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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: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:57 pm

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

canucks are the poorest excuse for class i have ever seen, talk about classless, just like Canada!!  that was the dirtiest hit i have ever seen, and lapierre, just stop, you are a CLOWN, we know that, it is better  to be silent and thought a fool then to speak and remove all doubt guy!!   you are a loser

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:54 pm

Bruins' Horton taken off ice on stretcher

exactly, what a f---ing joke, and, if that piece of garbage from VS keeps saying that hit was legal and horton should have head his head up i really will BLOW UP!!  that was 2 seconds late, the puck was GONE, that was DIRTY. that [iece of garbage for a guy who when we score we are 8-0 these [playoffs!!     what a joke!!   the NHL better suspend him for rest of series!!    what a joke,  horton is one of the BEST players the B's have on offense, that POS lapierre too, what a clown, how can he not be embarrased, the guy is such a sideshow geek, loser, non talented moron, you see him push chara, like chara would waste his time, what a joke!!    lapierre is clown, canucks have talent, no doubt, but they have NO CLASS!!!!   NONE!!!!   they are a joke!!

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 8:46 pm

Bruins' Horton taken off ice on stretcher

How much crap are the B's supposed to eat? Rome for Horton. Fair trade. Why can't the NHL take the next step?

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