Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thing of Beauty: Burmistrov Roars out of to the Box to Score Game-Winner in Toronto

Jets' center Alexander Burmistrov was hoping not to be the goat as he sat in the penalty box during the third period with his team deadlocked at two with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in Toronto. Then, as time on his penalty expired, he decided to be the hero.

Burmistrov burst out of the box, found himself with the puck on his tape (thanks to a perfectly placed clear by Bryan Little) and took off on a two-on-one with Blake Wheeler. The rest is textbook--and storybook. The Russian executed one of the most beautiful give-and-gos you'll ever see (see video above) and buried the game-winner past helpless Leafs goalie James Reimer.

"When you sit in the box, the first thing you are hoping is that we're not going to give up a goal; you hope time will run out," Burmistrov said. "Then you also hope when time runs out someone on our team will have the puck and give it to me for a breakaway."

The Jets would ice the game on Bryan Little's short-handed empty-netter to improve their record to 8-4-1, while Toronto drops to 2-8-2.

Burmistrov's second marker of the season, and 25th of his NHL career, has him feeling much better about his first season back in the NHL after two years with Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL.

"Oh, I can't even explain how big this goal is for me," he said. "It has been tough for me since I came back. It is a great feeling now for us to win the game and for me to score that big goal."

His coach felt good about it to, as was evidenced by his post-game smiles with the Russian.