Nathan Horton To Miss Rest Of Stanley Cup Finals After This Hit From Aaron Rome (Video)
If the Stanley Cup Finals series between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks wasn’t interesting after Alex Burrows’ finger biting in Game 1, or Maxim Lapierre’s finger taunting in Game 2, it certainly got interesting after what transpired during Game 3.
Some of that interest may have to do with the fact that Boston was able to win their first game of the series by an 8-1 score, cutting Vancouver’s series lead to 2-1, but most of it likely has to do with the crushing hit delivered by Aaron Rome on Nathan Horton, which will force the Bruins’ forward to miss the remainder of the playoffs, and may have the same effect on the Canucks’ defenseman after the league decides on the length of a suspension.
Just over five minutes into the first period, Horton carried the puck through the neutral zone and dished it off to linemate Milan Lucic. Seconds later, he was crushed by Aarone Rome at the Canucks blueline. Horton remained on the ice motionless for several minutes before being stretchered off the ice and taken to a local hospital.
Near the end of the first period, the players and fans in the TD Gardens were informed via the jumbotron that Horton was alert and able to move his extremities. That seemed to give the Bruins players a sense of relief going into the dressing room for the first intermission, and they came out looking like a different team in the second, as they scored four goals in the period, and added another four in the third, en route to the 8-1 victory.
For those who don’t remember, it was a questionable hit by the Canucks’ Raffi Torres on the Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook that sparked the Chicago’s rally from 3-0 down to tie their first-round series at 3-3 earlier in this year’s playoffs. However, the Canucks went on to win Game 7 in overtime.
With last night’s loss, it appears as though another dirty hit by a Canucks player has helped ignite the opposition. Boston will look to use Rome’s hit as motivation going forward, while the Canucks will want to redeem themselves following the embarrassing beating they endured on the scoreboard last night.
Yes, things have certainly become interesting once again in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. It appears as though we now have a series on our hands. Could this hit by Rome on Horton be the turning point?