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Nathan Horton out for the playoffs with severe concussion

Jun 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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It’s official, Nathan Horton is done for the playoffs. The Bruins announced this morning that Horton will miss the rest of the playoffs with a severe concussion after receiving a dirty hit from Vancouver’s Aaron Rome in the first period of Game 3. The timing of the announcement should make Rome’s meeting with NHL VP of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy at 11 a.m. ET a bit more interesting.

The league doesn’t generally punish players based on injury and they’ll look at the play based on how things broke down. The hit seems to violate Rule 48 about shots to the head of an unsuspecting player, but that’s not stopping some from calling Horton out for admiring his pass. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault when asked about the hit after Game 3 last night had this to say during the post game press conference.

Q. The hit on Horton is one of the types of hits they’ve been trying to outlaw a bit. If there is a suspension of Rome, will you have a major issue with that?

COACH VIGNEAULT: Well, we’ll let the League deal with that.

I mean, that hit was head-on hit, player looking at his pass. 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.

It’s very unfortunate. Again, like I said, you never want to see that. But this is a physical game.

To us the excuse about a guy admiring his pass for being a reason to take his head off is tired and old. If the league wants to move forward and start taking stuff like this out of the game, especially when it’s completely avoidable, these are the sorts of hits they have to punish players for making. It doesn’t matter how sorry Aaron Rome might be for doing it, sometimes things happen but Rome had to pull up on that play.

If the league fails to act on Rome’s hit and let’s it go based on some shadowy room old school hockey reasoning, everyone in the NHL will have some long, hard thinking to do about how serious they intend to take shots to the head. With the NHL GMs meeting here in Boston on Wednesday, they have some very serious issues to continue addressing.

  1. govtminion - Jun 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    I’m curious what Vigneault would say if that were Daniel Sedin laying on the ice instead… though I’m pretty sure I know the answer. Spoiler alert: It wouldn’t sound a thing like the above comment, and the word ‘unfortunate’ probably is replaced with something a little stronger.

    • shaqattaqer - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      probably what julien had to say after chara put pacioretty’s head thru what is basically a wall, got zero suspension and i think just a minor penalty. its a fast game, things happen. stop acting like A.) this is the worst thing ever, and B.) the Bruins are angels.

    • reospeedwagon916 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      You mean like when Ben Eager hit him from behind and he screamed at the offical “WTF?”

    • kootnikoff123 - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      As a transplanted Canadian living in the U.S., I’m getting tired of Versus’ “homer” coverage of this series, especially game 3. Seems Versus has decided that Boston is its team, and that Vancouver’s skilled and speedy players are a cross between Genghis Khan’s hordes and the old Broadstreet Bullies (unsourced references to Rome’s “dirty” and “vicious” hit.

      That may be because Versus is a U.S. network and Boston (and all its Canadian players) are based in the U.S. But lets have even-handed coverage from now on, starting tonight, please?

      • Maurice - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM

        Steam Canadian coverage, then. I know it can be hard to get used to any coverage that doesn’t work in relentlessly bashing America, but I haven’t noticed any picking sides in this series. But, you know, it could very well be that watching a back-bench goon try to murder and possibly end the career of a skill player on Boston might sour people on Vancouver. My wife is Canadian and rooting for the Canucks, and I have zero love for Boston being a New Yorker, but after that and the excuses Vancouver made for the hit, I can see everyone rooting for the Bruins. Certainly this is not the kind of good sportsmanship and “everything Canadian teams do is great’ coverage you might be used to.

  2. hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    A lot of these hits that are possibly “legal” that cause head injuries seem to have similarities. A lot of the video of these hits shows the Hitting player’s Shoulder pads rising and making contact with the “Hittee” players head. Those things must be hard as rocks. Often the hitting player is launching himself up towards the head of the other player leading with a shoulder towards the head to the extent he winds up leaving his feet in th e follow through. Similar to Rome’s Hit of Horton last night.

    Remember Chara mauling of Pacioretty which received a similar 5 minute major interference call and no suspension in the regular season. Post season games are even more valuable. To call for the suspension of a Vancouver player for the same infraction is a tad hypocritical.

