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When Canadiens left winger Travis Moen rose from the ice Monday night, he clearly was woozy. He had just been knocked down twice during a first-period fight with Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller, a player who started the season in obscurity, but will end it on the list of players no one wants to take on.
But it’s more than just the handful of fights — and many more handfuls of big hits — that Miller has laid on the competition.
Miller has become one of Boston’s more reliable defensemen, providing needed minutes as a stay-at-home blue liner in the third pairing in place of the injured Adam McQuaid. In Denver, against a potent Avalanche attack, Miller played a team-high 23 minutes 10 seconds.