...for Vancouver Canuck Aaron Rome. That's the suspension he's been handed for the late hit he delivered to Boston Bruin Nathan Horton in the first period of last night's game. Rome was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct penalty, while Bruins' medical staff tended to Horton who lay motionless on the ice for several minutes. The injured player was taken off in a stretcher and brought to hospital. According to Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli, Horton will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup finals with a severe concussion sustained on the play.
"Two factors were considered in reaching this decision," said NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. "The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton released the puck, and it caused significant injury."
The Bruins went on to beat the Canucks 8 - 1 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Game 4 is scheduled for tomorrow night in Boston, with the series now at 2-1 in Vancouver's favour.
Do you think the hit marks a significant turning point in the finals?