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What a coincidence: Aaron Rome breaks hand while Nathan Horton returns to action

Sep 26, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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When last we saw Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins, he was being stretchered off the ice during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals after suffering a brutal hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome. With just over three months since the incident, Horton was back on the ice for the first time since Game 3, suiting up against Montreal in a preseason game in Nova Scotia.

While Horton looked great in his return to the ice, the man who put him out of action, Aaron Rome, was, depending on your set of beliefs, dealing with a bit of karmic retribution at home against San Jose. Rome was knocked out of the game with a broken hand in the second period.

Rome’s shot to Horton in Game 3 of the finals arguably turned the tide of the series as the Bruins headed into Game 3 down 2-0 in the series. From the point Horton was knocked out of action, the Bruins owned the Canucks at every game in Boston beating the Canucks down in games that weren’t even close to competitive.

Vancouver losing Rome with a broken hand hurts their defensive depth and while they’ve got all their guys back this year, getting the season off on that note isn’t so hot. Meanwhile in Boston, Horton’s return helps solidify the Bruins’ top line with Horton teaming up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic to bring a physical scoring line to the ice every night.

The coincidence of seeing Horton returning and Rome going out of action on the same night isn’t lost here. It certainly makes us want to do a little “My Name Is Earl” work to go back and right any wrongs from the past that might come back to bite us in the rear end. At the very least, if there’s any believers in bad karma in the NHL, they might think twice about taking that pointless shot at a defenseless player. At the very least, they should fear Brendan Shanahan stepping in and getting his pound of flesh via suspension. Karma or Shanahan? You make the call.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Still wasn’t a head shot. A late hit? You can argue that. But it wasn’t a head shot. Shouldn’t a player be held accountable for keeping his head up?

    • denverwally - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:42 AM

      Not a shot to the head? Have you even seen the play? Horton was out cold before he ever hit the ice, and you don’ get your eggs scrambled like that from a hit to the shoulder. It was a head shot, plain and simple and it was 3 full strides after his pass. I wish the Vancouver fans would quit trying to put the blame on Horton. It was a dirty hit, he was suspended for it. Deal with it, and live with it.

      • nardwar - Sep 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        Actually, the ruling was it was a late hit, not a headshot. Had the hit been 2 seconds after Horton played the puck instead of 2.5 seconds, no suspension. I’ve given up on trying to explain to people that .5 seconds is not enough time to change course and speed when committed to a hit.

        And I’m pretty sure getting the longest suspension in Stanley Cup history is “karmic retribution” enough. I don’t understand why whistles are put away in the finals and yet all of a sudden suspensions escalate immensely, but I’m sure Greg Campbell could explain it to me.

        All that being said, I’m glad Rome’s suspension set a precedent that is being followed this year for drastically longer suspensions for illegal hits. I don’t think the SCF is the time to set a precedent and that is the purpose of the pre-season, but at least Shanahan is bringing consistency to supplemental discipline at long last.

  2. breakaway11 - Sep 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    “Vancouver losing Rome with a broken hand hurts their defensive depth and while they’ve got all their guys back this year,”

    All their guys back? Like Christian Ehrhoff… great reporting there Joe.

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