His ice time severely limited by head coach Claude Julien in the third period of the Bruins’ win Tuesday night, winger Nathan Horton finished the night with zero shots on goal.
TheBruinsBlog.net looks back at the top 10 Bruins moments of calendar year 2010.
After finishing last in the entire NHL in goal-scoring but still reaching the second round of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had a mandate: improve his club’s offense.
Now that the Bruins’ season is past the one-third pole and the team has played every club in the Eastern Conference at least once, I thought it’d be interesting to crunch some numbers.
WILMINGTON, Mass. – Even though the Bruins’ game in Philadelphia Wednesday night might mean more to David Krejci than many of the rest of his teammates who also suffered that historic defeat to the Flyers last spring, he knows he has to channel his energies when he hits the ice on Broad Street.
Appearance-wise, the Florida fans (however many of them bother to show up Wednesday night in Sunrise, Fla.) probably won’t recognize Nathan Horton.
Unless something changes overnight, he’ll probably be sporting the same grin he has been wearing ever since he first joined the Bruins and escaped what he obviously deemed to be an ill-fitting situation with the Panthers last June.
BOSTON – Milt Schmidt played in an era when skill players and fighters and checkers weren’t divided into groups.
If you played in the NHL in the Hall-of-Famer’s day, you did it all. And if you’re Nathan Horton, and you’re trying to squash all rumors about your lack of passion and love for the game you make your living playing, sometimes you have to pretend like you’re in Milt Schmidt’s era.
BOSTON — Although the Bruins lost for just the second time this season tonight, Nathan Horton continued his hot hand with his fifth goal of the season in six Bruins games.
He didn’t rip through his equipment and uniform at the 9:23 mark of the Bruins’ 3-1 win at Washington tonight, but Milan Lucic did get pushed over the line and finally threw down with Capitals giant John Erskine in a bout that ended with a takedown by the Boston winger.
Bruins center Gregory Campbell probably knows winger Nathan Horton best among those in the Boston locker room because the two came over together in the offseason trade with Florida.
So there’s no better Bruins player to decipher Horton’s fast start than Campbell.
When the Bruins acquired Nathan Horton, they billed him as the sniper they were missing. On the season’s first weekend, he didn’t disappoint — as he scored three goals in two games.
BOSTON — After he didn’t get to skate against his old team the Florida Panthers Thursday night in Rochester, N.Y., it looks like Nathan Horton will face them Saturday night at TD Garden in the Bruins’ first home preseason game.
Horton briefly spoke with the media after practice today.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Six NHL seasons came and went with Nathan Horton in a Florida Panthers sweater and the playoffs starting without South Florida’s entry in the league participating.
Now that trend might finally end for Horton, who got a head start on his drive to compete in postseason play by taking part in the Bruins’ first captains’ practice of the 2010-11 season some 10 days before the official opening of training camp.
Until they hit the ice in Prague this fall and do some things to erase the memory of their springtime disaster against Philadelphia, the Bruins will be ensconced in the Boston sports doghouse.
After adding Nathan Horton via trade from Florida Tuesday, the club has to hope it hasn’t just added another dog to the pack.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was unable to discuss the Nathan Horton trade with the media today because of his travel schedule heading to Los Angeles for this weekend’s draft. Until I get some questions answered by him, I’m going to postpone my full-blown analysis of the deal.
But here are a couple quick thoughts:
•The Bruins were victimized by a roster with “too many passengers” (still love that Mark Recchi quote) last season. Horton has been accused of riding shotgun a little too much in Florida. Head coach Claude Julien has been known to work wonders with guys like this, but it has to be a two-way street. So when it comes to working hard every night, Horton is in Missouri — show me! It’s going to be great to watch this unfold.
While the majority of his charming of the Bruins fans will have to be done with his stick and his skates come fall, newly acquired winger Nathan Horton impressed many today during an introductory conference call when he read off a laundry list of Bruins greats – including Phil Esposito, Gerry Cheevers and his agent Bobby Orr – that he wants to make proud in black and gold.
Horton’s hoping that leaving the instability (five coaches in six seasons) and indifference of South Florida will help him get his NHL career back on track. The No. 3 overall pick in 2003 has seen his goal total decrease from 31 to 27 to 22 to 20 over the last four seasons.