BOSTON -- Concussed winger Nathan Horton made a surprise visit to the Bruins' dressing room after watching his teammates roll to a 4-0 victory over the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals. Horton is out for the playoffs after Aaron Rome unloaded with a blindside check in Game Three.
Horton, a popular player since joining the Bruins last summer, spoke to his teammates afterward and told them he was proud of their effort without him. The Bruins have outscored the Canucks, 12-1, since he was taken away on a stretcher after being knocked unconscious. The series is tied with Game Five set for Friday in Vancouver.
"We didn't know he was coming in," said Rich Peverley, who scored two goals after being bumped to the top line Wednesday. "Everyone saw him and was really excited. Nobody had seen him since everything happened. Just to see him and have a smile on his face was important to us."
Horton presented a teammate, presumably Tim Thomas, with a jacket given to the MVP of the game. He had the jacket after scoring the winner in Game Seven over Tampa Bay in the conference finals. He was in the hosptal and therefore wasn't in the dressing room to present it after Game Three. His teammates decided it would stay with him until he was healthy enough to handle the honors.
Thomas stopped 78 of the 79 shots he faced during the two games in Boston. Roberto Luongo gave up 12 goals over the same span and was chased from the net after surrendering Peverley's second goal Wednesday night. Remember, Luongo was benched for Game Six in the opening round against the Blackhawks but came back when Cory Schneider was injured.
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--- Bucky Gleason