    • frobaggins - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      explain how the two are related please

    • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      your really comparing the incidental bump that chara gave pacioretty to a blatant headshot on horton wow

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        incidental bump? Do you recall the 5 minute major for interference and the game misconduct that was issued? And the player being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher? Sounds kind of familiar…. hmmm… happened during the Chara incident and happened last night… Yes Apples to Apples.
        The differences – (1) The media made apologies for Chara and Murphy ignores it. (2) The media kills Rome and Murphy comes down with the hammer for it. (3) Rome is not a big name player or a central part of his team like Chara is either. And don’t think that didn’t play a role.

      • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        guy go watch the video chara shrugs his shoulders as the bumped and paxioretty goes into the glass. they gave him a 5 minute major and a game misconduct because most of the people watching or at the game thought the guy was dead. you must be a canadians fan bro cry me a river the two incidents were completely different Rome knew what he was doing and knew that it was a late hit and HE LEFT HIS FEET how can u argue at all saying that he shouldnt be killed by the media. he should be killed by me honestly that was a scumbag hit

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        Not a Habs fan. I have watched the video. Chara drove Pacioretty into the boards. He drove him along the boards into the stanchion at the end of the Bruins’ bench. Chara looked up to see where the stanchion was first and made sure Pacioretty was going to hit it. Chara pushes him directly into the stanchion. Where else was Pacioretty suppose to go?

        Did Chara think he might get hurt? Probably not. Did he care? No.

        They are very much the same kind of play. With similar outcomes. Look at the play objectively (yeah right Bruins18 looking at Bruins players transgressions objectively.) . If that was Subban running Recchi into the Stanchion you would have been ranting and raving over a suspension. I am fully aware that they can’t go back and change anything. Want is done is done.

        I looked at the Rome hit again and agree that he deserved a suspension. the league deemed it 4 games so be it. Just make sure the next one REGARDLESS IF ITS A BRUIN, HAB, CANUCK, or any other of the thirty teams that the punishment is consistent.

  3. 8man - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    It’s the NHL’s grandest stage. They need to look very carefully at what happened and determine if a rule truly was violated. If so, they need consider the damage done and discipline accordingly.

  4. canucks18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    If everyone would watch the replay I think the damage gets done when his head hits the ice when he goes down. The hit was late but not vicious and malous like a lot of people are saying. Yes it was late but there is so little time out there on the ice and to hold up is a tough thing to do when everything is going so quick.

    • govtminion - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      …so what you’re saying is that Rome is blameless because the injury occurred when his head hit the ice, not at the moment Rome hit him. Or am I misunderstanding you?

      • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        nevermind rome leaving his feet which is what caused his shoulder to hit him in the head or anything

  5. guyincognito67 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Vigneault is correct. The hit was late but there was no “head shot”.

    Joe, you called it a wicked blind side to the head and a violation of rule 48. It was not. Rome hit him square in the chest from the direction Horton was skating towards. Horton’s problem was that he wasn’t looking ahead to where he was skating. Why is that Rome’s problem? You wrote that Vigneault was using “old school hockey reasoning”. What do you suggest? No one can be hit if you don’t call them first and tell them you’re coming? No hits unless you first make eye contact? Your comment about old school reasoning shows you’ve never played hockey and don’t understand how fast the game happens. If your head isn’t up and you aren’t looking around you end up with your but on the ice. Late hits get penalized for interference.

    It was a late hit. STOP. Horton fell back and hit his head and got a concussion. STOP. The major and misconduct were plenty adequate punishment (if not excessive).

    See you after game 4.

    • elvoid - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:48 PM

      You have GOT to be kidding. It was clearly and absolutely an intentional head shot. There were any number of options Rome could have taken on that hit in order to put Horton on his ass. The one chosen was to bring his shoulder up at Horton’s head.

      Yes – it’s a violent game. Injuries can and do happen. But when they happen from such a clear and blatant hit to the head – well, either you start doing something to stop that kind hit or you wait until someone is paralyzed or killed by that kind of hit.

    • frobaggins - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      you’re serious? for a “guyincognito”, you’re sticking out like a sore thumb for the garbage you just wrote. everything you said is asinine. what is horton suppose to do, pass the puck and then just not pay attention to where the puck is and skate whereever? did you watch game 7 of the ECF? horton passed it to krejci, kept his eye on the puck and skated right to the net because he saw where the puck was on the ice and put himself in position to score. pretty text book. but you’re saying horton should pass it and then make sure he isn’t gonna get hit 4 strides after passing. why should he not stay aware of the play? NEWSFLASH, no player in the league is expecting to get hit like that during similar plays.

      and if you are gonna use the “horton hit his head on the ice, thats why its so bad” BS, i can assume this is your stance on the chara hit on pacioretty? would pacioretty have been that hurt if the stanchion wasn’t there?

      everything you said sucks

      • guyincognito67 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        @frobaggins – Is that you Eric (Lindros)? I’m thinking who else would defend a player skating so carelessly with his head down and blame the defenseman.

