex Kovalev scored a hat trick Dec. 27, 1992.
Miller scored on his first shift, skating around defenseman Brian Strait and firing the puck between the legs of goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 1 minute 29 seconds.
He tallied again on a power play at 18:11 of the second period to make the score 3-1. He used his speed to create a breakaway off a pass from Ryan McDonagh and once again shot the puck through Nabokov’s legs.
Miller stood in the dressing room after the game wearing the Broadway Hat, the battered fedora given to the team’s most valuable player after every victory. Miller had not been aware of the hat or the tradition that began last season.
“It’s a nice hat,” Miller said. “I look forward if we get a win the next game to passing it on to someone else.”
He could have had a hat trick when McDonagh intercepted a pass and shot into an empty net with 2:08 left to play. Miller was on the ice, but McDonagh, startled to find the Islanders’ net vacant, did not think to pass.
“I told him, ‘Good shot,’ ” Miller said. “I’m glad he didn’t miss the net there.”
McDonagh said: “I don’t get too many of those looks as a defenseman. But I wish I could’ve given it to J. T.”
Miller, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound center from East Palestine, Ohio, made an impressive debut Tuesday in a 3-1 loss at New Jersey, earning praise from Coach John Tortorella. He already performed on a big stage this season, playing for the United States team that won the gold medal at the world junior championship in Russia last month. He also had 8 goals and 20 points in 37 games with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Connecticut this season and was chosen to play in the All-Star Game.
On Thursday, he centered a line with Chris Kreider and the Rangers’ captain, Ryan Callahan, who returned after missing three games with a shoulder injury.
Callahan mindfully retrieved the puck from the net after Miller’s first goal, gathering the keepsake for Miller, whose mother, grandmother and girlfriend attended the game and heard the crowd chant his name.
“It’s a spark to see a guy come in his first two games and play the way he has,” Callahan said. Marian Gaborik made the score 2-0 at 14:04 of the first period.
Before the game, Tortorella said he was upset with a player on his team who had five goals, and Gaborik was the only player who fit the description.
Tortorella shuffled the lines to advantageous effect. The Gaborik-Brad Richards-Rick Nash line was broken up, with Taylor Pyatt taking Nash’s place. Nash moved to a line with Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
John Tavares scored for the Islanders (4-5-1), boosting his career output to 7 goals and 20 points in 18 games against the Rangers (5-5).
Tortorella has complained about the Rangers’ inconsistency over the last few days, saying the 48-game season leaves no time for experimentation.
On Thursday, he made Brian Boyle a healthy scratch after Boyle had played 174 consecutive games, a streak that started in 2009-10.
Boyle scored 21 goals in 2010-11 and 11 last season, but this season he has had no goals and one assist in nine games, and was almost certainly someone Tortorella had in mind after the 3-1 loss to the Devils when he said some Rangers looked tentative, scared and careful.
Asked if Boyle would learn anything from watching the game from the press box, Tortorella said: “To be miserable, and to hope that he never puts me in this type of decision again. He’s not playing, and I know he likes to play. And he will get another opportunity to play.”
Boyle said: “My whole body of work this year hasn’t been there. I don’t know what it is. It’s not reactive — it’s just a little too much thinking and not enough confidence.”
Tortorella sounded a cautious note about Miller.
“I try to temper myself because I’m not sure where it’s going to go in two weeks,” Tortorella said.
But he could not deny the quality of Miller’s performance.
“I like the way he carries himself,” Tortorella said. “He’s got some good strut to his game.”
J. T. Miller was born on March 14th, 1993 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._T._Miller
March 14th, 1993
3 + 14 +1+9+9+3 = 39 = his life lesson = Dream come true.
March 14th, 1993
14 +1+9+9+3 = 36 = his “secret” number = Maximum effort. The weight of ambition.
March 14th, 1993
3 + 14 +2+0+1+3 = 23 = his personal year (from March 14th, 2013 to March 13th, 2014) = Athlete. Sports. Leadership.
23 year + 3 (March) = 26 = his personal month (from March 14th, 2013 to April 13th, 2013) = Fans. Popular. In the news. Making headlines.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
J. T. Miller
1 2 493359 36
his path of destiny = 36 = Maximum effort.
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