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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: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:48 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

This is true too, the aftermath of most hits cause players to leave their feet.  Although Rome did target his head.
I'm not sure you can come to that conclusion as he didn't lead with his elbow or anything like that. Since Horton is leaning forward, his head and shoulder are the two things sticking out and thus hit when contact is made.

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.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:43 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.
Then get Horton and Lucic out of the league, they are goons, but talented.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:41 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.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:31 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

lol... if you are seriously comparing the two....

Bruins would top the list of dirty plays.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:30 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Bertuzzi...Rome..Vancouver. HMMMM. Maybe there is a pattern here. 



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:25 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Pause the video replay when contact is made.
1. Both skates are on the ice.
2. Horton is slightly crouched over / bent at the knees, making is head the same height as Rome's shoulder.
3. Rome's feet only leave the ice after contact is made, which is unavoidable.
4. Rome hit Horton in front of his shoulder, not the side or back.

The only problem with this hit is that it was late. Otherwise, it is a standard hockey check. Keep you head up and on a swivel when you enter the zone or this is what happens. If Horton isn't injured, no one is talking about it because this kind of hit happens 100 times during an NHL season. It is a part of hockey and always should be.
This is true too, the aftermath of most hits cause players to leave their feet.  Although Rome did target his head.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:24 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

How can any of you feel bad for Horton, he's done much worse and has put players in similar situations with worse hits.   Was it a dirty hit? Yeah.  Did Horton have it coming, abso-freaking-lutely.  Horton is one of the dirtiest hitters in the NHL.

Also, Bruins are despicable.  I expect the taunting crap from Lapierre, but Lucic and Recchi doing it after their coached called out the behaviour is pathetic.  League needs to get involved with that too.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:23 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Pause the video replay when contact is made.
1. Both skates are on the ice.
2. Horton is slightly crouched over / bent at the knees, making is head the same height as Rome's shoulder.
3. Rome's feet only leave the ice after contact is made, which is unavoidable.
4. Rome hit Horton in front of his shoulder, not the side or back.

The only problem with this hit is that it was late. Otherwise, it is a standard hockey check. Keep you head up and on a swivel when you enter the zone or this is what happens. If Horton isn't injured, no one is talking about it because this kind of hit happens 100 times during an NHL season. It is a part of hockey and always should be.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:16 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Scott Stevens would have killed him the way he did nothing to protect himself in that area....get real...do you watch the game and see the hits at the blue line ? Everyone ...well almost know to be aware in that area.

You are 100 percent wrong.  The Scott Stevens days are long gone... it is NOT a player's responsibility to protect himself in that situation.  If a player doesn't have the puck he can skate in that area with his head down and nobody can touch... that's the new rule in the NHL.. like it or not.  He didn't take one or two strides after the pass.. look at the replay... it was a minimum of three strides... Rome had no right to touch him let alone flatten him with a hit to the head.. he's going to get suspended for sure or like I already said, the league is a joke.... that being said the league has no choice at all.... that hit was exactly the reason why that new rule exists... Rome will pay....



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:14 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Redwings1969   You are absolutely right about Rome and his intentions when he crossed the ice to hit Horton.  Was in his head all the way.  Wanted to catch him not looking. 


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