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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
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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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:40 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:47 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

"A written rule is a written rule."

I agree (as I've already stated), but if that's your gripe, your problem is with the NHL. Unless you expected Horton to suspend himself. Tongue out

I think he got far more than "what he deserved" but whatever. Remember, it was an empty plastic water bottle. If a severe concussion is what he deserved, I'm real glad you're not in charge of our justice system! lol

PS - Thanks.....I'll pass on the beer and grab something else. lol

PPS - I'll chill out as soon as this series is over. These playoffs have been stressful as hell!

PPPS - Series ain't over until one team wins 4 games. Wink



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

A written rule is a written rule. They should all be followed. Not taking pleasure just saying he got what he deserved. He's a cocky punk and someone didn't like it anymore. Did i want to see him get hurt of course not but did i enjoy it just a little bit... maybe. anyways lets see what tonight brings. Boston better win or series over.


P.S.  grab a bizeer and chizzille out bizona



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Okay, whatever. I still think you're over-reacting and should get over Bottlegate. I mean, really, a little water and an empty bottle to the gut. The fan was in no way hurt or injured. Yes, Horton should have been suspended just for getting into it with a fan. But really, have you never done anything you regret? Have you never done something completely stupid? Have you never given into your emotions and overreacted to something?

(Don't worry about that last question.....you've already answered repeatedly. Taking pleasure in a guy getting a serious concussion because he threw an empty water bottle at someone is a complete over-reaction of epic proportions.)

Maybe I'm overreacting and shouldn't even care, but I can't help it....it bothers me when sports fans take pleasure in a player being injured or hurt. These guys are people....human beings who are someone's son, brother, uncle or father. Maybe I should, like you said, get over it, but people who take pleasure in another person's injury really have let their sports grudges go too far. Maybe they need to gain some perspective by experiencing the same kind of injury to find out firsthand just how (un)funny it is.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:43 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Im a Blackhawks fan just live in Tampa. Check all my post never once did i mention class or respect and why would i on CBS comment section.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:59 am
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Bitter Balls, I believe it is you who has something to get over. You talk about walking the walk and talking the talk.....well, you talk a lot about class and respect and display absolutely none. It seems you have two things to get over.....your Lightning losing and yourself.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

You are 100 percent wrong.  The Scott Stevens days are long gone... it is NOT a player's responsibility to protect himself in that situation.



of course not...why should one be responsible for his actions.....if you want to check out how great a pass you just made and get blown up its not your fault....you know what....bank robbers shouldnt be blamed because the bank was begging to get robbed....also i think most murderers are misunderstood....they were clearly being violated in some fashion by their victim....i think ill drink a case of beer and go cruising....its not my responsibility to keep other people off the road when im drunk driving.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Get over it Bizona. He wants to walk the walk and talk the talk better keep your head up and stop admiring your 4 foot pass.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Bruins' Horton hospitalized after collision

Get these jerks out of the game. Let's start handing out 20-game suspensions for head shots so players will get the message LOUD and CLEAR. Crosby is already destined for early retirement -- as we let these bottom-feeders take down the best players in the game. Which superstar is next? 

I had an idea a long time ago.... 20 games for your first offence... 40 for the 2nd offence and a full season suspension for strike 3.  Then and only then will these buffoons get it....  you hit them right in the pocket book where it counts the most.  I betcha after a 2nd offence nobody is going to take a chance of losing a complete season....  and for good measure fine the owner of the team as well at the same time as the player gets suspended.. something like 250 thousand for a first offence, 1 million dollars for a second and 3 million for a 3rd....

I'm willing to bet if the above was ever implemented ( I realize it will never happen) the NHL would become a much safer place to play hockey. 


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