Burns finally earns his fighting stripes

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO and JUDD ZULGAD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2007 - 12:04 AM

The Wild has a 1-2 scoring punch in Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra. Maybe next season, the Wild will have a 1-2 fighting punch in Derek Boogaard and Brent Burns.

The Wild has a 1-2 scoring punch in Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra. Maybe next season, the Wild will have a 1-2 fighting punch in Derek Boogaard and Brent Burns.

Burns would take the middleweights, of course.

Burns' fight in Friday's Game 2 with Ducks winger Chris Kunitz was not only his first brouhaha in the NHL, it was his first in hockey.

The 22-year-old defenseman said he hasn't been in a fight since he boxed at age 12.

But now that he's gotten his first one out of the way, maybe he'll try it more.

"It's like when somebody bungee jumps, it's probably scary the first time and then it's a rush," Burns said. "It wouldn't be fun if you were getting killed, but it was fun when you're not getting hit."

The fight came after Burns went to the defense of partner Keith Carney, who was taken down by Corey Perry.

"Everybody says [Kunitz] was pulling my hair, but I didn't know that," Burns said. "I didn't realize his gloves were off, but one of our guys was yelling at me to drop my gloves, so I did."

Enforcer Boogaard was in the penalty box at the time.

"I was pumped," Boogaard said. "I was yelling and screaming and yelling at him to keep throwing and not stop until he falls over. It was awesome."

Makes no difference

With the Wild having the last line change in Sunday's Game 3, Gaborik got his wish to match up against the Ducks' top line rather than against their checking line.

But Demitra, Gaborik, and center Wes Walz combined for no shots on goal in the Wild's 2-1 loss. Gaborik and Demitra had 10 shots between them in Game 2 playing against the Sami Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen checking line.

Different viewpoint

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle predictably disagreed with Wild coach Jacques Lemaire's assertion that Anaheim is getting away with obstruction when asked about the subject Sunday morning.

"That's news to me," Carlyle said. "I've watched the game. I don't see the hooking and holding. I see players skating and moving into position."

But after Sunday's loss, Wild winger Brian Rolston said there is no mistaking what the Ducks are doing.

"The hold-ups are just unbelievable. Maybe they're the best team in the league at holding up," Rolston said sarcastically.

"They must be. Every time you chip it in, you're getting bumped before you get it. We have to fight through this thing. It's definitely frustrating to get in on the forecheck."

A big target

Boogaard, scratched in Game 3, feels he was under an officiating microscope in Games 1 and 2. The 6-7, 254-pound winger was called for 16 minutes in penalties. Two gave Anaheim power plays, and one evened up a situation in which George Parros initiated a confrontation.

"They don't like players like myself, I don't think," Boogaard said of the officials. "It's just the way it is. In junior I was almost a man against boys. They are kind of treating me the same way here. I don't think it's fair, but I'm just going to have to adjust to it and do the best I can."

Lemaire said Saturday that it was difficult to play Boogaard if he was being targeted.

"He's still effective, but he could be more effective," Lemaire said. "He's probably the most disciplined guy I know."It's tough when guys are punching you in the head and I'm sitting in the box for nothing," Boogaard said.

Etc.

• Wild defenseman Petteri Nummelin, scratched in Games 1 and 2, replaced Kurtis Foster in the lineup and scored the only Wild goal.

• Wild winger Branko Radivojevic, skating with a visor after having his eye poked during a fight with Edmonton's Patrick Thoresen in the final week of the regular season, said he plans to wear one next season. "I go in front of the net, and you never know when you'll get a puck or a stick," Radivojevic said.

