Horton/By S. Bradley

Imagine what might’ve been had Nathan Horton not had to wait seven years to get his first experience in the NHL playoffs.

After all, his first journey in the postseason has been nothing short of magical. With the season on the line last night, Horton stepped up and scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Bruins over Montreal, 4-3, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the rivals.

For his efforts, Horton is the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night.

Horton’s goal was his third of the series and his second overtime winner in consecutive home games. The Florida Panthers obviously missed on benefiting from a clutch player by not putting the type of team around Horton that could reach the playoffs at least once. The Bruins are glad to have him.

Honorable mention: Tim Thomas (34-for-37 saves) and Andrew Ference (2 assists) of Boston; Tomas Plekanec (1-1-2) of Montreal; Dwayne Roloson (36-for-36 saves) and Sean Bergenheim (G) of Tampa Bay.

Last night’s scores
Boston 4, Montreal 3 (OT)
Tampa Bay 1, Pittsburgh 0

Tonight’s games
Nashville at Vancouver, 9