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Horton Skates at Practice

ESPNClearly in pain and hunched over, Horton skated to the bench, went directly to the dressing room and did not return.

On Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Horton is listed as day-to-day.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that hopefully he’s back with us next game,” Julien said.

Horton hurt himself on this play, during the first overtime of Wednesday nights game.

Wouldn’t be a Cup finals if Nathan Horton didn’t leave with an injury. He did skate this morning at practice but it is still unclear if he will be in the line up for tomorrow nights game two.

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B’s Drop Yet Another Game

Team 1 2 3 F
PITTSBURGH 0 1 2 3
BOSTON 1 0 1 2

Once again the Boston Bruins are just not playing with the swagger and mojo that will make them excel in the postseason. The B’s took a 1-0 first period lead and with the way their season has gone this season they are not allowed to score more than two goals so they had to hold off Pittsburgh if they wanted the win.

Well the Penguins tied the game in the second period and added two more goals in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Sure the Bruins added a goal with 3 seconds left in the game but it was meaningless as there was not enough time for them to try and tie the game.

In his first game back Adam McQuaid dropped the mitts with Tanner Glass.

And in an interesting fight, Nathan Horton took on Jarome Iginla in a bust of a fight. Which resulted in Horton hurting his hand.

Horty’s Gordie Howe Hat Trick Leads B’s to Win

Team 1 2 3 F
BOSTON 2 1 1 4
WASHINGTON 0 1 0 1

Just like the previous meeting between these two teams, the B’s jumped out a first period lead except this time they were able to hold on to the lead and a 4-1 win over the Caps on a Saturday matinee.

The Bruins first line, which has been called out recently by Claude, played their best game of the season. They totaled 8 points in the contest. It began with a Nathan Horton (8) goal from the top of the slot late in the first. That was followed by David Krejci (7) added one more before the period ended.

When the second period came around that is when the fun began. Washington scored 1:24 into the period. Ohh here we go again. But Andrew Ference (1) added another goal for the B’s 8:01 into the second.

In the final minute of the period the B’s began with the fisticuffs. First Marchand dropped the gloves with Mike Ribero, even though Ribero was not the guy who Marchy thought was hacking him.

The just before the buzzer Nathan Horton was attacked by Matt Hendricks and did not take to kindly to that.

A true miracle happened 2:41 into the third period. Rich Peverley (4) scored a goal and to add on too the massive coronary your probably about to have it was on the power play. Which gave the Bruins all they would need for the day a 4-1 lead.

And for fun Adam McQuaid fought Matt Hendricks because apparently getting beat up by Horton wasn’t enough. I’m also surprised Thornton didn’t McQuaid afterwards because Quaider took the fight against Hendricks away from Thornton like the studly guy coming in and swooping up the drunk girl in the bar after you’ve been putting in work all night.

B’s Keep Cooking in Florida Sun

Team 1 2 3 F
BOSTON 2 1 1 4
TAMPA BAY 1 1 0 2

What flu-like symptoms? The Bruins came out of the gates like a bat out of hell, scoring two goals in the opening 3:50 of the game en route to a 4-2 victory in Tampa on Thursday night.

Nathan Horton (5) scored 1:11 into the game when a rebound squeaked to him back door and he put a wrister into the open net. Just 2:39 after the Horton goal, Bergeron (3) extended the B’s lead to 2-0. Now one should be excited about an early 2-0 lead but with the way the B’s have performed in the third period the past two games, it was nerve-racking to anticipate what was to come.

Well it didn’t take long for Steven Stamkos (11) to fire a wrist shot from the slot over the shoulder of Tuukka to move the Bolt to within a goal of the B’s with 12:47 left in the first period.

Tampa Bay’s stand-out rookie Cory Conacher (6), ended his scoring drought by tying the game 2-2, 9:00 into the second period.

The B’s answered back those, the hot hand of Brad Marchand (9) beat the Bolts tender from the slot with 6:02 left in the period.

Boston extended the lead when Horton (6) moved away from the net (to the same spot he scored his first goal) and deflected the Chara slap-pass from the point past Anders Lindback to secure the game for the Bruins early in the third period.

Horton had a chance at the hat-trick when the Bolts pulled the tender at the end of the game but twice in a matter of thirty second Horton hit the same post in the same spot.

