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Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments: Horton beats the Habs

Apr 4, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic AP

From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.

Here’s No. 7 — Nathan Horton scoring an overtime game-winner in Game 7 of the Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins series.

The beauty and agony of the playoffs is that the margin between victory and defeat can be paper-thin. The Bruins’ Stanley Cup run is a great testament to that as they needed three Game 7 victories (and one sweep) to win it all, but one could argue that Montreal had them on the ropes the most. So ponder all the “What ifs?” while watching Horton’s OT-winner in Game 7 of the tight first round series:

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“Just getting to the playoffs is all I was really thinking about. This has been a dream come true,” Horton said. “I’m really enjoying it. I’m enjoying it more every day.”

Horton spent the first six seasons of his career with the Florida Panthers, which obviously means that this was the first playoff series of his NHL days. Up until that point, Horton hadn’t been very effective in that series – aside from another OT goal – but he would go on to score another Game 7-winner to launch the Bruins into the Stanley Cup finals. That made this Claude Julien quote quite the prediction:

“He’s been saving it for seven years, right?” Julien said. “So he had a lot of game-winning goals in him.”

Sadly, all indications are that Horton won’t have a chance to conjure more magic in this year’s playoffs because of concussion issues that began in that same magical run.

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  1. itsallniceonice - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Scored 3 GWG and 2 series winning goals, the second goal winning one of the best hockey games I have ever seen. Great playoffs for a guy seeing it for the first time.

  2. jond86 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Heeeyyy! I just posted this video earlier to a delusional habs fan!
    Anyway..Horton was incredible last year. He missed half of this season and still had 17 goals. I hope he can get healthy, enjoy his life, and, fingers crossed, come back and make a significant impact with the Bruins next season.

  3. habsman - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Habs might have won that series if they had MaxPac. But we all know what happened. But thanks alot for reminding us James.

    • bigkniht37 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      hey look at it this way, you have MaxPac this year and finished with the worst record in the east. atleast this year there won’t be any heart break, enjoy the early april weather on the course my friend.

      • habsman - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        Thanks, hope the Habs give the B’s a better run next year.

  4. mcmurphy22 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    I actually got to meet Wes Welker that night, ran home to finish the game…and it quickly became one of the most memorable nights of my life. still have the Horton hears a whoooo paper featuring the Ryder save up on my wall. Too good

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