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Dion Phaneuf hit doesn’t leave Nathan Horton hurt

May 9, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

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Breathe easy, Boston Bruins fans; Nathan Horton told ESPN that he’s feeling OK after receiving an attention-grabbing check by Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

Bruins coach Claude Julien captured Wednesday’s scene quite well. While the team was elated that David Krejci scored the overtime winner in Game 5, there was plenty of concern over the hit that opened the door for that tally.

“That winning goal, that was one of those where you’ve got one eye looking at that outnumbered situation, your other eye looking at if your other guy is going to be getting up,” Julien said. “So it’s a little bit of both. But when that goal was scored, the first thing I did was look if Nathan was still on the ice or if he was up. He’s fine. It was a bit of a body blow from an aggressive forecheck on Phaneuf’s part, and it ended playing in our favor.”

When you consider the concussion history for Horton, 27, the worry was that a big win also came with a big loss. Unless the team’s covering up an issue, it appears they dodged that bullet.

Check out the hit, which happens in the opening moments of Krejci’s winner:

Related: Phaneuf takes blame for goal.

  1. imleftcoast - May 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    So he was diving.

    • dentals1 - May 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Yeah he even threw his stick 15 feet in the air to complete the illusion.

      • esracerx46 - May 9, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        The stick flying is the only reason that hit looked violent. Phaneuf got very little of Horton’s body and got mostly his arms as Horton was trying to poke it up the boards.

  2. theskinsman - May 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Thankfully, he wasn’t hurt, and it most likely will cost Toronto the series. Go Bruins!

  3. r8rbhawk - May 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    In a related story, Dion Phaneuf is listed as questionable with a bruised ego

  4. nunan - May 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I thought maybe he hurt his arm. The hit missed his head but hit him in the arm(s), hence the launching of his stick, and then he stayed down for a second. Let’s classify it as an ‘upper body injury’ that won’t keep him out. I think that covers all bases.

  5. maalea - May 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Looked like a dive to me.

  6. kmacle - May 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Did kind of look like a dive. But, if you watch the replay closely you’ll see that Horton leaned to his right and avoided the upper body contact. That put his left leg into Phaneuf’s path, and that contact is what sent him pinwheeling.

  7. pastabelly - May 10, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Their legs seemed to collide. It probably hurt, but did not injure. With the lower 2013-14 salary cap rules, Horton is playing for a roster spot. He should get a new deal.

    • dentals1 - May 10, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Horton’s numbers are worth keeping him around, but it is scary that two of their top six forwards are one concussion away from an Eric Lindros like ending to their careers.

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