• Minnesota's major pro sports teams now have a seven-game losing streak in the postseason. The last victory came when the Vikings defeated the Packers in the wild-card round in January 2005. The Vikings lost the next week to Philadelphia. Next up was the Twins, swept in October 2006 by Oakland, and now there's the Wild.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Mets 8 FINAL
Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
NY Yankees 1
Detroit 5 FINAL
Baltimore 4
Toronto 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 2 FINAL
Cleveland 4
San Diego 3 FINAL
Seattle 4
Chicago WSox 6 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Kansas City 13 FINAL
Texas 2
Oakland 9 FINAL
San Francisco 2
Wisc-Milwaukee 0 FINAL
Milwaukee 8
Arizona 6 FINAL
Colorado 3
Univ of Minnesota 1 FINAL
Minnesota 3
New York 82 FINAL
Indiana 105
Phoenix 105 FINAL
Orlando 100
Cleveland 120 FINAL
Toronto 112
Utah 84 FINAL
Boston 85
Charlotte 115 FINAL
Brooklyn 91
Denver 100 FINAL
Minnesota 85
Detroit 85 FINAL
New Orleans 88
LA Lakers 94 FINAL
Miami 100
Philadelphia 118 FINAL
Oklahoma City 123
Memphis 102 FINAL
Houston 100
Sacramento 85 FINAL
San Antonio 112
Milwaukee 93 FINAL
Golden State 102
Portland 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 93
Ottawa 3 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
NY Rangers 1 FINAL(OT)
Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 1 FINAL
Colorado 3
Montreal 1 FINAL
Anaheim 3
Longwood 65 FINAL
Presbyterian 61
Campbell 64 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 72
Liberty 70 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 80
Ohio State 77 FINAL
Penn State 67
Maine 66 FINAL
Albany 83
Duquesne 81 FINAL
Fordham 66
George Washington 67 FINAL
George Mason 51
Tennessee 78 FINAL
LSU 63
Notre Dame 71 FINAL
Louisville 59
SE Missouri St 74 FINAL
Morehead State 79
St Francis-PA 73 FINAL
Mount St Marys 58
Hartford 63 FINAL
New Hampshire 67
Wagner 68 FINAL
Robert Morris 91
Long Island 70 FINAL
St Francis-NY 79
La Salle 50 FINAL
Saint Josephs 55
Providence 79 FINAL
Seton Hall 66
UCF 45 FINAL
South Florida 74
Binghamton 57 FINAL
Stony Brook 62
UMBC 39 FINAL
Vermont 66
Sacred Heart 85 FINAL
Bryant 91
Richmond 56 FINAL
Massachusetts 53
Wake Forest 51 FINAL
Duke 94
Purdue 66 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Miami-Florida 67 FINAL
Pittsburgh 63
St Bonaventure 64 FINAL
Saint Louis 48
New Mexico St 69 FINAL
TX-Pan American 48
Houston 68 FINAL
Tulane 63
Howard 62 FINAL
NJIT 71
TCU 70 FINAL
Oklahoma State 82
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
Tulsa 47
USC 74 FINAL
UCLA 85
Miss State 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Utah State 53 FINAL
Wyoming 76
St Johns 67 FINAL
Marquette 51
SIU Edwardsville 66 FINAL
Eastern Ill 78
Air Force 66 FINAL
Fresno State 68
Nebraska 57 FINAL
Illinois 69
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Nevada 62
Boise State 68 FINAL
San Jose St 51
San Diego St 60 FINAL
UNLV 58
Oregon 65 FINAL
Oregon State 62
UC Santa Barbara 98 FINAL
Hawaii 90
Toledo 64 FINAL
Northern Ill 68
Wake Forest 69 FINAL
Boston College 53
Eastern Illinois 35 FINAL
UT Martin 68
Austin Peay 69 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 72
Virginia Tech 57 FINAL
NC State 56
Massachusetts 55 FINAL
St Bonaventure 49
Auburn 71 FINAL
Florida 49
Penn State 63 FINAL
Indiana 68
Clemson 53 FINAL
Georgia Tech 80
Davidson 63 FINAL
La Salle 74
Loyola-Maryland 46 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Boston U 48 FINAL
Colgate 58
Coll of Charleston 58 FINAL
James Madison 107
Delaware 76 FINAL
Elon 77
Drexel 58 FINAL
Northeastern 42
Hofstra 75 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 76
Towson 56 FINAL
William & Mary 68
Miami-Ohio 55 FINAL
Akron 67
Ball State 85 FINAL
Central Michigan 69
Buffalo 55 FINAL
Bowling Green 47
Western Mich 65 FINAL
Eastern Michigan 74
Ohio U 69 FINAL
Kent State 56
Youngstown St 62 FINAL
Cleveland State 73
Illinois-Chicago 54 FINAL
Wright State 74
Alabama 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Detroit 60 FINAL
Milwaukee 56
Purdue 58 FINAL
Wisconsin 56
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is doing the best job coaching a Minnesota pro sports team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close