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Video: Aaron Rome’s dirty hit on Nathan Horton overshadows a scoreless first period in Game 3

Jun 6, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

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After a scoreless first period of Game 3, the game itself got off to the exact kind of start both the Boston Bruins and the NHL did not want to see.

Just 5:07 into the first period Boston’ s Nathan Horton dished the puck off to Milan Lucic coming across the blue line when he was hit late by Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. The hit put Horton down on the ice immediately where he laid there dazed and not moving. Horton was tended to by doctors for minutes before being removed from the ice on a stretcher and taken to Mass General Hospital in Boston. Horton was reported to be moving all extremities and we’ll find out more about his condition after the game and the days to come.

Rome was given a five minute major for interference and a game misconduct tossing him rightfully from the game.

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On the ensuing five minute power play, the Bruins were able to do nothing on it as the Canucks smothered opportunities and killed the major off. Aside from that power play, the Canucks carried the majority of the play and again created turnovers by the Bruins defense and peppered Tim Thomas with shots. Thomas was equal to the task including a pair of incredible stops on Chris Higgins and Mason Raymond up close.

Thomas finished the period with 12 saves while Roberto Luongo finished with seven stops. The Bruins will need to find a way to rally to start the second period and get angry (but controlled) play from everyone to swing the play in the game. Vancouver, meanwhile, will continue trying to speed the Bruins out of the game as their attack and speed is again causing issues for Boston.

  1. habsman - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Well I guess Horton won’t be sucker punching any one else in these playoffs. (Or throwing water bottles at fans). There’s an old saying, “What goes around, comes around”. Suck it Boston.

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:19 PM

      No class bro. I dont care who wins the cup but thats not a good hit and its not something that should happen. You make Montreal fans look bad by making douchey comments like that.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:12 PM

      Habsgirl–you’re a classless pos, and your team has been home and playing golf so long their dicks are argyle. Keep comments like that in your cat infested house…enjoy hell.

    • deepthreat - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

      Typical classless Canadien fan.
      Your team flops and fakes injuries and you know it.

  2. cannonblast14 - Jun 6, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Congrats NHL, youve done this to yourselfs. Now do something about it.

  3. gunner1970 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    That P.O.S. should be suspended for the remainder of the playoffs and part of next season, with no pay.

  4. dreadpiratesteve - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Not a fan of either team but…

    NHL! This is UNACCEPTABLE!!! Serious penalties must ensue here! There is no way he didn’t mean to injure Horton. He targeted the head and left his feet. Done for the playoffs and into next year. Bring the hammer down!!!

  5. warpstonebc - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    You’re such a homer Yerdon.

    There’s more than enough going on between both sides but you’re hell-bent to keep feeding your Vancouver-heel campaign.

    Fact is Vancouver is out hitting every team this playoffs. There will be hits like Rome’s that go bad. But you know, it was open-ice. It was a bad hit, late and he screwed up by not missing Horton’s head. But it was not a kill shot on the boards. It is not suspension bait. But given the gonzo wheel of discipline and east coast media bias, we’re going to be experiencing more goofy hype from Boston fans like you.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:01 PM

      Yeah, nice take on it, moron. It was ok because it was open ice? Nobody, you frigging idiot, will defend that but you. You know nothing about the game and btw god agrees because Ryder just scored #8 as I’m typing this!

      • warpstonebc - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        Suck it up cupcake. That would be like a Canucks fan crying bloody murder over Ehrhoff and Rome getting KO’d by the same guy.

        Hits happen. The more you throw the more likely you’re going to have these freak plays. Especially in a league run by absent and random disciplinarians.

        My point is that for all the BS we hear about Boston being a tough, hard-hitting team, so is Vancouver. Both sides can take what they dish out. The sad part is that you have homers like Yerdon who only ever cover one angle because they know where their lunch is hanging. Lame.

      • savoirlaire - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:22 PM

        Freak play, huh? Again, you are out on your own with this indefensible crap. Spin it all you want, your cheap shot artist has seen the last of this cup. So suck that up, cupcake…

      • habsman - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:25 PM

        savoir,
        I bet your mommy would be very disappointed at all the name calling your doing. Now go to bed or you’ll be tired tomorrow at school.

      • cannonblast14 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:34 PM

        @habsman. This coming from a guy saying Horton deserves getting sent to the hospital for spraying a little water at a fan? Your words mean nothing after that comment.