Rask, in another business like performance, made 24 saves on 26 shots. Its a world of difference between him and Thomas in net. Thomas could have played the same exact game but the stress level would have been through the roof with all his flipping and flopping.

B’s play an afternoon tilt on Sunday at 3 p.m. So enjoy being snowed in and watch some hockey.

Early Thoughts…

Although the season is just three days old and the Bruins are only 2-0-0, there is still a lot that can be taken away from what we have seen to this point.

Rustyy: Like every team in the league players are still shaking off some of the rust. The Bruins haven’t done anything major, just small things. Seguin with a few point-blank opportunities in front of the net, passes just off the mark. Even Nathan Horton had a prime chance yesterday and was about an inch away from getting everything on his shot.

Horton – Speaking of Horton. There was question around him and how he would perform coming off of his concussion. It has pretty much been a calendar year since his season was shut down last year. Again its only been two games but he hasn’t showed any signs of timid play. He has been going into the dirty spots and not only getting hit but making hits and trying to get the puck. Although Horton does not have a point in his 16:40 TOI this season, all signs are pointing to him being the player he was during the season of the Cup run.

TUUUUK: Since Tim Thomas took his ball and went home, Tuukka finally has been given his time to shine. In the two games this season Rask has a 0.96 GAA stopping 46 of 48 shots he has faced. He has been in position, seems calm and is letting the puck come to him. Rask made an outstanding play on a breakaway in yesterdays game against the Jets. Two games is a very small sample even in a shortened season but if Rask stays on his game the way he has played in the first two games it could be a huge threat for the B’s.

Teach Me How To Dougie: Is Dougie the real deal?? In two games he played on the second D pairing with Seidenberg and in Seidenberg’s absence yesterday they bumped him up to the first D pairing with Big Z. Hamilton played both games like a seasoned vet. Yesterday especially, jumping into the play in the offensive zone, ripping shots on net along with setting up plays.

PP v. PK (or are they the same thing):Per usual, the Power Play –or power kill– what ever you want to call it is atrocious to start the season. Its a cool 0 for 9 and seven of those attempts came in the first game of the season. As the B’s showed last year you can have a successful regular season with a mediocre PP but its the playoffs when it needs to be at its best, exception 2011. On the flip side the PK is a perfect 9 for 9 including two big kills yesterday against Winnipeg in overtime. With the combo of Bergeron and Kelly it is hard for a team to get anything set up against the B’s killers.

In Real Bruins News, Horton Suffers set-back


CBS BostonThe road to recovery for injured winger Nathan Horton is getting longer, as Bruins coach Claude Julien announced Friday that Horton has suffered setbacks in his workouts as he works his way back from a concussion.

“He’s got some symptoms so he’s been pulled back,” Julien said of Horton. “He’s back to square one and we’re giving him some time here.”

Horton had been exercising and lightly skating, but his progression — or lack thereof — didn’t provide much encouragement.

It is the second concussion for the 26-year-old Horton in the span of eight months, as he was knocked out of the Stanley Cup Final in Game 3 against Vancouver.

The Bruins have lost four of six games since Horton’s injury. They’ve scored just 1.5 goals per game in that span, nearly two full goals fewer than their season average.

Not good for the Bruins. Horton seemed to be hitting his stride before receiving his second concussion. He had eight goals in the month of January and only 9 in the three months prior.

Due to Horton being out of the line-up the team has been forced to mix and match lines to try and find the right combinations, which hasn’t really been working.

With the trade deadline looming the Bruins organization is going to have to make a decision on whether to try and acquire a player who could potentially replace Horton in the line-up if it looks like he will be out for a significant amount of time.

Pre-Game Skate; B’s/Sens. Let the Second Half Begin

It is officially time to get down to business. Tonight’s game at TD Garden marks the beginning of the second half of the Bruins and NHL season. This is the time of year where games get a little more ramped up and teams begin jockeying for playoff positions.

The B’s come into the second half leading the Northeast Division with 64 points. Although the lead is only four points over Ottawa, they do have five games in hand on the Sens and have not lost to them in the their two meetings this season, outscoring them 10-5.

In the seven games leading-up to the break, the Bruins were only 3-2-1 and were outscored 25-23.

