Tag:Nathan Horton
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:55 am

Daily Skate: B's Nathan Horton 'back to normal'

By Brian Stubits

HORTON NO LONGER HURTIN': In just his first postseason of his career, Nathan Horton seemed to be building a reputation as a playoff performer before he went down on a huge hit from Aaron Rome in the Stanley Cup Final that led to a concussion. But now Horton is feeling significantly better and says he's symptom free (from ESPN Boston). "I feel pretty good. I don't have any headaches. I'm back to normal and I'm excited to start playing again," Horton said. "It just takes some time and we had a little time to take off and I just feel like myself. I can't really tell you the timetable but it was really quick and I feel good."

FINE WITH FACEOFFS: The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't been the best team in the NHL over the years, but one area where they have been good is in the faceoff circle. They have a host of guys who are better than 50 percent on the draw. The Jackets Cannon blog talks about what that can do for the team beyond puck possession.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Predatorial blog had some extra time on its hands so it decided to take a look at how teams fared on Saturday nights last season. Surprisingly, the worst record in the league (of teams that made the playoffs) was the Bruins, who won just 33 percent of their games. The best record of non-playoff teams? The Panthers, with a nice 58.8 winning percentage. Take a look at all the numbers for yourself.

NAME GAME: The San Jose Sharks have a new member on the blue line in Brent Burns, so naturally it's time to come up with some names for the defensive pairings. The Battle of California blog took its stab at names. The best of the bunch is for the pairing of Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Picklesnake.

ARIZONA STATE HOCKEY: Who says the Coyotes haven't made an impact in the desert? The Arizona State University Sun Devils are ramping up for another season of hockey as they chase a national championship (note: it is not a varsity sport, so the competition isn't the the heavyweights of college hockey).

QUEBEC COMEBACK: The push to get hockey to return to Quebec City continues. Now that Winnipeg has the Jets back, Nordiques fans are still hoping for the same. Here's a video making their case (and eyeing the Coyotes franchise as the prey).

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:39 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:33 pm

Daily Skate: Joe Sakic sinks hole-in-1

By: Adam Gretz

During his playing days in the NHL Joe Sakic was consistently one of the best players in the league, and finished No. 8 on the all-time points list. As he demonstrated over the weekend, he's a pretty good golfer, too. During the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Sakic aced the Par-3 17th hole, and in the process, won $1 million from the tournament sponsor. Sakic keeps $500,000, with the rest of the money going to Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation for cancer research. USA Today has the story, as well as some quotes from Sakic. Here's video of the shot (via Puck Daddy).

MORE ON HORTON'S CUP ADVENTURE: DJ Bean from WEEI's Big Bad Blog has some updates on what exactly happened to the Stanley Cup before Nathan Horton could start spending his day with it. According to Bean, a JetBlue representative said the Cup missed its regularly scheduled 8 A.M. flight because it missed its 30-minute check-in time by seven minutes. It then had to take a later flight. So, again, the Stanley Cup was never lost. It was simply late. 

MORE PROSPECT SHOOTOUT MAGIC: On Saturday night we showed you New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome scoring a beautiful goal during the teams blue-and-white scrimmage, but he wasn't the only youngster showing off some moves over the weekend. The Minnesota Wild held its prospect development camp as well, and here's a look at Mikael Granlund, the Wild's first-round pick in 2010, using the move made famous by Peter Forsberg during the 1994 Winter Olympics...

Sam Lofquist followed that up on Sunday by adding a little twist to that move, which you can check out by clicking right here.

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnhl and @agretz on Twitter.

Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 5:12 pm

Nathan Horton's Stanley Cup delay

By: Adam Gretz

Every member of the Stanley Cup winning team gets to spend a day with hockey's ultimate prize, and if the 35-pound trophy could talk, it would probably have some amazing stories (and some forgettable ones -- like the time Kris Draper's kid "pooped in it"). On Sunday morning there was a concern that the Cup was actually lost in Boston before it could be handed off to Bruins forward Nathan Horton.

Horton was supposed to pick up the Cup in Buffalo and take it to Dunnville, Ontario for a parade, only to have it not arrive on time.

