Repeat offender Burmistrov fined $2,000 for diving


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The NHL has fined Winnipeg Jets forward Alex Burmistrov $2,000 for diving.

Burmistrov becomes the second member of the Jets to be nailed for embellishment this season. The league previously fined rookie Nikolaj Ehlers for having two cited incidents of diving.

Burmistrov was flagged for an embellishment in a game Oct. 27 against L.A.

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Winnipeg Jets' Alexander Burmistrov (6) is tripped by Arizona Coyotes' Michael Stone (26) during third period NHL hockey action, in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Burmistrov has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment.The NHL announced the fine Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

He was also deemed to have dived by the league’s hockey operations department Jan. 26 against the Arizona Coyotes.

On that play, Burmistrov drew a tripping penalty to Coyotes’ Michael Stone but the league has ruled, on further examination, Burmistrov went down too easily on that play.

His next incident, if there is one, will cost him $3,000.

Many a raised eyebrow has occurred around the NHL in the wake of the 20-game suspension to Calgary’s Dennis Wideman for running over linesman Don Henderson.

Wideman’s former teammate Mark Stuart wrestled with a reaction.

“I played with him in Boston and we were good buddies,” Stuart said. “It’s unfortunate because I know that’s not the kind of guy he is, not the kind of player he is and he’s proven that over his career.

“But I saw it and you just have that fear because it does look bad and it is the linesman. You’ve got to protect those guys. They’re such a huge part of our game. I think the league kind of had to set a precedent and unfortunately for Wides it was … I can’t see him doing that intentionally, personally, but it’s almost the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Jets winger Drew Stafford saw only the positives from the Jets’ recent stretch in which they’ve lost four of five to fall to 3-6-0 in this stretch of nine of 10 at home.

It concludes tonight with the game at the MTS Centre against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I think we’ve been close,” Stafford said. “It’s just a matter of a couple of coverage reads. Once again maybe getting a couple of breaks here and there.”

Upon further review, the NHL has changed Tuesday night’s first Winnipeg goal, credited to Stafford on the power play, to Andrew Ladd’s 11th of the season.

Ladd was screening Dallas goalie Antti Niemi at the edge of the crease and the puck was judged to have touched Ladd’s jersey.

“It’s a great screen,” Stafford said. “A goal’s a goal, we’ll take ’em however we can.”

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