  6. manhorse69 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Did you even watch the hit. It wasn’t exactly accidental. He dug in and went high on a guy who didn’t have the puck and wasn’t looking. If it had happened in Canada the mounted police would have escorted Rome out of the building and would be looking to press charges

  7. manhorse69 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    At least the B’s don’t claim to a finesse team like the Casucks and then turn around and cry and dive and whine when things get physical. They are a physical team but they’re behaving like soccer players out there.

  8. warpstonebc - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    LOL, you think Murphy is suddenly going to grow balls? Good luck. One game at best. Seriously dude, this is the NHL. You want to watch a game where every hit is over-examined, then watch MLB.

    Again, open-ice hits are not the same as kill shots on the boards. Such is life in Gary Bettman’s wonderland.

  9. smilinjaq - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    preface: I’m a Wings fan, a lifelong hockey player, and my only hockey hero is Bobby Orr. So I started this series mildly preferring to see the Bruins win. Glad to hear Horton is sounding better, but the indirect blame for what happened to him falls with Julien’s meathead call to pull a kid with 6 points in 9 playoff games for a goon with one point in 13 games. 3:02 into the game, the goon, Thornton, hits a Canuck in the back who is against the boards and facing the glass. 2 minutes 10 seconds later, the Canucks sent the message they can play rough, too. To pretend anyone could know Horton was going to fall awkwardly doesn’t understand sports. There was no level of malice to that extent, but no doubt the Canucks were going to crush someone, just as Boston was aiming for all game. The Bruins sent a clear message with their lineup and early play, to which the Canucks were responding in kind.

    • warpstonebc - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:49 PM

      Amen. Thank you @smilinjaq for injecting some context.

      Most clock-cleaning hits in the playoffs are due to the meta-game you mentioned.

      Bruins fans, it’s always going to be like this unless the NHL changes course drastically. Rome landed a bad hit. Nobody is disagreeing with that. But going nuts without understanding context is about as dumb as the fingergate crap that reporters love.

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:53 PM

      “To pretend anyone could know Horton was going to fall awkwardly doesn’t understand sports.”
      Give me a break. You can tell Lucic was out before he even hit the ice.
      Just so ya know:
      Seguin in regular season- 11 goals 11 assists minus4 in 74 games
      Thornton in regular season- 10 goals 10 assists plus 8 in 79 games.
      Seguin is a 19 year old rookie and Thornton is a veteran who has won a cup(aneheim). Plus Boston was down 2-0 in the series. Why not put the more experienced guy in? They did win 8-1 so i guess it worked out in some sense.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:53 AM

      Thornton is no goon, he’s the heart and soul of the Bruins. If you’re as big a hockey fan as you say, you would know that. In fact, the difference between the casual hockey fan and the long-time, die hard fan is that the latter understands the tradition, history and toughness of the sport … and what it takes to play the game every night. An astute hockey fan can spot a goon a mile away. We all know them, we know which teams employ them, and Boston ain’t one of them.

      Tyler Seguin is still a kid playing on hockey’s greatest stage. The spotlight is white hot and nobody expects the world of him. He had a fantastic night against Tampa, and he’ll get another chance now. Last night called for grit, heart and determination. How much do you really want to win, and do you have it? In other words, it called for a statement game from Thornton, a guy who’s won the Cup before. He delivered.

      Every hockey fan knows that, including Bobby Orr, who was up their in the stands smiling and nodding at his boys. They did him proud last night. Bravo!

  10. canucks18 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Savoirlaire you are a complete joke. I have seen the stuff that you have come up with on here and you are plain ol pathetic… The hit was a little late but he didn’t “target the head” and he didnt leave his feet… Don’t be such a pansy about how those guys play the game. Both teams are getting big hits in and one guy on the Bruins gets hurt and you cry like babies. Even after an 8-1 win all you do is bitch and moan…

    • dreadpiratesteve - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:54 AM

      Didn’t leave his feet? Are you high? Or did you just not watch the replay? When he makes contact with the head neither foot is on the ice!!! Look at the video, it’s right in front of you!

      You can argue about diving and questionable officiating all night long but the bottom line is that the Canucks fans are possibly one of the biggest things that makes Vancouver unlikable.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:39 AM

      Aw, FU you loser. The Canuck fans on this board are absolutely pathetic, you first among them. Do the words “act like you’ve been there before” translate to Canuck? Thought not. Act like a man, for crissakes!

  11. chadyola78 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Wow Bruins fans are a bunch of little girls! Vancouver will bounce back just like Hortons head did off the ice!!!

  12. pilot206 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    The officials and the NHL are to blame for this. The new rules are vague at best. The officials are so inconsistant with calls that it is no wonder the players are unnclear about what they can and cannot do.

    Sorry but this was a clean hit, If you watch the hit in slow motion it was shoulder to chest.

