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Horton Finds Comfort Zone, Early Season Success with B’s

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA – Since his arrival here in Boston, forward Nathan Horton has consistently expressed his excitement about being a part of the legendary Hub of Hockey, and B’s fans alike have been extremely eager to have the always-smiling forward on the squad.

Boston Bruins Nathan Horton, center, reacts with his teammates, David Krejci, right, and Zdeno Chara, left, after scoring during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game between Boston Bruins and Bili Tygri Liberec in Liberec, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
But besides the rookie-esque enthusiasm for the game that has yet to wear off of this eight-year veteran, Horton has found a real comfort zone with the Bruins, easing into a role as one of the team’s top offensive threats.

“Well, you know, when something good happens, we always find something that maybe isn’t good enough, but if he can score three goals on every five shots, I’ll take it, so that’s my positive way of looking at it,” head coach Claude Julien joked after practice in Wilmington on Thursday.

After scoring those three goals in the team’s first two regular season games, Horton is feeling right at home and seems to be in midseason form here with the Bruins.

“I just try to get [the puck] off quick and you know, obviously, sometimes I don’t, but I try to do it for the most part and that’s how you score on goalies,” Horton said.

However, Horton is quick to shy away from taking all of the recognition for his early success, and instead, gives credit where credit is due.

“Obviously, it’s your linemates, it’s your team, and you know, it’s the guys you play with,” the winger said. “You can’t make anything happen without your teammates.

“I think, like I’ve said all along, just two amazing players I’m playing with. They’re so talented and it’s just been a lot of fun. Great players, great guys, and we get along great, so, so far, so good.”

Coach Julien added to Horton’s sentiment, explaining that the Welland, Ontario native’s linemates have had a lot to due with his ability to find the back of the net so often and so early in the season.

“He’s got the privilege of playing with a pretty good centerman here, [David Krejci], that will find him when he’s open, so he’s taking advantage of that,” Julien said.

Of course Julien mentioned that Horton has already become a great asset for this team, not only for the goal scoring, but for his many other hockey attributes, as well.

“I think the one thing is he’s a goal scorer, but if you look at his physique, he’s a pretty strong individual and you’re not going to push him around or move him around that easily.”

“He protects the puck well and most of the time, he comes up with the puck.”

But whether he is the one scoring the goals or his teammates are, Horton feels he’s in the right place with the right team to be part of a big offensive movement by the Bruins this season.

“When you look around the room, there are so many guys that can put the puck in the net and make plays. You know, you look around the room, guys can score all over, so it’s nice to be here.”

After some well-deserved time off upon their return from Europe, the B’s put in solid work this week at Ristuccia and will be heading to New Jersey to take on the understaffed Devils on Saturday in their first domestic tilt of the regular season.

“We’ve had two really good practices,” Horton explained. “It’s been great, I mean, a lot of guys are flying out there, so I think everyone is just excited to get on the ice.

“You know, two days off, I think guys missed each other and it’s fun to be back on the ice and getting ready for Saturday.”

---Ashley Robbins
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