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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: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:14 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

5 and a game is enough. shouldn't be a suspension.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:10 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

AGREE!!  This has been a fantastic series and now Mr. Meatball needs to pull this shizzle.  Should be done for the series!!

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:06 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

That was a great hit. Im not sure what all the fuss is about. It is hockey. I love it. It it exactly what we are taught by our coaches and peers.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:16 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

YellScoring 8 goals was a start,now it's time to put the HANSON BROTHERS out thier and put theirs in the hospital.if they take cheap shots to the head you go for the groin they slash your legs you slash thier arms,and if they cut one of you well then you send on off their's to the Morgue.THAT'S THE BRUINS WAY.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:11 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

THat was not clean at all.  He jumped to make sure he hit him in the head.  This will make all the goons out there angry and all the hockey purists but I want to see Horton, Crosby, Bergeron, Savard, etc...out there playing.  Hockey is losing its stars to these type of plays and like in football it is time to protect your stars.  The people listed above put people in the seats.  I know it is whimpy and "its part of the game"  but ask Pittsburgh if they like that part of the game?  Blows to the head have to be completely eliminated from the game with no exceptions.  I thought Horton was dead.  He jumped to make sure he hit him in the head.  You have to protect against this type of play.  It is as serious if not more than the boarding rule.  I thought Chara's hit earlier in the season was an accident but still very punishable and a way to say "always know where you are and what you are doing"  Reckless lauching of the body is unsafe and I don't watch to see guys blowing snot bubbles hoping they are alive.  Protect your stars...THink I am wrong?  Who would you rather watch?  Peyton Manning or Curtis Painter?  Tom Brady or Brain Hoyer?  Drew brees or Chase Daniels?  See where I am going?  I want to see stars and not goons take out stars.  Tickets are too damn expensive and I want to see Crosby, Ovechin and not, well, whoever

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:31 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Would like to remind everyone who thinks there should be a suspention coming for Aaron Rome, that there was only 1 other 5+GM for interference this year and it happened to be the hit Zdeno Chara had on Max Pacioretty.  This hit which was even more late and with even more intent to injure let to no suspention for the Bruin's big defencemen.  You can go on about how they should be making an example since its on the biggest stage of hockey but you should also take into consideration the lack of suspention of Chara when making your arguments for why it should be a suspention.  Rome was escorted off the ice with his 5+GM and that is more than enough.  I agree that the hit was a bad hit but a bulk of the injury looks to be coming off of Horton's head contacting the ice.  It's a contact sport and yes the league should be doing everything to get injuries out of hockey but its part of the game and the only way to get injuries out would be to remove hitting completely (which then nobody would want to see the games anyway)

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:09 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

By the way, all this discussion about whether the hit was late are not the issue.  It doesn't look to be particularly late at all, but the real point is that the hit to the head was deliberate.  Look closely at Rome as he makes the hit.  He rises up to propel himself higher so that his shoulder can deliberately make a direct hit to the head.  That's what makes this a goon play - and inexcuseable, no matter which team you are rooting for.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:03 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

I'm a Canucks fan, but that was a vicious, shoulder-to-the-head hit that was obviously deliberate.  How can anyone watch the replay and think anything else!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:49 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

that was a good clean hit, a little late, but clean

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:43 am

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Recchi trying to stick his finger in Lapierre's mouth was so Bruin tough!  

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