Nathan Horton suffered a concussion after a high hit from Canucks' defensemen Aaron Rome in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. What most did not know, was that Horton was actually playing with a separated shoulder before the concussion injury.
Horton was second on the team in points with 8 goals and 17 points before he went down with the concussion. So it is quite amazing to see Horton put up those numbers with a separated shoulder. Even more impressive was that three of Horton’s goals were game winners. Two of those goals clinched a series for the Bruins. In Game 7 against Montreal he scored from the point in OT to win it 4-3, and against Tampa Bay late in Game 7 during third period to win it 1-0.
Horton showed grit and toughness throughout the season and playoffs. Which is exactly why the Bruins brought him in. Not only is he a very skilled player but he is also a very gritty player who is not afraid to go into the dirty areas on the ice. Horton stands at 6 ft 2, and one would think Cam Neely had something to do with the Bruins acquiring this power forward last off-season.
Horton finished the regular season with 26 goals and 53 points, which ranked fourth on the Black & Gold in points. He also logged 85 PIMs (Penalties In Minutes), which is pretty impressive since Claude Julien didn’t even have him on the power play to begin the season.
Horton is expected to have shoulder surgery over the off-season to recover from his separated shoulder.