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Horton Strikes Twice

Winger's two-goal night leads Bruins past Lightning in Tampa

Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 11:48 PM / Features
By Eric Russo  -
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Horton Strikes Twice
The last time Nathan Horton scored multiple goals, before Thursday night\u2019s game against Tampa Bay, was January 17, 2012 (also against the Lightning). That was before he suffered another concussion and was forced to miss the rest of the season.

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Features – The last time Nathan Horton scored multiple goals, before Thursday night’s game against Tampa Bay, was January 17, 2012 (also against the Lightning). That was before he suffered his second concussion in under a year and was forced to miss the rest of the season.

Horton’s performance in the Black & Gold’s 4-2 victory over the Lightning showed how far he has come in his recovery. Horton potted a pair of goals to give him six on the season, good for second on the Bruins behind Brad Marchand, who has nine.

The line of Horton, Milan Lucic, and David Krejci was buzzing all night and they didn’t waste any time in setting a tone.

Just 1:11 into the game, Horton picked up a loose puck at his own blue line and skated into the Lightning’s zone. He found Krejci, who tried to get it back to Horton, but the pass was broken up.

The puck bounced right to Dougie Hamilton, skating in from the blue line. Hamilton’s shot was knocked down in the crease and Horton, who had circled the net, came out front and fired the puck into a wide open net to give the B’s a 1-0 lead.

“Feels a lot better when you’re playing with the lead,” said Horton, who also had a game-high six shots on goal. “That’s what we wanted, we want to get out there and have a quick start. We got two quick ones; I think that was the key to the game, key to our start for sure.

“We had a good start, I think that’s what carried it through the game.”

Horton’s second goal came just over two minutes into the third period, with the Bruins holding on to a 3-2 lead. It was scored from almost the exact same spot as his first goal, but required a totally different set of skills.

After Krejci picked up the puck along the half wall, and delivered a through-the-legs pass to Hamilton at the point, Hamilton fired a pass across the blue line to Zdeno Chara. Chara then fired a slapper to the front of the net, where Horton redirected the puck past Lightning goalie Anders Linback, to put the Bruins up by two.

“We didn’t talk about it, but he made a great play on the goal,” said Horton, when asked if he and Chara had set up the play beforehand. “I didn’t know the goalie was out that far. I don’t know if somebody pushed him out, but he was out far and I just tipped it to the net and the net was wide open. It was a great play by Zdeno.

“Goalies come out so far to challenge now, they try to take away the angle and you get the back door plays and the rebounds. That’s where we score a lot of the goals.”

Horton had two golden chances at a hat trick in the closing seconds of the game, but twice hit iron with the goal empty.

Besides those two missed opportunities, B’s Head Coach, Claude Julien, thought his team was much better at capitalizing on its chances. He gave much of the credit to Horton for leading the way.

“Horts couldn’t finish his hat trick, I don’t know how many chances he got,” Julien quipped following the victory. “But we did finish much, much better tonight – around the net we were burying them.

“You look at Horts – both goals – [on the first goal] he really shot that thing hard like there was a purpose behind it. We need to do a little bit more of that. [If] guys like Horts start scoring, it makes our team that much better.”

Julien was happy to see Horton have success, especially with the adversity No. 18 has had to face over the past year. Coach added that when Horton plays like he did on Thursday night, the Bruins have a special player.

“He was good tonight,” Julien said. “That’s what you want to see more from him, is that powerful winger, he’s one of the elite right wingers in the league when he’s on top of his game.

“He’s got so much potential, and we know that he’s been through some tough times with that concussion. Hopefully we get him back healthy here and get some consistency out of his game, because he certainly deserves it.”




1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43


P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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