Miller wins in first Vezina nomination

LAS VEGAS -- Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender.

Miller won the award Wednesday at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, beating the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur and Phoenix Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Miller won nine of his first 12 games, leading Buffalo to its second Northeast Division title in four years. He ranked fourth among goalies with 41 wins and was nominated for the award for the first time.

Brodeur failed to win the award a fifth time in nine nominations after leading the league with 45 wins and nine shutouts. He also led NHL goalies in games played and the fewest team goals against.

Bryzgalov set Coyotes season records for wins and points.