        Let me answer your question “What is Horton suppose to do, pass the puck and then just not pay attention to where the puck is and skate where-ever”. Horton is supposed to make a pass and then look around where he is skating. He is not supposed to skate forward and not look where he is going. What you described is what every coach yells at kids for from midget to the pros. You don’t stare at the puck! Head up, look around, know where the play is, skate to position and look for a pass or a rebound. If everyone was just staring at the puck then there would be collisions all game long. This isn’t base ball – there is no eye-on-the-ball in hockey.

        Your hyperbole of “4 strides after passing” is really overdoing it. I have conceded that it was a late hit but even so it was less than a second late.

        To your courteous NEWSFLASH – every player is expecting to get hit like that. If they weren’t they would be flat on their asses just like Horton was.

        Regarding the Chara hit on MaxPac – if there was no stanchion there, there would have been no injury but it still would have been a cross check and it is debatable whether or not Chara knew it was there. It’s easy to see when there is no glass on the boards at the bench and players on the ice know where that it. Chara cross-checked him (not body checked) into the stanchion. Chara isn’t a dirty player and it was a regular season game so the league gave him a warning.

        Ever hear of Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens. He made a living doing that his entire career, anchored a team, won multiple cups and is regarded as one of the greats.

        In the leagues ruling the only factors mentioned are that (1) it was a late hit and (2) Rome should have eased up and not crushed him. There was no mention of any head-shot people are whining about because there wasn’t a head-shot. It was an awesome check that was about half a second late. Because of the uproar the league had to suspend him for the rest of the final – 4 games.

      • elvoid - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:16 PM

        guyincognito – that’s two times you claim there was no “head shot.” I’ve got no dog in this hunt – I’m a long suffering Capitals fan – but that video conclusively shows a clear head shot.

        Stop mitigating and man up, here. If you approve of intentional head hunting in the NHL, just say so – I won’t actually argue with you on that as hey, that’s an opinion.

        But to watch that video and say it wasn’t a head shot – that is just plain delusional.

    • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      dude he left his feet and went shoulder to head and your telling me you played hockey and dont think thats a dirty hit? what position did you play left bench?

      • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        and on top of that after reading your second ignorant statement chara didnt cross check pacioretty he didnt grab him and ride him into the boards he bumped him and pacioretty fell watch the video again and please tell me where the cross check is.

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        Chara drove him into the turnbuckle. I’ve watched several times. HE put his forearm against his head and directed him into the “wall” basically. Chara is a very strong guy and Paccioretty isn’t huge. Never mind the bad blood between the two just a few games prior.

        Take the Bruin colored glasses off and stop apologizing for Chara. A guy had his neck broken because of that hit. A hit that incurred a 5 minute major and the gate. Same as Rome’s. I don’t care what jersey you wear wrong is wrong.

    • frobaggins - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      @guyincognito

      you want to have that opinion on the horton play, thats fine, i’m not gonna argue it again, cause there was literally nothing clean about that play. try and defend it all you want, but it was dirty. but for the most part you lost all your credibility responding to my post cause of your irrational take on scott stevens and chara because you made yourself look like you got no clue what you’re talking about.

      you know what the difference is between scott stevens hit and romes? when stevens destroyed lindros.. LINDROS HAD CONTROL OF THE PUCK. i’d say thats a pretty big diffrence, don’t you?

      you also say chara “cross checked” pacioretty into the stanchion?? laughable dude. watch the replay, chara’s stick was in his outside hand. you’re saying chara cross checked pacioretty with one hand on his stick and it wasn’t even touch pacioretty. get a clue

  6. canuckdude82 - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Most hockey fans will agree that Rome deserves a suspension. What AV is saying is he didn’t target the head but it was a late hit and the league has said the want to eliminate the headhunting. It wasn’t as if Rome came across the ice at full speed and slammed him. I also wonder why if you are so concerned about shots to the head why you don’t seem to think David Krejci should have received more than a crosschecking penalty in game 1 for his crosscheck to Hamhuis’s head after the Lucic hit. stuff happens on the ice as anyone who has played the game knows so let the league deal with it and I hope Horton recovers soon having had concussions I know it’s not a nice place to be.