From there, Horton's wife, model Tammy Plante-Horton, went to the Twitter machine and announced that the cup was lost, before later following it by saying the "cup guy" was late to his flight and didn't get it on the plane on time.

Horton eventually arrived at the celebration in Ontario according to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, but without the Cup. So, no, the Stanley Cup was not lost, it was simply late in arriving, which seems like it will shorton the amount of time Horton will get to spend with it.

In the end, it kind of make that Discover Card commercial seem a little more realistic, doesn't it?

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnhl and @agretz on Twitter.

Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 1:54 am

Nathan Horton tosses on some home-ice advantage

VANCOUVER --- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton may have solved his team’s road woes a couple hours before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Horton squirted a bottle full of melted ice from the Bruins’ TD Garden on the Rogers Arena ice surface, where the Bruins had failed to win in their three prior attempts before Wednesday’s 4-0 victory.

“We wanted to put that on their ice to make it our ice,” said Horton, who was forced of the series in Game 3 with a concussion. “I tried to be sneaky about it, but I guess I got caught.”

Horton was around the team all day Wednesday, well before he donned his hockey gear to join in the celebration. 

“Nathan was part of it,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “The players wanted him to be part of it.”

Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome delivered the hit that knocked Horton from the series. Rome was given a five-minute major, ejected and later suspended for the duration of the Finals. 

Julien said the collision that put the Bruins' most clutch scorer on a stretcher and then in a Boston area hosptial turned into a rallying point. The game was scoreless at the time and the Bruins had already dropped the first two games of the Finals. 

“Absolutely,” Julie said. “I said, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Our guys responded.”

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin disagreed, saying there was “not a chance” the collision turned the series around for the Bruins. 

-- A.J. Perez

Posted on: June 14, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 10:33 pm

Horton (and his gear) make trip to Vancouver

Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton is in Vancouver and his equipment hung from his stall for Tuesday’s practice at Rogers Arena,  but coach Claude Julien said not to read much into that.

“That's something the guys wanted to do,” Julien said. “They wanted him to be part of our group here. Until the third game of the Final, he was a big contributor to our hockey club. If the doctors would let him, he would play tomorrow and we all know that that's the way he feels right now.”

Horton suffered a severe concussion in Game 3, a collision that resulted in the four-game suspension of Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. He returned to TD Garden on Monday night where he received a standing ovation when he was shown on the video screen.

Julien said Horton, who the Bruins said last week would miss the remainder of the playoffs, still has not been cleared by doctors to return.

“He wants to play so badly, he would be willing to play through that,” Julien said. “So when a guy has that approach and has that will to want to do that for his team and teammates, the least you can do is honor him in your own way.”

Horton would likely be allowed to don his gear and join the Bruins for the team’s on-ice victory celebration if they win the Cup, not that the team will cop to thinking that far ahead. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said the team is just happy to have Horton around .

“He's a positive guy,” Thomas said. “His joy for the game and life is kind of like a little kid, and that's a great thing and I personally feed off of that. So I was happy to see him today.”

-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 8:19 pm

Replacing Horton's production no easy task

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
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 3:03 am

Horton delivering first time on biggest stage

It took seven seasons. Perhaps it took the bright lights of the big postseason stage. Or maybe it was just a better supporting cast.

Whatever the answer, the end result is that Nathan Horton has finally begun to show the promise and top-level potential that was seen in him. Because it was Horton, a newcomer to Boston this season, who finished the crazy best-of-7 series vs. the Canadiens with an overtime winner. It was also him who ended Game 5 in double overtime.

Yes, the winger is stepping into the spotlight in his first time on the stage. For years he was lost in hockey purgatory, a.k.a. Florida.

Only once did the Panthers come close to the playoffs, finishing in an eighth-place tie with the Canadiens but losing on a tie-breaker. So perhaps this was some sort of revenge. Doubtful. His memories from his cellar-dwelling days are likely gone. That tends to happen when you move on up to the penthouse that is Beantown for your hockey home.

And, perhaps unfairly, Horton was always seen as bit of an underachiever for the Panthers, somewhat a victim of the high expectations, somewhat of being seen as the most talented player on a constantly underachieving team. He had flashes in his time with the 'Cats, but most felt he was capable of so much more, that he just needed to get out of the losing environment and with some better teammates. Then, many said, he'd flourish.

