The way the Bruins’ top line has played of late, you could make an argument for any of the three forwards as the Bruin of the Week every week.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Nathan Horton’s play of late has been filled with so much ferocity, you’d think someone just recently got around to telling him that Massachusetts, unlike Florida, collects state income tax.
The Bruins didn’t set off any fireworks yesterday on trade-deadline day.
Do the Marc Savard-less Bruins have a legitimate No. 1 line that makes opposing defenses shiver every time it hops over the boards?
They were both expected to leave Florida and thrive for contending teams in traditional hockey markets and prove once and for all that skating in Sunrise causes one’s career to get off track.
Well, maybe the whole “Florida effect” is overrated.
BOSTON — No one can say Nathan Horton is averse to change or that he didn’t show a ton of character tonight at TD Garden.
BOSTON — If I was enduring a season that’s essentially turned into one giant slump, I imagine I’d be looking to make any change possible to turn my season around.
The same Raleigh ice that was host to the best of the best for the NHL All-Star Game just two days ago served as the site for another historic occurrence tonight.
Nathan Horton scored.
WILMINGTON, Mass. – While playing in South Florida the last six seasons, Nathan Horton’s scoring slumps probably didn’t attract close to a dozen members of the media to his stall the way his current struggles did today at Ristuccia Arena.
BOSTON – His Colgate smile is ever-present.
His off-ice demeanor is always personable. When he’s on, his shot could seemingly break a hole in a brick wall and his skating stride makes him look like Batman racing to the scene of the crime.
BOSTON – On paper, Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder seem an unlikely pair of wingers for playmaking center Marc Savard.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — While Bruins center Marc Savard lost a chunk of ice time last night against Minnesota due to coach’s decision, Nathan Horton’s time out of the lineup was due to an injury that head coach Claude Julien described today as “discomfort.”
The idea that Nathan Horton’s struggles were some sort of media creation and that he wasn’t deserving of any criticism he received is laughable.
It might pain some Bruins fans to read this, but if you look at this season’s statistics Nathan Horton and Phil Kessel might very well be the same player.
Unbelievably, Bruins head coach Claude Julien wasn’t asked about the benching of Marc Savard and Nathan Horton for the bulk of the third Tuesday after the game.