Skip to content

Dion Phaneuf hit doesn’t leave Nathan Horton hurt

May 9, 2013, 6:26 PM EST

nathanhortongetty Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Stars’ Lehtonen earned his assist last night

    Nov 23, 2014, 3:13 PM EST

    Kari Lehtonen AP

    He set up Tyler Seguin’s breakaway goal.

  2. Photo: Apparently a shot broke Brian Elliott’s cup

    Nov 23, 2014, 12:15 PM EST

    brokencup

    He shared the evidence and a boatload of hashtags.

  3. Daniel Sedin will play his 1,000th game today

    Nov 23, 2014, 11:39 AM EST

    Arizona Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks Getty Images

    His twin Henrik will play his 1,031st.

  4. Video: Jagr’s blind assist is quite the sight

    Nov 23, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

    Jaromir Jagr,  Jordan Eberle AP

    The kind of pass you’d don a mullet wig for.

  5. AHL’s Frozen Dome Classic breaks U.S. indoor hockey attendance record

    Nov 23, 2014, 9:33 AM EST

    bigcrowd

    The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets drew more than 30,000 fans.

  6. Road woes leave Kings quaking

    Nov 23, 2014, 2:30 AM EST

    Los Angeles Kings v Dallas Stars Getty Images

    L.A. has won only once away from Staples Center this season.

  7. Firing Dallas Eakins ‘would be so unfair,’ says Taylor Hall

    Nov 23, 2014, 1:34 AM EST

    DallasEakins2 Getty Images

    Edmonton lost 7-1 on home ice. Six straight losses.

  8. Video: Toews scores beauty backhander and the Oilers are losing again

    Nov 22, 2014, 10:56 PM EST

    Jonathan Toews Getty Images

    Meanwhile, Edmonton at risk of losing six straight.

  9. Video: Downie fights Hamonic as Penguins-Islanders rivalry heats up

    Nov 22, 2014, 9:56 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders Getty Images

    New York takes both games of home-and-home set with Pittsburgh.

Featured video

Coaches in and out of the hot seat

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. V. Hedman (2757)
  2. P. Sharp (2555)
  3. P. Datsyuk (2496)
  4. S. Crosby (2041)
  5. P. Dupuis (2017)
  1. B. Marchand (1966)
  2. D. Krejci (1806)
  3. B. Dubinsky (1779)
  4. Z. Chara (1732)
  5. J. Harding (1731)