So what do the B’s need to do in order to secure another division title and a spot in the 2012 post season. Eleven of the Bruins final thirty-five games are against division opponents. If the Bruins can go 7-2-1 or something along those lines in those games they should be in a good spot.

Also, a good start out of the gate will help the B’s. They play four games in six days right out of the shoot, along with a six game road trip in the middle of February and the schedule wraps up with 17 games in March alone and four weekends with games on Saturday and Sunday.

Things to consider — Who will emerge as the number one goalie for the Bruins. Obviously it is Tim Thomas’ job to lose after last season playoff run. But Tuukka have been off the charts since November and with Thomas struggling over his past few starts things could become interesting if Thomas still has some shaky play in mid-March.

The health of Nathan Horton, he missed the final game before the break with a mild concussion. After a week of it seems he will not be part of tonight’s contest, which begs the question when he does return how effective will he really be.

Finally, what will the B’s do at the deadline. They have until the end of February to make a move. Do they go offense or defense? And when will they make their move. Last year they acquired Kaberle a few weeks before the deadline and pulled off the trade for Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley on the day of the deadline.

Projected Bruins lines
Forwards
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Defense
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Steven Kampfer-Adam McQuaid
Goalies
Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask
Scratches: Andrew Ference (suspension), Nathan Horton (concussion)

Projected Senators lines
Forwards
Milan Michalek-Jason Spezza-Colin Greening
Nick Foligno-Kyle Turris-Daniel Alfredsson
Erik Condra-Zack Smith-Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins-Zenon Konopka-Bobby Butler
Defense
Filip Kuba-Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen-Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips-Matt Carkner
Goalies
Craig Anderson
Alex Auld
Scratches: Brian Lee (lower body)

Canucks Beat Bruins, Win Stanley Cup…Haha I Almost Had You

In the epic game eight of the Stanley Cup Finals the Canucks defeated the Bruins 4-3 due to the courtesy of ten power-plays during the game. No, Vancouver, the series is not now tied 4-4, you still lost the Stanley Cup and don’t even belong on the same ice as the Bruins.

This is the best team in the league? C’mon.

Ok, so Vancouver won. You know what, I really don’t care. The Bruins aren’t going to win every game they play this year and they aren’t going to win some of the games that you would like to see them win. I more pissed off with the officiating. This game was gifted to Vancouver from the before it even started.

Lets go to 3:54 into the game. Our first fight. At the end result of the fight Milan Lucic was tossed from the game for “leaving the bench” to join in the fight. I want you to pause the video at the ten second mark and count how many Canucks are piled-up on Shawn Thornton. Because by my count there are six, yes count them six Canucks ON THE ICE. The only reason it turned into five on five is because Henrik Sedin cowered away and sneaks back onto the bench. If you pause the the video again at 2:05 you will see Lucic “leave the bench”

Lucic got thrown out for “leaving the bench”. Well, nhl.com why don’t you tell us what you decided four hours after the game ended about Lucic leaving the bench.
Lucic was assessed a Game Misconduct 3:54 into the first period for violating National Hockey League Rule 70.1 – Leaving the Bench. However, a video review of the incident revealed that Lucic did not leave the bench to join or start an altercation but rather had entered the ice legally over the boards and was about to step back onto the bench through the door when he changed course and joined a scrum.

Oh, so Lucic was a legal player on the ice and as a way to handicap the Bruins we (the refs) will just toss him out of the game to handicap the Bruins. Kinda like how Dean Portman was thrown out of the first Iceland game.

As a result of this whole scrum, Vancouver ends up with a 5-on-3, makes total sense right? Ryan Kessler scores during the two man advantage.

Marchand (16) tied the game 1-1 with 5:03 left in the first period. After the Marchand goal, Campbell squares off with Lapierre. On the face-off following the Campbell fight you will see dale Weise pussy-out of a fight with Shawn Thorton.

Rich Peverley (7) gave the Bruins a lead at the beginning of the second period but with the Canucks spending most of the game on the power-play they netted two more PP goals before the period ended, to take a 3-2 lead into the locker room after two.

Vancouver’s last power play goal came after Brad Marchand was given a five minute major and game misconduct for clipping Sami Salo. Once they called clipping I was waiting for a roping call in the third period.

