Tonight's game between the Arizona Coyotes and Boston Bruins was delayed briefly in the second period as Alexander Burmistrov was stretchered off the ice after a very hard hit by Boston's Colin Miller.
B's defenseman Colin Miller leveled Coyotes forward Alexander Burmistrov with a hard hit near the blue line. As Burmistrov was carted off the ice at the Zamboni entrance, he gave the two-thumbs-up sign to the fans.
Miller was given five minutes for charging and thrown out of the game. A scrum ensued before trainers from both teams tended to the injured player and the stretcher was called.
UPDATE (8:40 p.m. ET): The Coyotes provided an update on Burmistrov.
"He said he understood", Miller said.
Burmistrov, 25, has one goal and eight assists in 18 games with the Coyotes after being claimed off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on January 2.
Burmistrov received a pass and had just sent the puck along when Miller came into him sideways and knocked him to the ice.
Backes kept the puck in the zone, flipped it behind the net and then drifted over to the middle of the ice, where Marchand found him. The Bruins got a short-handed goal to make it 2-1.
Boston chased goaltender Mike Smith (3-12 lifetime against the Bruins) on four goals on 14 shots in two periods - three of the last four shots he faced going in.
NOTES: The Bruins have scored first in their last six games.
Bruins: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday night.