    • frobaggins - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      everything you said up until your last sentence is absurd. you sound delusional calling out the krejci play and trying to compare the two

      • guyincognito67 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        A cross-check to the head (Krecji on Hamhuis, Game 1) – yeah, I’d say that’s suspension worthy.

    • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:53 PM

      yea or how about when the canucks scored there only goal was because he slashed krejci in the back of the knee to get open

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        expect a lot of penalties in game 4.. Given some of the statements coming out of the league – they have had it with the garbage in this series.

        Both teams are taken hatchet shots at each other. One guy sticks his finger in a guys mouth and the other guy feels compelled to bite it. There are guys in both colored jerseys trying to win an emmy for the best dive in a Televised Sporting Event. It’s ridiculous.

        It’s actually funny to read Boston fan complaining abut a lot of the same stuff their team does and has done throughout the season and the playoffs. Just go ahead and send the card — “Pot, Your Black!” From the Kettle…

    • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      It’s becoming clearly evident that if a Bruins player hacks, slashes, cross checks, punches, or hits any other team’s players then it is quickly forgotten about or not equivalent than if the other team’s player hacks, slashes, cross checks, punches, or hits any Bruins player – In the eyes of many of the Boston supporters on this site.

      I can also see by the ups and downs that anything positive for Boston is a Plus and everything negative or any disagreement is a minus.

  7. psousa1 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    The Canucks character is evident – when the tough gets going: just quit. Luonog wasn’t as bad as you think for giving up 8 goals. When everyone in front stops playing what could he do? You just damn well know nobody was happier about a 10 minute misconduct penalty than Sedin. He wanted no part of that game. Someone’s sweater brused up against him and he fell to the ice holding his face like he got stabbed. Man I hope Boston comes back and wins this.

  8. blackandyellow17 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Sometimes I wonder if I’m watching the same game as the rest of the commenters here. Anyone saying he wasn’t goin for the head or that Horton should have been looking and not staring at the pass is as feeble minded as they come!!

    Newsflash people, of course he wasn’t looking for the hit coming…HE DIDNT HAVE THE PUCK…why should he be expecting to get his skull blasted. And of course he was looking at his pass…has anyone ever thought he was keeping an eye on the puck in case it was a give and go (exactly what he did on the play in game 7). There was plenty of time for Rome to pull up and he didn’t and that’s all there is to it.

    Not surprising tho for a team full of instigators who would all piss their pants if they actually had to drop the gloves.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

      Well the rest of the commenters here thus far, for the most part, are the usual gang of Canuck fan morons, so no wonder you are wondering if you are watching the same game. This is the same bunch of ass clowns who continue above to try to deny that Rome’s hit wasn’t cheap and dangerous. You all keep saying that to yourselves and I’m sure you’ll start to believe it. Everybody else, and that includes both Bruins fans and just lovers of the game, have weighed in here and nobody can and should defend that crap.

    • guyincognito67 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      @ balckandyellow17. He wasn’t going for his head – he hit him square in the chest from right in front of him. I assure you I am not feeble minded, my wall of degrees and professional licenses can prove it to you.

      Give and go is basketball and those games are broadcast on alternate nights. He had the puck less than a second before so yeah, he should be more aware than that. It was a late hit but it wasn’t out of nowhere. If you are on the ice and in the play every player should be expecting to get “blasted”.

      In hockey we don’t stare at the puck on our sticks or watch passes. There are no give-an-go’s on 20 foot passes entering the zone. Head up – it’s not that hard!

      The league agreed with one of your comments – that Rome should have eased up on the hit because although he probably couldn’t have gotten out of the way he could have not crushed him. That’s why he got 4 games. They did not feel like it was a head-shot at all.

      I hope Horton feels better and all that and I look forward to game 4.

      • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        really give and gos are only in basketball? so much for ur degrees u just threw that credibility out the window with that statement genius

      • frobaggins - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        actually, you’re irrational take on stuff like “give and go is for basketball, its on alternate nights” does make you look feeble. listen to you bro, “in hockey we don’t stare at the puck or watch passes”, talking like you f’ing pat burns. that and you bringing up your wall of degrees makes you sound like a smug and arrogant prick. think anyone here cares you have a degree in fellatio?

