Feb 28, 2017
Arizona - Boston1-4

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1  16:02  Rough  DeAngelo-Marchand
2  23:49  Hit  Burmistrov-Miller
3  23:49  Rough  Chychrun-Miller

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 Tony DeAngelo 5'11'' 2177lb 10N/A
 Brad Marchand 5'9'' 2187lb 10
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Samuelsson
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Mar 1, 2017 11:09 ET
Pushing, shoving and wrestling in the corner. At the end both fall down. Fun 
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 Alex Burmistrov  (Victim) 6'1''  181lb  N/A
 Colin Miller  (Aggressor) 6'1''  181lb  
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 EC
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Feb 28, 2017 21:39 ET
Early in the 2nd period, the Arizona Coyotes come up with the puck behind their own net. Coyotes' defenseman Jakob Chychrun (son of former NHL tough guy Jeff Chychrun) picks up the puck and starts carrying it out of his zone. Chychrun passes the puck through the center slot area to his teammate Alex Burmistrov who is just inside the blueline. Unfortunately this was a very unwise decision. Burmistrov had to turn slightly to catch the pass and he was in a vulnerable position. Essentially Chychrun hit him with a suicide pass (not unlike the suicide pass that R.J. Umberger received just before being lit up by Brian Campbell during the 2006 playoffs).

Sure enough, just as Burmistrov is catching the pass, Boston Bruin's defenseman Colin Miller has him in his sights. Miller lines up Burmistrov and steps into him just as Burmistrov plays the puck. Miller's shoulder catches Burmistrov in the upper body and the Coyote drops to the ice like a stone. His stick flies out of his hand and Burmistrov is down for the count as he doesn't move at all. His teammates immediately come to his aid and Chychrun is the first one to get to Miller. Chychrun tackles Miller and all the players gather but nothing really comes of it.

Burmistrov remainded motionless on the ice and eventually had to be carted off on a stretcher. Incredibly Miller was ejected for boarding which was a ridiculous call in my book, not just because the hit was clean, but because it was also in open ice. How do you call boarding when they were nowhere near the boards? I believe the officials overreacted because they saw Burmistrov was hurt and didn't get back up. There was no real reason for them to eject Miller as the hit was clean. Unfortunately Miller was penalized because of the end result of the hit, not because his check was dirty.

Miller's hit was perfectly clean in my book. He didn't target the head, nor did he raise his elbow. Miller threw his shoulder into Burmistrov's upper body which is exactly how you are supposed to check someone. Yes he did make some contact with the head but the head wasn't the principal point of contact. The NHL needs to realize that most body checks in hockey do make some contact with the head. Unfortunately the league has become so sensitive when it comes to the issue of hits to the head that it has put added pressure on the officials. The referees probably felt like they had to eject Miller simply because he threw a hit that hurt his opponent.

I understand the league is trying to be more proactive when it comes to reducing cheap shots and hits to the head. However they also need to be careful that they don't gut the game and completely take away the physical element of it. This was a very unfortunate instance where a player was unjustly penalized for a clean hit simply because his victim was down for the count. Just because a player is hurt from a huge hit doesn't mean it was dirty. Burmistrov was badly shaken up by this because he caught a suicide pass in the center ice area and Miller made him pay for it. It's unfortunate that he was hurt, but that is the game of hockey. As the old adage says, you gotta keep your head up.