Now there has been debate on this hit. I don’t see the issue. To me it looks like a clean, old fashion hip check. Some people are saying he ducked the hit from Salo, with the intent to injure. I think he is just making a play, if Marchand is turned around and his back-side is facing the boards, its a hip check and everyone plays on.

Tell me what the difference is between Marchand’s hit and Hamhuis hit on Lucic last year in the Cup finals.

Cody Hodgson ripped a shot past Thomas to begin the third period to pad the Canucks lead to two goals, still as part of the Marchand major penalty.

Krejci (10) brought the game to within a goal when he scored during a 4-on-4.

Canuck winger Daniel Sedin said: “I think we showed we can play against these guys in this building. I don’t think anyone can question our toughness anymore. I thought we stood up well. You look at today, and we got a few lucky bounces. That didn’t happen [in the final]. But we can only look at this game and we’re happy the way we played.”

Yup, you were quite the tough guy sitting on the bench during all the fights Daniel. The Bruins dominated you 5-on-5 and if you weren’t gifted 11 power-plays the game would have not even been close. You were still outshot by the Bruins. Boston also had 10 takeaways to Vancouver’s 2. The little things that don’t go noticed. Also, if Luongo was man enough to step between the pipes and play this game I think the B’s put up a six spot.

The one victory Vancouver can take away from this game is they are only the fourth team to put up four goals on the B’s this season.

But the game has come and gone, time to move on. Winnipeg on Tuesday at the Garden.

Horton Not Himself


ESPN BostonBruins winger Nathan Horton faced the media Wednesday for the first time in weeks and admitted that coming back from a severe concussion suffered in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals has been more difficult than expected.

While he isn’t being plagued by any physical symptoms or suffering from post-concussion syndrome, Horton said he is still trying to find his way on the ice.

“I’m still trying to get my game back,” Horton said. “I obviously don’t feel 100 percent out there. I’m not myself, you know? I’m just trying to get that back. Last game, I thought we played better. Hopefully we can build off it.

“Obviously I just need to get my timing and stuff. I still don’t feel like I’m myself out there. I’m fine, but I just need to be better obviously. That’s it. I just need to be better.”

Horton is dead on and props to him admitting so. Watching him during the early stages of this season it seems he is just a shadow of himself on the ice. Skating around taking up space and going through the motions. His passes aren’t crisp, and he seems to pass-up shot opportunities looking for an extra pass that may not even be there.

In 11 games this season Horton has 3 goals 2 assist and is a -3 for the season. Through the first 11 games last season Horton had 6 goals 5 assist and was +4.

Big Time Trade


TSN.comThe Ilya Kovalchuk saga has dominated the offseason news cycle while overshadowing the additions of key players who weren’t seeking 17-year contracts. With help from former Calgary Flames general manager Craig Button, Sporting News breaks down some of the league’s best offseason pickups:

Nathan Horton, F, Boston Bruins

The deal: The Bruins sent defenseman Dennis Wideman and first- and third-round picks to the Florida Panthers for Horton and forward Gregory Campbell.

The impact: Nobody doubts Horton’s talent. Playing for a contender that will surround him with talent should help him finally reach his potential. “When he’s motivated, he’s a really good player,” former teammate David Booth says. “Maybe he was just kind of feeling stagnant in Florida.”

Button says: “He’s going to a team where he doesn’t have to be the go-to guy. That’s important for him. Not everybody is geared toward that.”

BEST DEAL OF THE SUMMER??? PLEASE, FLORIDA GOT ROBBED BY GETTING WIDEMAN, I’D RATHER A BAG OF PUCKS.

So how big of a trade was Nathan Horton to Boston, well if you are a reader of TSN, apparently next to signing Kovalchuk, this was the best move of the summer. It makes sense, because the Bruins have been DYING for another player who can put the puck in the net. I know, everyone LOVES Marco Sturm, but lets be fu*#in’ realistic, he is not the goal scorer who will win you a Stanley Cup.

Horton can be the guy to net 30 or 40 goals if given the opportunity, aka he need’s to play with concussion stricken Savard. It’s a match made in heaven, Sturm on the left, Horton on the right, and Savy in the middle. I mean the guy [Horton] averaged 23.6 goals-per-game in Florida…FLORIDA. Not to mention he did that in 422 career games with the Panthers.

..I guess this is fun for everyone, even Dennis Wideman makes an apperance…doing nothing as usual.