The B's take on the Colorado Avalanche this afternoon and nobody is more determined to make an impact on the contest than B's right wing Nathan Horton
Horton, who hasn't scored a goal since the Bruins 2-1 win over Toronto in the Air Canada Centre on January 3rd and who has only two goals since December 11, sat in front of his locker trying to explain the personal drought as the B's prepared to leave for Colorado on Friday afternoon.
"It’s tough," he said. "You know, feel like I am trying, I feel like I’m working hard and obviously not getting the bounces and not getting any luck right now.
"But I’m gonna keep working through it and I’m gonna keep trying and hopefully sooner or later it comes through."
Horton is a proven scorer and has 154-169-323 totals in 467 NHL games and as he began his first season in Boston, the goal-scoring touch was very apparent to his new teammates and fans.
In his first two games with the Bruins, Horton had three goals and put together a six game points streak (5-4-9) to start the campaign.
But recently Horton is mired in a stretch that has seen him garner just four points in January (9 GP, 1-3-4).
"I mean I’ve had a lot of chances, it’s just not going in," said Horton, who has 2-4-6 totals in four career games versus Colorado. "It’s definitely frustrating, but you know there’s nothing I can do except for keep working hard.
"And you know I made a couple of mistakes here last game and you know it’s my bad, I take responsibility for that. It’s my fault and you know just try to cut back on those and you know hopefully start producing myself."
As for a solution, Horton has tried a number of things, but sees only one real course of action.
"Well, there’s nothing else to it other than keep working hard," he said. "I mean they’re eventually going to go in.
"I’ve never been like this before, but I’ve never worked this hard either, so...maybe I’m working too hard, where it’s kind of like I've got to relax and let it come and just try to have some fun out there."