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The Nathan Horton Hit

June 7th 2011 14:48
First Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron, and now it comes to this. Aaron Rome delivered a nasty, blindside hit on Nathan Horton. But this wasn't a good nasty. This hit was an uncalled for cheap shot in a series filled with them from both teams, but more of them from the Canucks. Horton was carried off to the hospital on a stretcher, leaving the crowed at the TD Garden shocked. "Horty" was lying down on the "B" logo in the middle of the rink.

I hope Aaron Rome is suspended for the entire series. That kind of a hit has no place in hockey, and it should never happen on the biggest stage in hockey. More importantly, however, I hope this injury doesn't hurt Horton's hockey career. These injuries don't just disappear, just ask Trent Green and the innumerable amount of athletes who have suffered these types of injuries in their careers. Severe concussions ruin careers, but at least Horton didn't lose movement in his limbs.

From a hockey perspective, losing Nathan Horton is a crushing blow for the B's. They don't get much offensive production to begin with, and losing your best scorer in the Stanley Cup Finals against the best offensive team in the NHL makes it worse. The Canucks have depth to replace Rome, but there isn't really a player on the Bruins who can fully replace the ice-clutch Horton.

The hit itself came after Horton made a pass, and Rome basically leveled his shoulder into Horton. Horton fell down head-first, and he had to be carted off on a stretcher. These are the hits the NHL has been discussing throughout the season, and one of the most blatant ones happened in the Finals. It will also be interesting to see Rome's response to his devastating hit.

I was really happy to see the Bruins go on a rampage and win 8-1. It was a performance filled with heart and energy, and I honestly hope the Bruins win this series. The usually classy Canucks have been classless in this series. The Alex Burrows bite was just messed up, and I was disgusted to see him not being punished. Max Lapierre taunted the Bruins by referring to his incident in a gesture, and the Canucks are a team that certainly deserve to lose the rest of the series.

Hope He's OK
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Comment by Anonymous

June 7th 2011 15:00
i completely agree. a classless series by the canucks. especially by burrows and rome

Comment by nbageek

June 8th 2011 01:03
Saw replays of the hit, and it does look viscious. Hope Rome gets suspended or something happens to him. Good stuff.

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