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Flyers aware of Horton heroics

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 9:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 ECSF: Philadelphia-Boston Live Blog

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2011 ECSF: Philadelphia-Boston Live Blog
Flyers aware of Horton heroics
It's a pretty good bet that at least one of the games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals pitting the Flyers and Bruins goes to overtime. After all, two of the seven games in last year's epic showdown needed an extra period.

This season, Nathan Horton has been an overtime gem for the Bruins. The 6-foot-2, 229-pound wing connected for the double-overtime winner in Game 5 against the Montreal Canadiens and the OT clincher in the decisive Game 7.

Needless to say, the Flyers are well aware of Horton's heroic efforts.
Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates scoring the over time game winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens

"He is a natural goal scorer," Flyers captain Mike Richards said. "When you have that, it's always a threat when he's on the ice. He is a good forward with a great shot. I can remember in juniors (when Horton played with the Oshawa Generals), he always had that knack to be around the net and find those quiet holes. He has a good shot to go with that."

Horton was acquired in a trade with the Florida Panthers that sent he and Gregory Campbell to Boston in exchange for Dennis Wideman and draft picks during the offseason. In addition to Horton's major contributions with the top line, Campbell has been a steady center on Boston's fourth line all season.

"He scored a couple of big goals for them," Pronger said of Horton. "Obviously the two overtime winners and he's a guy that gets to the net. He has a great shot and you got to take away his time and space and kind of be strong on the puck."

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