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Alex Burmistrov leaves the ice on a stretcher after hit by Colin Miller

The Coyotes forward gave the thumbs-up as he left the ice, but a scary play nonetheless

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets
Hope he’s okay.
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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.

Here’s another angle:

It’s hard to tell where the “main” point of contact is (thanks to Nick Cotsonika on Twitter for pointing out the changed language of the rule) with either angle, and both gifs slow down from the speed of the play, which you can see at full speed here:

Miller was given a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct for the hit, but has no prior history of supplemental discipline. This will be a tough one for the Department of Player Safety to figure out.

Burmistrov gave the thumbs-up gesture as he was taken off the ice, so let’s hope the medical staff was acting out of an abundance of caution and that Burmistrov is okay.

UPDATE #1 (6:40 PM) - The Coyotes are announcing Burmistrov has been taken to the hospital.