Horton/By S. Bradley

Regardless of how long this Bruins playoff run lasts, Nathan Horton is never going to have to buy another beer in Boston again.

The veteran power forward, who was an instant fan favorite from the time he was traded to the Bruins because he gave their league-worst offense an instant boost, followed up his Game 5 overtime goal against Montreal with another sudden-death score in Game 7. Any time your a key component in a defeat of the hated Habs, you earn folk hero status in the Hub.

Based practically on that series-clinching goal alone, Horton was voted the Bruin of the Week by readers of TheBruinsBlog.net:

Who should be the Bruin of the Week?

  • Nathan Horton (61%, 60 Votes)
  • Brad Marchand (20%, 20 Votes)
  • Dennis Seidenberg (19%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 99

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Although it’s taken a little longer to get there than first hoped, Horton has reached 30 goals for the season with his four postseason scores. His 30th came in the Bruins’ Game 1 win over Philadelphia.

He’s been a physical presence and an emotional leader as well for the Bruins’ cause. It’s been a great first season in Boston for Horton, who might have more clutch goals in his stick as this playoff run continues.