Nathan Horton Hit
June 7, 2011 by staff
Nathan Horton Hit, After Boston beat the Vancouver Canucks in the finals of the NHL Stanley Cup on Monday, the talk was not about the score 8-1, but the blow, which left Bruins end Nathan Horton hospital.
Horton had fired a pass to Milan Lucic and cross in the Vancouver area, when he crushed his head bouncing off the ice after a late blindside hit by Canuck defender Aaron Rome.
Horton tried to rise, but was carried out by medical staff that took the ice on a stretcher. His condition in hospital was not disclosed, but team officials said he was able to move his limbs.
Rome was a lack of game and is likely to receive at least a one-game suspension when he talks with NHL officials on Tuesday as they arrived too late after Horton has spent the disc.
Boston coach Claude Julien came to ask a dirty hit, but made clear what he thinks the league office to do with Rome, which has no reputation as dirty player.
“I think what I would call a success is that he was surprised that we have talked about taking the game. (Horton) made the pass. It was late. (Rome) came from the blind side,” Julien told reporters.
Boston failed to score during the power play five minutes occurred in the first period but the Bruins players, said that no doubt fueled her motivation, as it ended up in Vancouver worst of the playoffs strong.
“Not much is said (in costume). It was rather; let’s make sure we do this by Horty (Horton). Horty has been a great partner for us throughout the year. We have to win for him tonight” said Boston right end Mark Recchi.
The game will mess with roughing penalties and a fight in the third period, but that was largely after the score had become unbalanced.
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault admitted the blow seemed “a bit late” but then did not agree with Julien that was the kind of hit the NHL was trying to end the hockey because it is “a physical game.”
Most players in Vancouver said he saw the blow.
Horton has been a key scorer for the Bruins in the playoffs so the injury could leave a hole in Boston’s lineup with the next game scheduled for Wednesday.
“We will find solutions. I always do,” said Julien.
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