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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

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Comments

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:10 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

I've reviewed the hit on Horton and because Rome intentionally lead with his elbow and then shoulder directly into the head of Horton in my opinion that was a cowardly and desparate act.  If there are no rules on those type of hits i can be assured that by next year there will be.  I hope suspension is one of the penalties.

All the negative comments that I've been reading are all from Vancouver, Canada.  Paying off the Referee's come on that's a childish retort.  You still lead the series 2-1 and only 3 teams in the history of hockey ever came back from an 0-2 and win.  Yes I am a Bruins Fan and a Die Hard all around Boston sports fan.  Our teams play their hearts out and give it there all with skill and perserverence.  Maybe you WINLESS STANLEY CUP CANUCKS SHOULD TRY IT SOMETIME.

Nathan Horton get better soon.  Poppyx6



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:10 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

skreffy - watch the replay again and you'll see that he also left his feet when making the hit, launching himself into the other player's head.  Now I'm no expert on the rules of hitting in hockey, but I'm pretty sure it's not legal to leave your feet when hitting another player on the side of the head.

Not only did he leave his feet but if anybody cares to watch the replay carefully you'll see Horton took at least 3 strides after he passed the puck and Rome clearly could have avoided that collision.  It wasn't a a "split second decision" as the Vancouver coaches like to say it was.. not even close.... he saw the guy with his head down... he knew the puck was gone.. he skated into him, left his feet and hit him in the head.  If that's not a suspension I don't know what is.. and it better be at least 3 or 4 games or the league is a joke.... I'm not a Boston fan or a Vancouver fan.... I am not a Horton fan and I don't have a problem with Rome, he was a good dman for the Canucks this year.. but enough is enough....the purpose of the new rule the NHL put in place was to get rid of hits like that.......... they better do something about it.. or like I said, the league is a joke.  If Rome doesn't get suspended for that hit and he plays again this series, I pray to God Lucic or better yet Chara wait until a game is out of hand and beat the living snot out of Rome to teach him a lesson...



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:00 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Spinachman is a loser sitting is his stained undies in a dark room ! Read his crap....knows nothing at all about hockey.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:59 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Do you even watch the hits in hockey ???? that was not a really bad hit....a bit late with an unfortunate result but get real. How about guys pay attention and keep their heads up to protect themselves when you go into an area where its dangerous ? 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. Hope he is ok.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:54 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Spinach man is a complete idiot.  There was no intent to injure.  There are worse hits in these playoffs.

Downie's hit comes to mind.





Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:54 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

A true tough guy move by Lucic..His parents were ashamed that he was such a fool. Sad to see a guy like Lucic act like a complete fool ! Company line I guess !



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:53 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

is this rollar ball if you deliberatly injured a player like than in any other sport you would be suspended at least half the season



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:51 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

oh nooooo....a tough guy !  lmao......who ran awy ?  what team leads the playoffs in hits by a long shot...Vancouver !! Nobody ran away !  Boston is a bunch of wanna be tough guys that are protected by the league....rmember daddy ran suspansions until right before the finals. Odd eh....dont want to look like daddy campbell is protecting his son and his team yet again. The bruins are the biggest joke going and should not even be in the finakls if not for daddy !



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:49 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

if he isnt suspended for the rest of the season then hockey is a joke its a joke anyway....



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:45 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

You are an idiot ! You are not allowed to hit at all in minor hockey in Canada until about the age of 12 you pinhead ! I hate people that say such stupid things....and we all know you are a bruins fan ! Get a life !


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