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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 

Comments

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:34 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

If this hit happens one second earlier, it is perfectly legal, even under the new system, IMO. Definitely not a suspendable offense. Yes, Horton, as well as all other hockey players, have a responsibility to defend themselves. You can't just roll out the red carpet and let them enter the zone unimpeded just because they aren't looking directly at you.

If the hit happens one second earlier, it happens BEFORE Horton makes the pass, so it's definitley not interference, and perfectly legal.  The NHL studies incidents like these by slowing the replay down into digital frames; there's 30 digital frames per second.  Rome makes contact on the 28th frame, @ .97 seconds after the pass.  Rule of thumb is that anything over 0.50 seconds is late, so it was interference.  But less than a second is a lot differnet from the "2-3" seconds I keep reading in these comments.

And, yes, it would have been a better idea if Horton had decided to maybe take a look straight ahead rather than left the whole time.  But, I guess that's the only way to be "blindsided" by someone directly in front of your right shoulder!




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:34 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

 If Vancouver says it's clean OK lets play it that way..  You will see the whimpy Sadin brothers sprinting off the ice including Burrows before they get hit.  They want no part of that at all..  By the way the Thorton ejection was absolutely horrible.  We wanted redemption and the league said we will stop it before you can.

If Rome doesn't get suspended they are asking for the Sedin twins to be hurt badly...... and honestly, who would blame the Bruins? Normally I don't agree with head hunting or hurting the other team's best players but if the league doesn't suspend Rome they are saying it's ok.  They are saying that leaving your skates and levelling a player that isn't looking and that doesn't have the puck is ok.  If that's the case, the twins are in huge trouble the rest of this series...  and if they aren't effective and if Kesler and Burrows are mucking it up and spending time in the penalty box then Boston just might become only the 5th team in NHL history to come back from an 0-2 deficit.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:34 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

what do you mean it wasnt clean 20 years ago, it was clean less than 10 years ago.  Scott Steven on Paul Kariya was even later, bigger weight differental and on Anaheims BEST player....Horton isnt even bostons second best player.  That hit didnt even get a penalty and was touted as a great hit and a major game changer.




Ummmm wrong. It has never been clean to hit someone that late. I will have to find that Stevens-Kariya hit to see if it is compareable but like I said this hit was very later. Horton passed the puck and then took two full strides w/o the puck before getting blindsided. Yes I wish his head had been up,if it had then Rome would not have bothered to do what did. It was cheap it was dirty and it was late.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:30 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Wow people. Please stop comparing this to Horton spraying water and Burrows biting. They are three different and seperate infractions. I mean seriously. It is like 3 seperate guys getting ticketed for three different offenses , lets say jaywalking, petty larceny and grand larceny and you expect all three to get the same punishment? Stop being fools. With the league going the way it is I have no idea what they will do with Rome. He deserves a suspension but will he get it? Who knows. The NHL may screw up (again) and not find conclusive evidence of a dirty hit, the NHL may realize how moronic the Burrows incident was and go overboard and take him out for the series (I dont think so,but it could happen). Lastly they may go in between trying to be reasonable and give him a 1-2 game ban. We do not have any idea,same as the players which is exactly why this crap will keep happening until the NHL stops being a bag of tools and starts being consistent.  It is just crazy though to see everyone comparing the punishments or lack of, to incident. Like I said (for those not smart enough to comprehend) they are 3 seperate and different incidents, stop comparing them.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:25 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Allright Twisted mofo........Let's use your "twisted" analogy......So when one of the Sendins get strolled out on a strecher in game 4, we can blame the cowardly biting incident on Bergeron right?!......tool.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:19 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

By the way the Thorton ejection was absolutely horrible.
Agreed.  Didnt matter much, and they just werer avoiding a donnybrook.... but it was pretty limpwristed.

However,  If Thornton doesnt come in with that check against the glass, and then run his mouth to the bench.... MAYBE the Rome hit never happens.  Just sayin.



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:18 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

what do you mean it wasnt clean 20 years ago, it was clean less than 10 years ago.  Scott Steven on Paul Kariya was even later, bigger weight differental and on Anaheims BEST player....Horton isnt even bostons second best player.  That hit didnt even get a penalty and was touted as a great hit and a major game changer.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:17 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

<span style="color: #000000;">If they don't suspend this guy, then if i was one of the Sendins, I'd be CRAPPING myself because it's EVEDENT that the league has no balls at all to handle these situations correctly, just look at the whiplash from not doing anything about the biting incident....It's a freaking circus out there now!
After this cheapshot I'll guarentee that the Bruins have the the saying of "If the league won't police this, then WE will on the ice, and you can say good bye to one of Sendins......Eye for an eye baby!
You don't like it?!?.....then let the big dogs play and stay on the porch!!




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:16 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

typical boston and bruins fan... crying about a hit because it happened to them.. No wonder why Boston nauseates me!



Wow I was way wrong. I just automatically assumed after a silly comment like this that the conversation was so far over your head that it confused you and made you nauseated. All this time is was just Boston and Bruins fans discussing a play in the game. A dirty,cheap late hit. Sheesh, sorry common sense makes you sick. Now run along and go back to bed little tool.




Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:16 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Go back to the videotape my friend.

Three differences:

1-Kariya was facing Stevens when he got hit. Rome's hit was from the side with Horton looking the other way.
2-Stevens hit Kariya in the chest. Rome's hit was to the side of the head.
3-Stevens never left the ice while delivering the hit. Both of Rome's skates are clearly in the air during the hit, launching yourself off the ice into another player I believe is illegal.



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