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Horton: “I’m not Wayne Gretzky”

Jan 18, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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Being a pro hockey player can be filled with tests. When you get called out by your coach, the way Claude Julien did to Nathan Horton, how you respond to criticism makes for a tough test.

While the Bruins lost to Tampa Bay last night in a disappointing effort, the one guy that did show up was Horton. Horton had two goals on the night and showed what he can do when he asserts himself. Did he have any encouraging words for his coach after showing up in a big way on the score sheet?

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty finds out that Horton kept things in check by pointing out the obvious.

“I definitely need to get shots on net more. I’m not Wayne Gretzky. Sometimes people think I am. I want to do the best I can and I’m out there trying. Whether it’s back-checking or just working hard I just always want to be myself. I do need to get my shots off and get more than one or two . . . that’s something I need to work on.”

If Wayne Gretzky played for these Bruins he’d be even better protected than he was when he had Marty McSorely and Dave Semenko watching his back. As it is, Horton getting his game back last night was the lone bright spot for the Bruins in what turned out to be a miserable effort against one of the East’s worst teams.

Maybe Julien can spend today calling everyone else out that failed to show up last night.

  1. bigtganks - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    “I’m not Wayne Gretzky. Sometimes people think I am.”

    Wow, lingering concussion symptoms?

  2. ballistictrajectory - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    ***Maybe Julien can spend today calling everyone else out that failed to show up last night.***

    It would be easier to list the ones he’s not calling out. With the exception of three or four standouts, everyone else appears to be trying too hard. Passes are on opponents sticks, breakaways, puck chasing, etc… Not good for the group going to the White House. Maybe Nose-Face can show the Prez how it’s done on skates.

    I wouldn’t say anyone is phoning it in, like the 5 from last season were, but some decent situational awareness would help.

  3. solador78 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    You’re no Tim Horton either.

  4. lsxphotog - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Who thinks he’s Wayne Gretzky?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      The little voice inside his head. The one most of us have which says ridiculous things and tends to be ignored by most of us.

  5. drewzducks - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks for clearing that up Nathan.

  6. janetsmz - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Wow “I’m not Wayne Gretzky. Sometimes people think I am.”
    You are even not close to Gretzky, you idiot! Holy f$&@! Wake up!
    All roads lead to Rome eh Horton

    • nhlbruins90 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Janet, nice job sticking up for your man. Horton’s married to a hot blond too, maybe that adds to the confusion.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:52 AM

        What NHLer isn’t married to a hot blonde puck-bunny?

  7. nhlbruins90 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    This is a tough stretch for the B’s. Mid season, lots of games, White House distraction, coming off an incredible stretch of wins. They’re bound to come back down to Earth for a bit. As long as they don’t collapse into the Cup hangover of October, they’ll be just fine. They’re just fine.

    Marchand will provide a needed spark after his five game respite. I’d take this opportunity to play Rask more. Give Thomas a little down time, which he might need. Give Rask some more action, which he wants and can handle better than most number ones.

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