Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Horton under watch at local hospital

Categories: Boston Bruins, VAN vs. BOS, Vancouver Canucks

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Nathan Horton was stretchered off the ice after a devastating hit from Aaron Rome.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Nathan Horton was stretchered off the ice after a devastating hit from Aaron Rome. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
While his teammates went home after an 8-1 Game 3 thrashing of the Canucks on Monday, Boston's Nathan Horton spent the night at Massachusetts General Hospital. According to the Bruins, Horton was moving all his extremities.

At 5:07 of the first period, Vancouver's Aaron Rome walloped Horton at the Canuck blue-line. Horton landed on the back of his head and fell to the ice, his right arm sticking up in a sickly manner.

Horton was treated for approximately 10 minutes on the ice, where medical staff wrapped tape around his legs. They also taped his head to a stretcher and wheeled him from the ice.

"You could tell he had his bell rung a bit," linemate Milan Lucic said. "He's a tough guy. He's a warrior. He's been one of, if not our best forward throughout the playoffs. It was good to hear in the first intermission that he was doing OK. It definitely was something that he would have wanted -- for us to step up and get that win for him."

On the play, Horton had passed the puck to Lucic on his left. As Horton crossed over the blue-line, Rome closed on the forward and caught him unaware.

"We talk about it all the time as players. That's the [expletive] that we've got to get out of the game," Lucic said. "Head shots. Blind side. That's what the rule's there for. I got to see the replay. I don't think that stuff is warranted.

"That's on us as players. It's out of our hands now. But I think it needs to be addressed. There's too many of those things going on in this league as far as I'm concerned."

Rome was called for a five-minute interference major and a game misconduct. The league is reviewing the hit. Mike Murphy, senior vice president of hockey operations, will make the final call on whether Rome will face supplemental discipline.

Rome is considered a hard-nosed player but a clean one. However, even his coach Alain Vigneault acknowledged the hit was late. And now, Bruins coach Claude Julien might be without his No. 1 right wing for an indefinite time.

"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 blind side. Whether it's through the motion of the hit, it appeared he left his feet a little bit.

"That's my view on it. I'm not going to comment more than that. I say what I always say: 'Let the league take care of it.' We're trying to clean that out. Let's see where they go with that."

Seguin scratched, possibly back in for Game 4


Tyler Seguin took warmups in his usual spot as the right wing on the third line. But Seguin was a healthy scratch for the first time since the second round against Philadelphia. Seguin had played in all seven games against Tampa Bay and in the first two games of the final.

Seguin blew up for two goals and two assists in the second period of Game 2 against the Lightning. But Seguin hadn't scored a point since then. In the 3-2 Game 2 overtime loss, Seguin submitted zeroes across the scoresheet.

For Game 3, Seguin was scratched in favor of Shawn Thornton, who hadn't played since Game 2 of the previous round. Rich Peverley took Seguin's spot on the third line. Thornton was back on the fourth line alongside Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell.

Thornton played only 5:50, but drew a hooking penalty on Jeff Tambellini that led to Andrew Ference's power-play goal in the second.

"I thought he was awesome tonight," teammate Mark Recchi said. "He has a physical, veteran presence. He's won a Cup before. He knows what it takes. He's a great leader in the dressing room. He's a big guy that can skate well. He gets in on the forecheck.

"He's a presence, and that's important. When you have a big, physical team on the other side like that, you've got to match that. Thorty came in and played a heck of a game for us."

Thornton also gave the fourth line some much-needed identity. Paille scored a goal and an assist, but also connected with five hits. Campbell had a shot and four hits.

Lucic, Burrows exchange greetings

At 11:16 of the third period, Milan Lucic and Alex Burrows got to know each other. According to Lucic, Burrows slashed Tim Thomas on the hand, which sparked the tangle.

Lucic was called for slashing, roughing, and a 10-minute misconduct. During the scrum, Lucic removed his right glove and waved his fingers in front of Burrows's face. Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron's right index finger in Game 1.

"I don't want that stuff in our game," Julien said of Lucic's actions. "I think we have to be better than that. Emotions are running high. It was a very physical game. There was a lot of stuff going on. You can live with that kind of stuff. But the other stuff, I don't want to see."

In Game 2, Maxim Lapierre taunted Bergeron in a similar manner. Lapierre waggled his finger in Bergeron's face.

"It's something this team isn't about and I'm not about," Lucic said. "It's definitely a classless move. Claude talked about it. He definitely gave me some heat after the game about it. You regret doing it. But in the heat of the moment type of thing, things like that will happen."