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Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:34 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 5:19 am

BOSTON --- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a blindside hit delivered by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome five minutes into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

Horton was moving all his extremities and he was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital, the Bruins announced near the end of the first period. The team had no futher update on Horton after the game.

"I know I've got the same things that you guys got," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He  was obviously moving around. That's all that I've been told. I don't have any more to share with you guys."

Horton, who is tied for the second on the team in points in the playoffs, had just crossed the blue line where he delivered a pass to teammate Milan Lucic when Rome initiated the collision with his shoulder. Horton's head made contact with the ice and he appeared to lose consciousnesss.

Rome, who initially went to the penalty box, was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. A hearing is set with NHL officials on Tuesday morning. 

"I think what I would call it is a blindside hit that we've talked about taking out of the game," Julien said. "He made the pass. [The hit] was late. He came from the blindside.":

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault agreed that the hit may have been late, but they parted when it came to whether the hit was of the blindside variety.

"That hit was head-on hit [and Horton was] looking at his pass," Vigneault  said. "It was a little bit late. I don't think that's the hit that the league is trying to take out of the game. This is a physical game, you have big guys. Fraction of a second to decide what's happening out there."

The home fans booed loudly after as the replay finally displayed on the scoreboard moments before play resumed. They cheered later in the period when Horton's condition was displayed.

The Bruins did not score on the ensuing power play.

The collision reintroduced the topic of head shots on the game’s biggest annual stage. The league has taken steps over the last several months to limit concussions as standouts like Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Boston's Marc Savard missed significant time this season. The Bruins were also without Patrice Bergeron for the first two games of the conference finals after he suffered a concussion in the second round.

Rome certainly appears to be in jeopardy of a suspension under Rule 48, which was put in place late last season to punish players who deliver hits to the head of an unsuspecting opponent.

The league’s general managers were against an all-encompassing rule that would ban any type hit to the head, but the league did establish new protocols for players who suffer concussions. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also established a blue ribbon panel headed by former NHL player Brendan Shanahan. That panel is scheduled to present their findings to at the general managers meeting here in Boston on Wednesday.

Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior VP of hockey operations, would make the final decision on whether Rome will be suspended. The league’s normal disciplinarian, Colin Campbell, isn’t involved on issues linked to the Bruins, who count his son, Gregory, as one of their players.

Shanahan will take over supplemental discipline decisions next season.

-- A.J. Perez

Photo: Getty Images 


Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:43 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

The hit tonight led with his elbow, and it was obviously intentional, and the poor guy didn't even have the puck

skreffy - watch the replay again and you'll see that he also left his feet when making the hit, launching himself into the other player's head.  Now I'm no expert on the rules of hitting in hockey, but I'm pretty sure it's not legal to leave your feet when hitting another player on the side of the head.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:41 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Your first game then I you even know the game ?  $100 for tickets to a sad building, $50 to fly into a shitty town full of losers, free hotel because ......well its Boston and nobody wants to go there.....go when you have no choice. So do you pay your players daddy directly to have the refs in your pocket ? only way you got to this point. Tampa had you if not for the 3-1 calls !! Understand what it is bruin fans......if you win it will be a farce and aided by your paid for stripes. for that reason alone I hope boston loses. The boston fans boo and cry everytime a boston guy get bumped or say you are the big bad bruins ?? Not even close !! They dont even deserve to be in the cup.  sad time for may be bought for the first time. We all but boston fans hope not !

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:41 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Rome's hit was alot less cowardly then 80% of Horton's hits.  Horton got what has been coming for a while.  He's the damn Ulf Samuelsson of forwards

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:40 am

Hockey is a great sport if you're a coward

I'm not a Bruins fan. I'm not a Canucks fan. And while I enjoy Olympic hockey and Canadian University hockey where the focus is on skill, speed and talent, the NHL is a repository for bullies and cowards who enjoy nothing more than crippling other players with cheap, blind-side hits. The blow by Rome was the conduct of a coward, lining up someone whose head is turned away as he makes the pass and nailing Horton as his head is turning but before he can face forwards. To make sure the blow was crippling, Rome raised his shoulder into Horton's head.

I love football. I love boxing. I love the body contact in basketball. But the cheap shots in those sports are the exception. Mike Tyson was a freak because his lack of sportsmanship was so rare. But Rome's hit is all too common in hockey and it's no wonder: in Canada they coach kids to deliver those sorts of blows not long after the learn to lace up skates. That sort of BS just isn't tolerated in other youth sports.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:32 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Honestly can't feel bad for Horton.  He's one of the dirtiest players in the NHL and has done much worse. Don't let the fact that he got hospitalized skewer the fact that he has done much worse and the hit really wasn't that bad other then being late.

Also, Mark Recchi is the least classy 20 year vet in history.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:32 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Played for years to answer your odd questions. You don't have to play to get the game.....why do people say that crap ?I hope Horton is ok and from everything I heard and saw he will be good. It was a bit late but when are players going to be more aware of that dangerous area ? You always have to be on a swivel around the blue line.....everyone knows that. Horton was not breaking for the net....he was looking at the pass he made and got hit. Have seen way bigger hits result in no injury. It was a shame that he got knocked out of the game. Didn't have any impact on the game. Its funny how a team can get bounces and grab a game and some momentum. Still think Vancouver is a much better team. Boston gets away with a lot.....never should have gotten past Tampa if not for the brutal refs. that was shocking to watch to be honest. That would have been fun to watch.....vancouver vs tampa. Boston is too much of whats wrong in shot goofs....good thing that one of their players has/had a daddy to protect them.....conflict of interest anyone ????  Remember when his son laid a viciuous cheap shot on a guy and daddy suspension !!

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:30 am


I'm a Bruins fan !!  I won't talk about legal hit, cheap shot, etc.  It's hockey and it's physical.....

I just have to say 8-1 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Down 2-0 the B's showed heart and grit.......they held home "court".......

Best game I've been to........nothing better than watching the Canucks fans leave early after paying over $1000 per ticket, plus flight, plus hotel........$2000 to watch a complete beat down of their feminine blue team.......

Couple quick goals Wednesday and the ever fragile Luongo will be done...........

Go Bruins !!

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:30 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

dropkicker, if you do something childish like bite, you will be hazed for years in the state of mass about, and that includes us shoving fingers in his face making fun of him biting a finger

Oh.  Thanks, Jewf.  Nice to know that it's only Mass. that has a weird fixation

BTW, what would you guys do if Linda Lovelace ever visits your proud domain??

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:04 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

I see a lot of people saying he was admiring his pass.  How many of you actually play hockey?  Horton passed the puck was watching the play and making a break to drive to the net.  He took two strides and was hit by Rome.  Absolutely a late hit and with the point of contact being the head.  It's a fast game, but if someone takes two strides after letting go of the puck you have to avoid hitting them.  Same thing happened to Bergeron in game 4 of the Philly series although his was more like a stride and a half and it was straight on and not from the side like this one.
I hope Horton gets well soon and doesn't have any lingering effects from this illegal hit. 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:02 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Whether Rome is suspended or not doesn't matter the league office is a joke already. Nobody has ever heard of Rome anyway! He isn't a difference maker in this series.

The most important thing here is Nathan Horton. His health is #1. Hopefully he is ok after this.

Vancouver is like that punk kid who starts a fight then runs away!

The whole team is a joke! Boston will tear their heads off if that's how Canucks want it.



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