Opposition setting sights on Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov has two pretty big bodyguards – and he’s needed them early in the season.

The 19-year-old rookie, months removed from playing in the Ontario Hockey League, has skated on a line with Ben Eager (6-2, 240) and Chris Thorburn (6-3, 230) much of the season. The two have jumped in more than once when the opposition set their sights on Burmistrov.

Take Friday’s game against Tampa Bay. At the 4:27 mark of the third period, Burmistrov got called for an interference penalty after tangling with the Lightning’s Steve Downie. Pushing and shoving ensued for several minutes. The action started up again on two occasions after things appeared to have settled down. In the end, Burmistrov was flanked again by Eager and Thorburn – this time in the penalty box. Eager got a roughing and a 10-minute misconduct penalty. Thorburn got a roughing penalty.

“I think in the third period we defended ourselves,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said after the game. “You’ve got Downie going after Burmistrov and we have three guys in the penalty box. That’s just ridiculous.”

Eager also got a fighting major after protecting Burmistrov in San Jose. It’s all part of the job, said Thorburn.

“He got tied up with one of their guys,” Thorburn said of Friday’s incident. “It’s mine and Benny’s job to get in there and make sure he’s all right. He’s a young kid. We’re just trying to help him out. He’s strong enough to handle his own but he shouldn’t have to in those situations.

“He plays hard so he’s going to get on team’s nerves. That’s his style. It’s a good thing. Me and Benny are there on each side of him to make sure everything stays under control.”

9 comments Add your comment

Killer Ice Gerbil

October 23rd, 2010
8:25 am

Burmy plays hard..but yeah..he looks like a 12 year kid out there. Tampa didn’t want to mix it up once big Buf and Eager started shedding the gloves, extremely disappointing that the thrashers were not allowed to protect their young player, 3 guys in the box for us..1 for them, yep. i vote you go after stamkos next game against the ning. see how stamkos likes having boulton donkey punch him.


October 23rd, 2010
8:38 am

Killer Ice Gerbil — you may want to look up the definition of donkey punch before you use it again. Try urbandictionary.com.


October 23rd, 2010
9:29 am

Hey Don, how many more years to be going the “right direction” to achieve SOME results? Accountability? Not in your dictionary. Thank you ASG for making great decisions!


October 23rd, 2010
10:25 am

Ha ha ha…Bolts donkey punching Stamkos. Sorry, that’s awesome coming from a guy with gerbil in his name.


October 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

To quote Ilya Kovalchuk, “Awkward happened.”


October 24th, 2010
2:49 am

Another defeat. More damn excuses! There are no legitimate excuses for this shet. All you idiot morons who savor this as a morale victory can kiss my a$$! There are no morale victories in professional sports. Marshmallow Mason went bellyup in overtime on a Sori Letemin classic. This bum is truly worthless! Another heartless choke job by an untalented bunch of quitters. Par for the course. Congratulations Bulldogs and Giants! A pox on cowards in blue uniforms with chickens on front of em. Appropriate. Nauseating! Losing streak lives. STENDEK


October 24th, 2010
5:21 pm

Phils ousted! Eagles gag. Life is good. Now…

New coach no better than old one. Lack of give a damn attitude still firmly in place. Marshmallow Mason sure to surrender four or more goals per outing. Pavs may be next Kari Lehtonen. Plenty of, ahem, potential which remains cloaked by injuries. Scoring? Uh. No. A goal per game might be overly optimistic. Truly a group which deserves no fan support of any kind. Really sad. Wanted to like these guys. Lack of caring has turned me off. Too bad. STENDEK

Hockey Biltong

October 24th, 2010
10:56 pm

Stendek, you couldn’t find your butt with both hands….your dreams of anyone kissing it shall go unanswered….


October 25th, 2010
2:13 pm

Stendek, maybe you should take note that Sori Letemin already have 5 win under his belt this season out of 7 games played. One of the loss came from a 1-0 loss against Nashville.