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:18 PM

        give n go is as much Hockey as basketball.. With the way the NBA is played now a days, you probably will see more give n go’s in hockey than in a basketball game.

  9. sippindasyzurp - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I have been saying it for the past few years now… Get rid of the stupid instigator rule and the prevalence of things like this will go down drastically…. If this ever happened with no instigator rule then the next shift with Kesler or one of the Sedin’s on the ice someone would make sure that they dont play another shift in this series… Then again if there was no instigator rule this probably would not have happened.

  10. fxburroughs - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    It is a fact that Rome performed a deliberate late hit with so much force he completely left the ice. Such behaviour should be deemed completely unacceptable by those in authority and result in serious consequences including financial penalties and suspension. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time when such future conduct could result in serious irreversible brain injury or death to a player. After all, this suposed to be a game, one with rules and one with consequences for breaking them. Isn’t it about time that the league officials clearly define what sportsmanship really is and make it a model for the younger generation to emulate?

    • guyincognito67 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      Great Miss America answer there fxburroughs.

      This is a professional sport that allows hitting. The “younger generation” saw he got a penalty and was tossed. Are you upset he wasn’t drawn and quartered?

      • fxburroughs - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Yes, hitting is permitted. Being drawn and quartered is not permitted. Please start reading the rulebook.

  11. miketoasty - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Canucks fan here (From Pittsburgh) and just wanted to say that this was a malicious hit. He got suspended for the rest of the playoffs (4 games) and rightfully so. To Horton: Get better soon, to the rest of the Canucks: Stop being a bunch of divers. Every time someone grazes with one of the Sedin’s they fall straight to the ice. I don’t know if it was their coach who put them up to this or if this is how they perform in the spotlight but this is just getting rediculous. I hope the ref’s know you are allowed to call diving penalties.

    Also, AV is starting to annoy me. Especially with his comments from last game “I don’t pay attention to what goes on between whistles”. Oh so you only play coach for half the time your team is on the ice? Discipline your team for stupid antics.

    I love Vancouver, but it is becoming harder and harder to root for a team that seems like they are just a bunch of a holes.

    • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      thank you i feel the same way (im a bruins fan)but i like vancouver always had back since pavel bure and trevor linden but theyre performance in the cup finals this year is pathetic. i lost so much respect for the sedin brothers and everyone in that line up the only one i didnt lose respect for is luongo because hes the only one who actually tried for the whole 60 minutes and didnt give up in the STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS that people would kill to get a chance to play their butts off in its ridiculous. reguardless go bruins were winnin this for horton

  12. 884ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    listen you devil losers…if you put 88 on Horton that hit was the EXACT same hit that low life piece of garbage Stevens laid on him..and the league looked the other way. Stevens, that maggot got away with that all of his low life career and was rewarded. He is a total disgrace to hockey and should have been banned for life…he was still upset from the beating he took from Eric in early times when he clocked that drooling idiot with an uppercut but was too damn stupid to drop…he’s garbage. I don’t like Horton but damn, to say he was wrong is WRONG.

    • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      That was a LONG time ago.. Before head shots became a priority. That hit is actually one of the reasons why there is a headshot rule now. In today’ s, NHL he would have been suspended even though Lindros had the puck. It was a lateral hit to the head. But it wasn’t in today’s NHL. It was in a time when hits like that made the greatest hits highlight reel for the season.

  13. 89seminole - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    If players called out players, including team members, these types of hits wouldn’t be as common as they are now. Players have to quit saying one thing and thinking another.

  14. Maurice - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Vancouver is playing very dirty. It’s like the ’76 Flyers are in there. I don’t like Boston, but this is clearly sending out some third-string, expendable player to take out a top guy on the other team. Headhunting. They just need to throw one guy out of the league or forfeit a game. Obviously fines and a few game suspension is not working. You should be suspended until the guy you hurt comes back.

    And if he never does, well, your career is over, too, jackass. You stay home for the rest of your career. This is obscene and it gets played over and over and over, turning off people to hockey and giving the game a black-eye.

    You gotta be responsible for your stick, so be responsible for your shoulder and head, too. Even the mere threat of a career suspension would cut down on this kind of dirty play.

