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Jets' Alex Burmistrov steps out of penalty box, scores winner

Thursday, November 5, 2015 9:18:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Normally coaches don't like when their players take penalties late in the game. Winnipeg Jets forward Alex Burmistrov may have been fearing the wrath of head coach Paul Maurice after he was whistled for holding the stick with 4:13 to play in a tie game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Burmistrov's teammates picked him up, though. They had just about killed the penalty completely when Bryan Little got the puck on his stick in the Jets' zone. He spun around and sent the puck up ice. Maybe it was on purpose or maybe he was trying to clear it one last time, whatever the case, it all came together.

The penalty box door opened, Burmistrov stepped out and started breaking for the Maple Leafs' net. The speedy Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner caught up to him, so Burmistrov cut to the middle. Just then, Jets teammate Blake Wheeler was cutting the other direction. Burmistrov dropped Wheeler the puck, spun away from Gardiner and broke for the net. Wheeler put the puck on his tape and Burmistrov netted the game-winning goal with just 2:05 to play in regulation.

So basically, Burmistrov took the most well-timed penalty ever.

Little added an empty-netter while the Jets were killing a Dustin Byfuglien penalty to make it 4-2, which stood as the final score.

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