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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: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:25 pm

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Dimpled Balls, I know you don't like Horton and are still anrgy about him throwing the water bottle. I'd tell you it's time to get over it, but I don't think you ever will. If it helps, I was one of the Bs fans who felt he should be suspended and said so.

With that said, whatever lack of class you may think Horton displays, you are displaying your own utter lack of class with that avatar. Pathetic.

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:57 pm

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Incredible. A blatant shoulder to the head shot. Who the heck is Rome? Just another Johnny-Come-Lately Goon. Get these jerks out of the game. Let's start handing out 20-game suspensions for head shots so players will get the message LOUD and CLEAR. Crosby is already destined for early retirement -- as we let these bottom-feeders take down the best players in the game. Which superstar is next? Again. Who is Rome? A non-gifted neanderthal. A footnote like the drunk driver in an accident. Rome, don't let the sin bin door hit you on the way out!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:48 pm

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

As a hockey player you live and die to play for the Cup...well Mr. Rome your series jsut ended because of your dirty play...Colin Cowherd just said a report is out the Rome has been suspended 4 games...Since we are in game 3 do the math...eye for an eye

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:56 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:52 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

The only point i was making is if its a written rule has in the Horton case with throwing the water bottle into the stands you should get suspended. Rome should get suspended but the way the NHL is picking and choosing who and when they want to suspend players is not going to work. If you break a rule that is written in a book then they should enforce it. Im not a Vancouver fan or Boston fan but both sides have made plays worthy of suspension. The NHL is going to kick themselves in the A$$ after this year if they don't man up and make some calls.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:49 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

so what all you bastan fans are saying is that if the rolls were reversed horton lucic would have stopped or skated past to avoid the hit. bastan has shown this entire playoffs that they are by far the dirtiest team lucic and horton for that matter punching people in the back of the head after the whistle. how many times has that happened in the playoffs

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:28 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

We'll see tough guy......You'll see who mans up if the league does nothing......Lucic already gave your boy Burrows a nice little wake up biach slap as an appetizer to whats coming up....unless they start acting like flopping little girls.

Vancouver better keep game 4 close for a lot of reasons... win or lose if game 4 is a blowout,  Boston could do some serious damage and if it's a Boston blowout again the Canucks could be in big trouble in this series.... where the Canucks have an advantage over Boston and over 90 percent of the league is offensive firepower and their depth up front... the Sedin twins are a huge part of that team and I simply don't think they are even capable of being effective in rough games like this....

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:24 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

The NHL has to suspend here.  HAS TO...Do you want to watch goons fumbling around the ice or Crosby, Ovechin and Gretzky's?...As I stated in a previous post...YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR STARS or the quality of the game decreases

I agree 100 percent.  The NHL not only has to suspend but it has to be for at least 3 or 4 games to send any message at all.   If they don't and Ovie or Crosby is in a similar situation next season their careers could end very abruptly ( Crosby's for sure) and the player that puts them out doesn't get suspended or only gets a game or two?  The NHL has to become way more consistent or it's gonna bite them in the ass down the road... just like a court of law there is precedent and eventually the league has to follow some basic rules and make cases like this a little easier to handle....

When Matt Cooke put Marc Savard out last year Savard didn't have the puck... he had just gotten rid of it as well... and he got destroyed... and regardless of what anybody says that hit is the main reason Savard's career is probably over a lot earlier then it should be....  Cooke, a repeat offender didn't get suspended but that hit was a big reason why the league started enforcing blind side hits this year....

Hopefully the league gets it right this time.... we'll see,,, we should know very soon. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:19 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

yeah maybe the Canucks do win the next two but blaming the Bruins for running up 8 goals is pathetic.You play the game for 60 minutes if the Canucks decide to lie down for the last 2 minutes that's their business but don't expect your opponent to do so.Maybe the "best goalkeeper in the NHL" might have tried to make a few saves.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:18 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

We'll see tough guy......You'll see who mans up if the league does nothing......Lucic already gave your boy Burrows a nice little wake up biach slap as an appetizer to whats coming up....unless they start acting like flopping little girls.'s YOUR team that needs to MAN up and make hits face to face like a man, instead of lifting off the ice and blindside elbow people behind the head, then turtle like a GIRL!.

US man up!?!?....Oh please, you wimpy frog.

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