Bruins’ Horton makes surprise visit

Half way through the Stanley Cup finals one has to think that the Boston Bruins are in the driver’s seat. After dropping the first two games to the Vancouver Canucks in heartbreaking fashion, the Bruins, who finished third in the Eastern Conference with 103 points, showed true character by blowing out the Canucks in the next two games …8-1 Monday night and 4-0 on Wednesday night. If tying the series wasn’t enough of a momentum swing, Boston got another one, when following Game 4, they recveived an emotional visit from their sniper Nathan Horton, who is out for the series with a severe concussion. “It was very emotional,” said Bruins’ forward, Rich Peverley, who scored two goals in the game.”He came in and spoke a little bit. To be able to fill in for him, like I said, we did the job tonight, but I thought it was a whole team effort.” Horton, who scored 26 goals and 53 points this past season, was injured early in Game 3, when Canucks defenceman, Aaron Rome, delivered a late head hit; which earned the Canuck a four game suspension. Bruin players admitted that it was an emotional lift seeing that Horton was moving around and in good spirits. Prior to the visit no one was sure when they would see him again and how bad he was hurting. “I was very, very happy to see Nathan up and around in the locker room,” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said. “I wasn’t exactly sure of his status. I’d heard that he was OK, but … when I personally got to see him in the locker room, I was incredibly happy and it gave me a big boost.” Horton who,  in Game 2 was voted player of the game among his teammates, also made an appearance in order to pass on, the jacket which goes to the game’s MVP, to Peverley. Bruins forward, Brad Marchand, called it a big relief seeing Thornton walking around and talking. According to various reports Horton is still suffering from headaches and feeling fatigued, but starting to feel better. “Mike Gillis, (GM of the Vancouver Canucks) pulled me aside at the GM meeting today and said, ‘Aaron wants you to know that he’s going to reach out to Nathan and he’s very sorry for what he did.’ It was a nice gesture,” Chiarelli said.


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