    Horton should have had his head up instead of watching his pass.This is the Stanley Cup Final, if you are near the puck let alone touching it you can expect to be hit. I will say that it was a late hit but all the more reason that Horton should have seen it coming.

    Number ONE rule in hockey “Keep your Head Up”.

    Just wait, the way the NHL is going in a few years it will be No Contact hockey.

    • lifelonghockeyfan - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      In my entire hockey playing career I have been told to keep my head up. Only someone who can’t skate could call this a dirty hit. This was a clean open ice hit. It was more than 1/2 second after the pass (maybe) so it is interference. But it was textbook clean. Rome was in front on Horton all the way. Exactly where he should be. For Horton not to know he was there and to spend that time admiring his pass was his fault. How can you call a hit on a player who isn’t looking where he is going a blind side hit? It’s one thing to run a guy into the stanchion (Chara) and entirely different to hit a guy who isn’t paying attention to what is happening on the ice. Unfortunately for me, I have made this exact mistake and found myself counting the ceiling beams. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t quite so hard :-) It’s hockey, not checkers.

  13. hockeywatcher - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    We have no one to blame but ourselves!

    As fans, we:

    – want the big hits
    – cheer when there’s a big hit against the opposing team
    (some may even approach of an opposing team member missing a few games due to an injury)
    – expect everyone to heal after a big hit
    – we have sports pros/editors stating that the Bruins must play a Bruins’ game “physical” “big hits”

    Now, when things go bad & someone gets injured really bad. That was a “dirty hit”, that was a “bad hit”… That guy should be suspended. Oh, oh… but no one should get injured so bad.

    But, if Horton got up from it without much incident; many fans would approve and expect Horton to go back after Rome to seek revenge. It’s a fact, many fans expect it, many reporters expect it, many editors expect it and the NHL accepts it.

    When we as fans ask for “big hits”, hits that shake the glass, hits the break the glass. Even applaud when the goalie makes a “big hit”.

    Let’s leave the NHL out of it, as they have to cater to what the fans want (that’s us). Eliminate the hits and you may lose interest in the game. Let’s admit it, there’s many fans that follow the game for the action and “big hits” The players deliver what we want to see!

    We have no one to blame but ourselves!

  14. canucks18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    Savoir… You are a joke, it sounds like you are a 13 yr old girl that just saw a big hit for the first time. If Horton didn’t hit his head on the ice there would be zero to talk about, a 2 minute penalty and thats it. And by the way you talk I’m guessing you’re not even a Bruins fan, yet you are one of the other 28 who can’t handle being out and you just want a little something to bitch about haha… Go paint your face and tell your stories maybe dazzle some kids with some baloon animsls you clown.

    • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      How can you watch that hit and say that;
      1. It wasn’t late
      2. He didn’t leave his feet
      3. His shoulder didn’t hit Horton’s head

      The video is there. Rome turned, stopped, saw Horton wasn’t looking and didn’t have the puck, dug his back foot in and drove his shoulder up through Horton’s chin. Even if he doesn’t get suspended, not a given after the Burrows deal, how can you go on to say it should only be a minor? Rome had opportunity to erther let him go or body him out of the play and he chose to take his head off with a linesman 15 feet away. Anyone who has played knows that stuff against the boards sounds worse than it is (with the exception of hitting the edge of the glass or going face-first). Big hits are great and there are plenty to go around but this was a late hit, plain and simple. Deny that and you don’t have any credibility. It would be late if Charra had done it to Sedin and you can bet everyone would be calling for his head in Vancouver.

    • deepthreat - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      GUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…

    • savoirlaire - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      Everybody on this forum is calling you out, in case you didn’t realize it, you f-cking idiot. You are wrong and an asshole to boot. Go away, POS.

  15. me04015 - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Rome will be suspended for the remainder of the series, you heard it here first.

  16. lunasceiling - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Canucks fan here, but I’ve gotta say that was a bad hit: late, blindside, contact to the head, and Rome left his feet to deliver it. The context in which it happened might argue for a relatively mild suspension (that is, not the entire remaining series), but some. sort of suspension wouldn’t be out of line, and the major/game misconduct was a no brainer.

    • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      Might have been Milbury or one of the other announcers in the post game said “The thing about Rome is he’s a lot easier to suspend, He’s a 5th or 6th defenseman.” I think this winds up being a rather prophetic statment because the NHL can look like they’re getting tough by suspending him for the series without really hurting Vancouver at all. If the league had just suspended Burrows a game there would be far less shenanigans going on and maybe Horton isn’t in the hospital .

