Like many grooms, Ryan Miller figured he would be anxious when the big day arrived. For the first time, the spotlight would be on him as a husband and a man, rather than as the Sabres' franchise goaltender, as he stood before his family and friends, extended his hand and exchanged marriage vows with the woman he loves.

Miller is a complex guy but he realized Sept. 3 that there was nothing complicated about marrying actress Noureen DeWulf. It was a no-brainer. She was everything he wanted in a woman. She was genuine and caring. She understood him, and she loved him.

She was the least of his worries and, if anything, his primary source of peace on his wedding day. By the time their ceremony rolled around, it was as if Miller was in The Zone.