Well, this is a start. Horton's numbers this season didn't surpass what he had put up in Florida. His 26 goals this season were five below his career high of 31 in 2006-2007. But the weight of his latest goals is something he's never put up before.

"It’s been good [to watch], obviously, when you score two overtime goals in the series. You understand how big a piece of the puzzle he’s been for this hockey club. He had a really good start in the first month [of the season], then he cooled down a little bit," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Game 7. "But what I saw from Nathan from the half-point on until the end was a guy who became a lot more consistent in his game. His preparation was good, whether he scored or not, he was battling. He played hard. I think he’s really grown a lot in the second half."

I'd say so. And it can't be lost on the man coaching on the other bench, Jacques Martin. The Habs coach was behind the Panthers bench for much of Horton's time there before moving into the general manager's chair.

"Right now scoring those two big goals, [which] he’s been saving those for seven years, right?" Julien said. "He has a lot of winning goals in him."

Boston can only hope.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:56 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 4:21 am

Morning skate 3-2-11: Quick payoffs

Jason Arnott assisted on the equalizer for the Washington Capitals with 48 seconds left in regulation. Rostislav Klesla’s helper was part of the Phoenix Coyotes’ late run. Scottie Upshall forced OT with a second-period goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets

Overall, several deadline day acquisitions made immediate impacts as they donned new sweaters on Tuesday. That’s not even counting Brad Boyes (power-play goal for the Buffalo Sabres) and Cory Stillman (goal and an assist for the Carolina Hurricanes), both acquired days before Monday’s deadline who also contributed to their new teams. (OK, it was also for an old team in Stillman’s case.)

Here’s a breakdown of the highlights: 

GREAT 8 RESURFACES: No, not the ice -- even if Alex Ovechkin has blended into the background during some games as much as your average Zamboni driver this season. Ovechkin, who is almost certain to finish with a career low in goals, scored his 25th of the season -- and quietly his league-leading ninth game-winning goal -- in overtime to send the Caps to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders. (He also had a secondary assist on Brooks Laich’s goal in the final minute of regulation.) Nathan Lawson, playing his ninth NHL game, made a game-high 40 saves before Ovechkin made a stellar deke 1:55 into the extra period. Here’s the video: 

DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE DESERT: The Phoenix Coyotes’ rally from two goals down late in the third period against the division rival Dallas Stars sputtered not long after Ray Whitney tied the game with 38 seconds left. Radim Vrbata took a hooking penalty – an infraction Stars forward Mike Ribeiro made sure the refs didn’t miss -- with 13 seconds left in regulation. Jamie Benn then scored with five seconds left in regulation (video below) as the Stars moved up two slots in the standings with those vital two points via the 3-2 victory. 

Bruins’ PERFECT FINISH: The Boston Bruins wrapped up their first 6-0 trip since Bobby Orr roamed the blue line with a 1-0 victory in Ottawa. (That 1972 season was also the last time Boston hoisted the Stanley Cup.) Nathan Horton banged in the game’s lone goal early in the third period for the Bruins, who were called “spaghetti-legged” by CSN Boston’s Joe Haggerty. Tuukka Rask, who won his fourth consecutive game, made 33 saves in the shutout. 

LINE CHANGES: Buffalo Sabers goalie Ryan Miller has appeared more locked than at any point this season, which doesn’t bode well for teams vying for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Miller stopped 29 shots in the Sabres’ 3-2 victory over the host New York Rangers --- the seventh consecutive game he’s given up two or fewer goals. Entering play Wednesday, the Sabres are a point behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East and Buffalo has two games in hand. . . . In a night that featured eight one-goal games and one two-goal game that included an empty-netter, no contest went as long as Columbus Blue Jackets-Vancouver Canucks. Roberto Luongo, who has been knocked previously for his play in the shootouts, earned a 2-1 decision after an eight-round shootout. . . . The San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers also won in shootouts. The nod for the snazziest goal in the post-overtime portion goes Edmonton’s Linus Omark. Here's a look: 

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