Putting aside the ranting about the NHL's foolishness and their watering down of the game, I will say that this was a great old school hit. Honestly it reminded me of Brian Campbell's hit on R.J. Umberger which I was fortunate enough to witness live. Burmistrov caught a suicide pass and got laid out as a result of it. It's unfortunate that Miller got ejected when he didn't do anything wrong. He deserves credit for taking advantage of an opportunity to throw a big hit on an opponent, but he managed to keep it clean. Overall this was easily one of the best hits of the season (although my vote for the best hit would have to go to Dmitri Orlov for his beautiful hip check on Matt Duchene since hip checks have almost become extinct in the NHL).
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bud88sg
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Feb 28, 2017 20:50 ET
HARD HUGE Clean hit. Head hits ice hard Dirty 
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TheDanLine
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Feb 28, 2017 20:54 ET
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supersonic
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Feb 28, 2017 20:55 ET
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GoonLeague
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Feb 28, 2017 20:56 ET
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BostonBruin8
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Feb 28, 2017 20:57 ET
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br8e700
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Feb 28, 2017 23:00 ET
Great open ice hit by Miller after Burmistrov catches a suicide pass. Doesn't target the head, doesn't leave his feet and didn't take a run at him which is a clean hit in my books. Also one of the worst penalty calls on a big clean hit since Anthony Camara's hit at the world juniors a couple of years ago. Dirty 
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BigBadBruin8
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Feb 28, 2017 23:02 ET
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tampa22
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Mar 1, 2017 05:49 ET
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Oneill.the.Giant
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Mar 1, 2017 19:21 ET
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Scottyboy
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Mar 4, 2017 05:57 ET
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supersonic
Feb 28, 2017 20:45 ET
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bud88sg
Feb 28, 2017 20:49 ET
HUGE!! Clean hit!!Reply
everblades22
Feb 28, 2017 21:10 ET
Great, clean hit. Unfortunate to see Miller get the boot for this hit.Reply
habs17
Feb 28, 2017 21:12 ET
Clean exciting hit , if the league looks at this it'll be a joke .

Gotta love hard hitting hockey ,
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EC
Feb 28, 2017 21:17 ET
Incredibly Colin Miller was ejected for boarding of all things! The hit was in open ice, yet Miller gets a boarding major?! This is yet another example of the officials overreacting because a player was hurt and had to be taken out on a stretcher. The ONLY reason Miller was ejected was because Burmistrov was knocked out and had to be carted off. The NHL has now become so pussified that players are getting penalized because of the results of a hit, and not because the hit was cheap! This hit was clean. Miller didn't target the head nor did he use an elbow. The head wasn't the primary point of contact and he caught him with the shoulder! You can't penalize a guy (much less throw him out) just because the victim of the hit got hurt. It's unfortunate but that's hockey! I'm a Sabres fan and I'm even defending a Bruin because there was nothing wrong with this hit at all! The NHL really sucks these days and has been so gutted.

I understand the league is sensitive to hits to the head but just because a hit may make some contact with the head doesn't automatically mean it's a dirty hit. Some of the biggest hits we have ever seen involved some contact to the head (like Brian Campbell's hit on R.J. Umberger for instance). It's rare where there is a hit that doesn't involve head contact in any way. Hell, Scott Stevens made a career out of blasting guys in the head and he did blatantly target them in the head. Yet he was praised as a major hitter. Now a perfectly clean hit gets a guy ejected simply because the victim was hurt by it and didn't get up. It's not Miller's fault that Burmistrov was given a suicide pass here but he gets penalized anyway because the NHL is overly sensitive. Alright I'm done, rant over!
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sabretooth12
Feb 28, 2017 22:18 ET
All you guys car about is clean hard hits do you actually care tho that he's in the hospital SMHReply
sabretooth12
Feb 28, 2017 22:23 ET
Your moms a joke clearly the league will look at this he sent the guy to the hospital do you even care that he's in the hospital or is all you care about is the dumb hitReply
sabretooth12
Feb 28, 2017 22:40 ET
If you don't like the pussified NHL then don't watch anymore one less fan to hear complaining aboutReply
supersonic
Mar 1, 2017 05:25 ET
Sabretooth who the hell are you talking to? This is hockey, its game where hits like this are a part of the game regardless if the guy is in the hospital or not, do i hope he is gonna be alright, of course i do but i love the hit and have watched it over a dozen times, by the way EC great review of the event.Reply
tampa22
Mar 1, 2017 05:47 ET
You are in the wrong site idiot, go to watch figure skatingReply
ProbertSchultz
Mar 1, 2017 08:17 ET
Sadly, we are about 2-3 years away from hitting being banned.Reply
jagger
Mar 1, 2017 10:55 ET
great to see burmistrov lay there. hope he never plays againReply
BattleshipRules
Mar 3, 2017 20:24 ET
One less troll on DYGReply


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Mar 1, 2017 05:49 ET
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