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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: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:28 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

IT is always a players responsible to protect themselves...



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:03 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

I like Thorton & Lucci a lot but these two  have to pick his spots better....



Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:47 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Perfect hit.

Too bad the dude is hurt though. This hit is no different than the many other fraction of a second too late hits in the past, Kariya getting destroyed by Stevens comes to mind as most recent in my memory but theres been many many more. I  can`t think of a
more recent because the wishy washy`àlways changing`` subjective `rules`turned me away from being a regular everday watching fan about 6 years ago.

The NFL at least attempts to protect the most susceptiable in football.....the QB.....the NHL should be ashamed of itself for not protecting the most important part of the league. The players! All the Players! Not just the best players ! All players! Skate blades, higher speed, sticks with curved blades, slippery surface, solid boards in play area...........c`mon man!

I dont give a "/*? if u like Crosby or not but the elbow he took at that outdoor game months ago was absurd. He probably has bleeding inside his brain (what if that was you reader, and dont give me some Crosbys a baby BS) If Hull Grez Mario Ovec Jagr You or ur Daddy took a shot like that you`d be F`d up too. arguable the best player alive hasnt playd since that elbow and what was the penalty for it.....5,6 games....i really dont know the penalty coz i cant stand the inconsistance of it all so i honestly dont know what it was but i bet my life it was less than 10 games. Such a joke!  


NHL disciplinary commitee itself is a joke. Suspend the next 5 players who attempt to injury (coz its obvious when they do
)  as a lifetime suspension form the league.. Sendm the message!

`m so tired of hearing about `players nowadays have no respec`t for opponent`....FORCE THE RESPECT! THATS UR JOB NHL OFFICALS!
Make clear rules and enforce them consistently otherwise your league will continue to be a joke.

If the NHL doesnt take a tougher stand against abuse against its own players, they are biting the hand that feeds>! Wake up !
  

  



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:40 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

LATE
BLINDSIDE and
LEFT HIS FEET
Long suspension coming!!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:54 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Moron.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:34 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Actually it's approximately one second from the time the puck left his stick to the time he was hit. The time just turns :02 when the puck leaves his stick and just turns :03 when he is hit. To call that anything more than "a little late" is exaggerating.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:07 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Its not "a little late."  He passes as he leaves the center "B" and gets hit 2-3 strides later at the blue line.  He also gets hit from the side.
It was more than one second but less than two seconds from the time it left his stick to the time of the hit. That is "a little late".

Watch it in full speed:



Rome came from the side but hit him in the front. Yes, it is late and borderline blindside, but it's not THAT bad. Again, if Horton has his head up like all hockey players are taught to do when they enter the zone, none of this happens.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:59 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision


Any argument about Horton's past hits is irrelevant, this discussion is about this specific incident.
Sure it is.

This is the modern equivilant of Domi on Samuelsson.

Well deserved retribution that has been a long time coming.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:55 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

And your comments make your biases are apparent.  Hockey doesn't need blindside hits, concussions, life-threatening injuries.  It needs that crap cleaned up and the NHL should clear the rosters of Goons - PERIOD.  I love a good clean, crisp, checking, back checking game.  That his was NONE of those.
It was somewhat of a blindside hit, but Horton has plenty of time to see him, especially given how late it was.

Other than that, it was a standard body check. The fact that Horton wasn't looking is what made it worse than it should have been.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:54 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Its not "a little late."  He passes as he leaves the center "B" and gets hit 2-3 strides later at the blue line.  He also gets hit from the side.

Any argument about Horton's past hits is irrelevant, this discussion is about this specific incident. 

Also sick of Canucks flopping.  This isnt soccer or basketball.

 


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