  15. nhlbruins90 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    It’s a fast and physical sport, and people will get hurt, but these are pro players and they know how the rules have changed. They’re big boys and they can adapt. When they don’t, they’ll be gone from the game, just like Horton is now.

    This is what the league wants to eliminate. It does the NHL no good to see Crosby sitting on the sidelines half the year, to say nothing of losing Savard and the others. Horton didn’t hit a poorly positioned post at high speed, he hit another player. Adapt or get out.

    • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      Uhhhh, actually the player hit Horton. How do you adapt to that? assume everyone is going to get beheaded three steps after they release the puck?

      • hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        You don’t. The adapting has to come from the hitter not the hittee. In this case, the Canuck is at fault. The league decided 4 games is the answer. Fine, just make sure it’s four games the next time someone else does it. Consistency will stop this stuff. 5 minute majors for intent to injure should carry automatic suspensions of at least 1 game – period. Regardless of who the offender is.

        But don’t think this couldn’t have easily been a Bruins player putting the same hit on a Canucks player. Contrary to popular belief on this site, the Bruins aren’t angels out there either. This is a league wide problem that all 30 teams are guilty of.

      • nhlbruins90 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        I see how my comment can be misunderstood. Of course, I mean the HITTING player has to adapt to the new rules. Poorly worded.

    • manhorse69 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Exactly, the adapttion has to come from the hitter. There have ben hits over the years, even this year, where a legal hit has resulted in an injury. A guy can get concussed by a hit while he’s carrying the puck too and those are the breaks. It would be great if the league were more consistent with this punishment and hopefully this situation will serve as at least a warning or a precedent for future punishment. It could have easily been a reversal of this situation and every Canuck out there would be calling for Chara or Ferrence or whoever to be thrown out of the league for putting one of the Sedin bros. down. What gets to me, as I’ve posted elsewhere, is that the Bruins don’t seem to be dening that they’re a rough team and have taken the position of “dish it out and expect to get it back”. Vancouver has been whining and diving and hiding behind a reputation of speed and finesse to play the victim when they’re really just as guilty of all this stuff as the Bruins. I don’t love all the extracurricular stuff but if you’re going to do it, own up to it.

  16. kenchambers - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I’m surprised that NBC allows this type of language and name calling. You’re asking guys on the ice to respect each other more but you can’t be civil in your language.
    As a hockey fan I find this type of behavior offensive

    • bruins18 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      ha

  17. kenchambers - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    I’m taking about you frobaggins

  18. hystoracle - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Looking past this series, a severe concussion could mean a late start to next season for Horton. That may be the worst part of it. Horton’s a P.I.A. on the ice (for opposing teams) but you never want to see a guy’s career in jeopardy because of an unnecessary play.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      Both the NHL and NFL are coming to terms with this problem. Nothing will focus your attention faster than seeing your marquee player (Sidney Crosby) banged up for half the season and the playoffs. He may come back next season and be the SOS (same old Sidney), but we really don’t know that yet. Only time will tell. Same applies to Horton. That was a hell of a hit. And the list goes on.

    • govtminion - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      100% agreed. I’m looking at that hit and thinking of Sid Crosby missing half a season, ruined careers for guys like Pat LaFontaine, Eric Lindros, Marc Savard… I don’t care if you’re a Bruins fan, Canucks fan, or any other team- that’s a scary thought. That was a Bruins top player on the ice last night, but it could have just as easily been a Sedin brother. It could have been Stamkos, or Heatley, or Ovechkin, or any number of top talent players.

      We’re never going to eliminate the threat of players getting hurt- it’s a contact sport, if you don’t like that part of hockey you might want to consider tennis instead. But hits like this, like Matt Cooke’s repeated stupidity… I really want to see this sort of behavior go the way of the dodo, because I’m tired of seeing the game’s great players (and Horton is one of them) get injuries like this. I can’t help but to sometimes wonder if we’re overdue to see an NHL player die right there on the ice in front of 18,000 silent fans- I hope not.

  19. mrcowpatty - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    The best way to stop the bull shit on the ice is simple. If you get a penalty, you sit in the box for at least 4 minutes. If the other team scores while your in the penalty box, tough shit, you stay in the penalty box for the whole 4 minutes. And if you commit a flagrant foul your team plays with 4 people.
    But then again I don’t watch hockey because it looks like the show my wife watches, Dancing with the Stars.

    I’ll give myself a thumbs down.

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