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Claude Julien unhappy after Sestito head shot on Horton goes unnoticed

Jan 23, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

If you were wondering where Nathan Horton was towards the end of the Bruins’ 6-5 shootout win over Philly, you weren’t alone.

Horton was held out of the third period and overtime thanks to a hit in the head by Flyers forward Tom Sestito. After seeing what Horton went through last year after being hit unknowingly by Vancouver’s Aaron Rome in the Stanley Cup finals, Horton and the Bruins are a bit more sensitive about seeing guys hit in the head.

You can see Sestito’s hit in this crude video from YouTube.

After the game, Claude Julien sounded off to’s Joe Haggerty about the play and why Horton stayed off the ice.

“There was a blindside hit on Horton. [The Washington game] is two days away, so we’ll see,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to our trainers or even get a doctor’s report to see how severe it is right now. I guess we’ll find out in the next few days here, but certainly [the doctors] didn’t allow him to come back in this game.”

It was good to see the doctors do their job there and erring on the safe side, but whether or not the NHL decides to take action against Sestito is still undecided. This play seems like it falls right in the wheelhouse for Brendan Shanahan to pick up the phone.

  1. bcjim - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Oh, please, cry me a river, fatty.

  2. jagrbomb18 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Looked as if Horton was ok to me….Boston is a physical team…they got pushed around a bit yesterday…shut up Barney rubble

  3. xxshookonexx - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Karma is fun. Keep those concussions coming Flyers

    • kellyb9 - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Completely possible that you don’t quite understand karma because, if you did, you wouldn’t be mocking the Flyers concussion issues.

      • xxshookonexx - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

        Completely possible that I’ll take my chances

  4. dmacirish - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    wasnt high, no penalty and your video sucks – doesnt show anything check the you tube and you can find more.

  5. cowboys282 - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Pretty disgusting seeing some of these comments of people happy someone got a head injury. A real sports fan would never wish injury on their rivals.

    Horton plays the game the right way and the last thing anyone should want to see is an issue of concussions. His history of concussions all started with one of the cheapest shot possible by Aaron Rome.

    Guess teams are starting to realize they can’t beat the Bruins so they mine as well try to injure them. And judging by some of these comments that makes people happy. And that’s a scary thought.

    • dalimanvan - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      The hit by rome was not Hortons first concussion, and in no way was it a cheap shot, yes it was a late hit, however i was always taught keep your head up, can’t play with your head down in today’s nhl. I have seen many more worse (cheap shot type hits than Rome’s on Horton) in the last couple years, I am not condoning Rome’s hit, just saying it wasn’t a cheap shot.

    • bruinz99 - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      What do you expect from Philly fans? The Eagles stadium has holding cells on site for the most fairweather of all sports fan. They’re sore because they got spanked in the SC playoffs. Haha

  6. habsman - Jan 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    The dirtiest team in the league complaining about head shots. Thats kind of funny. Especially on one of the top 5 sucker punchers (Horton) on the team. Karma manifested itself last year with Rome’s hit on Horton in the playoffs.

    This is just Julien’s attempt at politics. He knows the entire league is onto their cheap shot act. Just far too many incidents and far too many spotlights. Sorry, you can’t play the victim after getting away with countless cheap shots over the past couple of years. Maybe time to trade Greg?

    • back2backbees - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM


  7. rexadelphia8 - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Quit crying, you got beat the f up yesterdaY , we have a shitty goalie but our dogs were bigger and badder.

    • back2backbees - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
      • back2backbees - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM


    • cowboys282 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Hey Rex did we watch the same game? Did you happen to watch any of the 3 fights? You seem confused. The Bruins did not get beat up they did the beating up. Did you see Hartnell turtle to Thornton?

      You may have administered the most cheap shots in the game but that’s about it. If you think the Bruins got beat up then you didn’t watch the game.

      Hey Rex remember when the Bruins swept the Flyers last year? That was fun. Bet you think the Bruins got beat up in that series to right?

      • whlskey - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        If we’re doing the whole history lessons thing today, I do believe we should discuss the Flyers v. Bruins playoff series two years ago as well… Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Bruins become only the third team in the history of the NHL to squander a commanding 3-0 series lead by winning the first 3 games, only to lose the next 4 in a row. But that’s not the most historic part, the most historic part is when they created NHL history by being the only one, of those three historic teams, to blow a 3-0 lead in Game 7, as well as their 3-0 series lead.. And you can save yourself the whole “Yea, but we won the Cup last year, whereas the Flyers lost in 6 to Chicago” cause I already understand that. Just getting to the Stanley Cup finals is a feat in itself, let alone winning Lord Stanley’s Cup, but that being said, I’d rather have my team swept in the playoffs as retribution for what they did to the Bruins the year prior, than create NHL history in regards to losing a playoff series after going up 3-0 in the series and 3-0 in Game 7.. You’re Welcome.

