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