  17. canucks18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Deepthroat… Oh I mean deepthreat… You are oblivious to what happens every night on the ice… You obviously have never playeda decent level of hockey and have no idea of the happenings on the ice… I’ve heard enough from you

  18. cannonblast14 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    “Deepthroat… Oh I mean deepthreat…” Clever, how long did it take you to think of that one.
    and i think we’ve all heard enough from you, feel free not to continue.

  19. mjdkid100 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    It’s hilarious that Vancouver fans try to defend this. The actual still frame of the video above shows both his feet off the ground. It really just goes to show that Canuck fans are just a joke. The hit was late, he released the puck, hesitated and took two full strides, then got hit UP HIGH, and blindsided. Without a doubt a dirty hit. Suspended for the rest of the series…

    • mjdkid100 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      and his elbow and shoulder are sticking out, confirming his intention.

  20. canucks18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    I’m not wrong at all and make sure before you say everybody is calling me out that indeed everyone is but once again you are wrong. Its cry babies like you that scream bloody murder on a play like this that are making this game soft. Don’t forget not too long ago when your number 1 guy ran Pac into the glass at the bench… Wanna talk about classy?? Get a clue… And Cannonblast?? Beat it nerd

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      Actually you are indeed wrong, and everyone is indeed calling you out. Just look at the thumbs up and down. In your posts on this thread, you have 8 ups, which im assuming half are yours, and 82 down. Pretty clear that your wrong. Stop trying.

  21. canucks18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Oh and take another look at the replay his feet are on the ground

  22. jpelle82 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    i am a penguins fans so no bias here. the hit was dirty. the canucks showed their true colors last night and got owned in the process. if boston needed a momentum shift, they got it now courtesy of aaron rome. henrik getting bitched by thomas and daniel’s little dive when ferrence nudged him just show how big of pussies those twin little butt buddies are. burrows got what he deserved for his flop too when he got punked like the bitch that he is. that being said, i was not surprised at all by whom was targeted by rome. horton lives on the edge and could be considered a high value target. i just cant wait til someone finally rings up lapierre and evens it up.

  23. tomfox5 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    chadyola78 and all you other scumbag Canfucks- Come to Boston and your return flight will be in a wooden box.

    • lifelonghockeyfan - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Brilliant. You are really representing Boston well.

      • cannonblast14 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Thing is, both sides are making themselves look bad this series. Both on the ice and the fans off.

  24. pilot206 - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Those who don’t agree with my evaluation of the hit should listen to Mike Murphy’s statement.

    “If the hit hadn’t been late it would have been a legal hit”

    The NHL has chosen this time to make an example of Rome and how they are supposedly dealing with players delivering these dangerous hits.There have been at least 15 hits in the 2011 playoffs that should have resulted in similar suspensions. If not more severe than Rome’s 4 game suspension as there was clear intent to hurt the opposing player with blind side hits. The only difference is because the guy got up the refs turned a blind eye.

    As I said, the NHL is to blame for this. They should have sent this message from day one of 2011 season and not waffled so embarrassingly throughout the season. Is it any wonder that things have gotten to this state.

    Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final was an officiating joke. It was something you’d expect to see watching a junior league game. As a hockey fan, the game was embarrassing to watch . The players have lost all respect for the officials because their calls are inconsistent and arbitrary. One hack is a penalty the other is not.

    Until the NHL and the officials figure out the NEW standard of what is acceptable and what is not ; and stick to it. The NHL will continue to be the laughing stock of pro sports.

    • lifelonghockeyfan - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      Agree with some, disagree with some…
      Murphy was correct and that is hockey. Horton was not looking where he was going and got clobbered for it. Enjoy. You must be aware of where the other players are at all times. This is the game we play and love.
      Hockey is the fastest game in sports. There is no team sport where the object (puck) and the players move like hockey. It is therefor, the most difficult game to officiate. To say that somehow makes it the laughing stock of pro sports is just non-sense. If you want to see inconsistent officiating, watch a baseball game.
      To be sure, the officiating in that game was not very consistent. Minutes later there were hits nearly as hard on players who didn’t even touch the puck (by the way, that’s interference.)
      Hockey is the red headed step child of American pro sports only because the potential fan base can’t relate to it. Everyone can and has shot hoops, played baseball or softball, played some kind of football, or taken a swing at a golf ball. Collect up 10 or 15 neighbors and take them out to play basketball or softball – no problem. Now take them to the nearest rink and play hockey – :-) It’s just the reality of the situation. In Canada, you learn to skate just like in the US you learn to ride a bike. That’s why it’s the number one sport in Canada (oh, and because it is the greatest sport on earth!)

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