  8. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I bet the whole Boston bench came of to protect and defend Horton cuz he can’t defend himself… JOKING, I bet chara came in and all the the rats(bruins) hid up his ass

    • back2backbees - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM


      • habsman - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM


  9. trigzter - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Horton was so hurt by the hit that he was able to stand right back up and push sesito back. headshot my ass

  10. rexadelphia8 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Boston sux , zzzzzzzzz

    • drewzducks - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Kate Smith ain’t walking through that door losers. Though I’ll trade Rene Rancourt for that hottie Lauren Hart any day of the week.

  11. danphipps01 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    It’s strange a team that is amongst the League’s leaders in suspension time complains so much about being victimized. I actually do think that’s a pretty bad hit. I’d give him a couple games off at least, possibly more. But Julien, despite coaching a team including Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand, plays the victim and beaks to the media with his “poor us” business almost as much as Alain Vigneault. Some dignity would be appreciated. See: Babcock, Mike.

  12. dropthepuckeh - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Bruins crush Philly yet again and skate away with two points, game over. I’m pretty sure they have moved on and are enjoying their celebration at the White House as Stanley Cup champions.

    The difference between Boston and Vancouver/Montreal is that the Bruins will answer for anything they do or have done to them. All of the Bruins are willing to drop the gloves if the situation warrants it. You saw Kelly do it yesterday and its what sets them apart in the league and clearly ahead of Vancouver and Montreal. They don’t need to sucker punch – they drop the gloves and fight like men.

    • drewzducks - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Agree with you on their willingness to back up their words and actions. If every team played the same way as them, the flyers, blues and rangers it would be a much more entertaining game.

    • habsman - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      Spin, spin and spin some more.

      Nice try at diminishing the cheap shots in order to justify the cowardly way your team plays.

      Keep up the “spin” but the rest of the league is on to you. Even daddy Colie can’t help you anymore.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        You’re a joke and every non-troll poster knows it.

      • spokedjackets - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Can I change my “if I had a dollar” scenario to “sucker punch” and “spin” or would that just make me greedy?

  13. redrew - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Two slew foots last week…no suspensions. Marchand gets five games. There are league rules and Bruins rules…..joke

  14. rexadelphia8 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Look at wiskeys comment. And take a look at our rookie shenn lighting you up. There are cracks to be exploited in Boston. We have half the team injured. U guys are cheep hitters so wallow in your own pitifulness

  15. rexadelphia8 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Let me guess cowboys… You probably are a dallass fan too. How does that work when you like the bruins, I love fake ass fans, they don’t know shit about the pride of a city

  16. rinkburgers - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    No matter what happened in the game, Philly still has no goaltending. Good luck with Bryz in the playoffs and the 9 year contract.

  17. spokedjackets - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Well its good to see blatant homerism doesnt run amuck here. Lets not turn these post into a childs playground.

    Lets all look at things a bit more sensible and you can see that its a bit late and a bit high. Not the most violent you will see, but certainly worth a look from the league. Enough said.

    Seeing the same losers on here bashing every Bruins post, and the same homers defending them shows a severe lack of maturity in this fun bunch. I should just change my name to phillyandmontrealfulloflosers and make senseless posts no matter the story. FUN RIGHT?!

    • spokedjackets - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Side note maybe you all cant see its high and late cause that video is garbage, but I was watching the game yesterday and it was very evident.

  18. ikillchicken - Jan 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Just more in the long line of Boston hypocrisy. They bitch and moan about Mike Gillis and Vigneaut being whiners but oh what a shock, the moment something doesn’t go Boston’s way you can always count on someone from their organization to pop up and start whining about it. Bloody hypocrites.

  19. crmgoodness - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    You need to read more than the titles of these posts…after reading the Julien quote from the actual article I think most reasonable fans (read: not habsman) would conclude that it’s not actually whining but just a statement of fact. There are no calls for suspension, there is no mention of the other player, just an accurate statement about what took place and his teams response. Julien said:

    “Obviously he got up and took a penalty, but we looked at the replay. When he’s been through what he went through last year and it was a blindside hit, I don’t blame him for doing his job,” said Julien. “If I was in his shoes I probably would have done the same thing. That’s our team. We take care of our own stuff. You saw that a couple of times with Kelly getting run over, and getting stood up for by [Thornton].

    “We stick up for each other. That’s what we do. Sometimes that might get us into trouble, but in the long run we’re a team and we believe in our team concept.”

    Not much whining there…but I’ll do some…

    Sestito has a penchant for head shots and he’s already been suspended twice this year for it so I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that that was a deliberate, late and high targeted hit. Did he decapitate him, no…but does he deserve to sit out a couple of games? If the league wants to be consistent, yes.

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