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Replacing Horton's production no easy task

Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 8:19 pm
 
BOSTON --- Rookie Tyler Seguin replaced injured Nathan Horton in the lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, but Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said it’s not easy to supplant the lost production

“It's going to take everybody to play well again, not just because Nathan is out of our lineup,” Julien said. ‘That's what it's going to take to beat this team. We've known that from the start.”

Seven different Bruins scored in Monday’s 8-1 victory and all the goals were tallied after Horton was knocked from the game --- and the series --- with a severe concussion early in the first period after a check from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome. Horton is tied for the second-most playoff points (17) among the Bruins.

“Obviously, you can’t replace a guy like Horts,” Seguin said “Everyone just has to step up, just like when Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] was out. All the guys had to step up even more and that’s just what everyone is going to ask out of each other for tonight’s game.”

Seguin, 19, first cracked the Bruins' postseason lineup in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning as Bergeron recovered from a concussion. Seguin scored six points (three goals, three assists) in the first two games of that series, but has failed to net a point since. Shawn Thornton replaced Seguin in the lineup for Monday’s game.

Seguin said he tried to absorb as much from coaches and others as he sat for Game 3.

“I think you kind of can figure it out and know what you are doing wrong, what you are doing right and what you need to stay consistent,” Seguin said.

The Canucks inserted Keith Ballard in place of Rome, who was suspended for the duration of the Finals by the league on Tuesday for the hit on Horton.

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Replacing Horton's production no easy task

Apparently replacing Horton's production not as big an issue as first thought....


little ceasars
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Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:40 pm
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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Replacing Horton's production no easy task

C'mon Bruins. Give yourself and Bruins fans, and Espo, And Bucyk, Jonathan, and Orr, and Don Cherry the best 72 hours you can muster. Win tonight and Friday, then you can come home and close it out, and get your rest for the summer with Lord Stanley, and those great big  smiles that Horton, and Lucic, and Thomas possess. Speaking of possess, and Thomas, he is playing like a man possessed.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Replacing Horton's production no easy task

Actually I did read Horton's lips, and he was saying " Let me get up". same diff. Anyway, I said after the game Rome would get 4 games. The thing is if he was a reliable defenseman this could be significant. Much more important than people realize, especially if it gets drawn out into a long series. The reason being, and so far I am the only one who has talked about it is Defense is more important a job in hockey than forward. One of the Defenseman is in effect, your point guard in basketball. Your floor general if you will. You have to have a reliable man to start your offense, and be a backstop back there, as well as many other duties including protecting your goalie, and in the old days, protecting your forwards ala Larry Robinson of the ol Montreal Canadiens. Much of hockey has changed, as rules changed, but some things stay the same. One is the duties of your defenseman. Oh, I do know you have some offensive minded defenseman who will join the rush but those are far and few between. Mostly you have what is known as stay at home defenseman who don turn the puck over, and defend the crease, and the zone.
    If your forwards start second-guessing because they are worried about the defense, then a team like Vancouver cannot open up and skate like Vancouver does. If they are worried about getting back they lose some creativity , and finesse in their game. You cannot do that on the fly, especially with the Canuck's speed. Now Henrik Sedin says if they lose tonight they are in trouble. Down to the last game he says with a smile. That tells me right there the Sedins don't take it life and death serious, like the rest of us Canadians. With Burrows, and Lapierre ( 2 spineless French Canadians that don't deserve to be called Canadians, and the Sedins ), well, if the Bruins win tonight, it will be series on. Canada is,is going to be, and always was the greates nation on the planet, and has the toughest, if not the best hockey players their is, that is something the Bruins display with pride. They have the most Canadians of any team in the NHL. They are my Canada's team. All other nations pale miserably in comparison to the great white north. Go Canada Go, Go Bruins Go.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Replacing Horton's production no easy task

The Bruins aren't about one line..... somebody different contributes all of the time... their offense isn't their strong point anyway... it's D and their goalie that gets the job done..... unless something happens and the twins start playing hockey this series might be going back to Vancouver tied at 2 games a piece.... and then only God knows what's gonna happen...  I'm looking forward to a good game...



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Replacing Horton's production no easy task

Go Bruins! Having not seen much of the Canucks prior to this series, I couldn't really figure out why they were such a hated team around the league. Now I know why. They are the whiniest bitchiest team I've ever seen. Today that A-Hole vigneault was complaining about Thomas's hit on Sedin.. (even though Sedin waltzed right into the crease. GO B's Kick the crap out of the Canucks and keep the Cup in the States where it's been since 93!


little ceasars
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Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:46 pm
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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Replacing Horton's production no easy task

This will be the most amazing team in sports history if they can puil it off. Losing Savard, and Horton and being here in itself is just short of a miracle. Those are Boston's 2 best players. Remove Wade, and James of the Miami Heat. Ben Rothlisberger, and Pomalalu from the Steelers. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid from the hole in the Wall gang. Lennon and Mccartney from the Beatles. Well, you get my drift. Boston has been to hell and back in this years playoffs, losing Patrice Bergeron early to a concussion. He is one of Boston's best players. They've lost Savard for the season as a result of a concusion. Now they face down the best team in the league. Maybe one of the best teams to win the regular season for many years. Two words come to mind here...Three hundred. Win or lose being knocked down in the playoffs before ( they were 0-2 to Montreal, and 0-1 to Tampa ), getting their best players knocked out, bloodied, and black and blue, Boston asks with a smile, " Hit me again", and when 'they' do, the Bruins ask if thats all you got ? Like the Spartans of 300 this Bruin team will not vanquish without a fight, and without a body count be it their own, or others. This is my team, and I'm damn proud of them. I don't think they can win the series with what they are up against, but I will enjoy watching them battle til the last puck is dropped.


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