Miller ejected as Burmistrov leaves game on a stretcher
25-year-old showed a thumbs-up while being wheeled off the ice
Arizona Coyotes centre Alexander Burmistrov was wheeled off on a stretcher after being hit by Boston Bruins defenceman Colin Miller in game on Tuesday night.
Colin Miller ejected for this hit on Burmistrov <a href="https://t.co/ZgbDRtBFZO">pic.twitter.com/ZgbDRtBFZO</a>—@PeteBlackburn
Burmistrov received a pass and had just sent the puck along when Miller came into him sideways and knocked him down. Miller was ejected and given a game misconduct for charging.
Hockey fans immediately got in on the conversation saying Miller's hit was nothing but clean.
<a href="https://twitter.com/NHL">@NHL</a> Please explain what was wrong with the Colin Miller hit? Hint, the answer is nothing. Injury does not = penalty.—@hillsy16
<a href="https://twitter.com/Colin6Miller">@Colin6Miller</a>.<br>We went to grade school together. clean hit buddy. Dont let anyone tell you otherwise. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/keepyourheadupburmistrov?src=hash">#keepyourheadupburmistrov</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/grandview?src=hash">#grandview</a>—@lund04
Dave Tippett on Colin Miller's hit on Alex Burmistrov: "It's a hard hit ... but I don't think it was an intentional hit to hurt somebody."—@davest4yotes
Burmistrov gave a thumbs-up with both hands as he was wheeled off the ice. The Coyotes said he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Burmistrov with the thumbs up as he's wheeled off. Hope the kid is OK and this is all precautionary. <a href="https://t.co/8Tgd6sFqG6">pic.twitter.com/8Tgd6sFqG6</a>—@cupofchowdah
.<a href="https://twitter.com/ArizonaCoyotes">@ArizonaCoyotes</a> center Alex Burmistrov gives two thumbs up to the fans cheering him as he exits TD Garden ice on a stretcher. GREAT sign!—@davest4yotes
Boston went on to claim a 4-1 victory.
With files from the Associated Press