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Update on Horton

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton was hit by Vancouver’s Aaron Rome at 5:07 of the first period after the B’s right wing fed a pass to B's left wing Milan Lucic.

Horton was contacted by the Canucks defenseman at the Vancouver blueline, hit the ice hard and was attended to by medical personnel. He was then taken off the ice via stretcher and the Bruins reported that the forward was transported to Mass General Hospital and was moving all his extremities.

The B's had no further update during the game and the B's Head Coach had no new information postgame.

"I know I've got the same things that you guys got, that he was obviously moving around." said Julien, who explained he had received his first update on Horton via a message on the B's center ice scoreboard.

"That's all that I've been told," he said. "I don't have any more to share with you guys."

Rome, who has appeared in 14 playoff games with one goal for the Canucks, was given a five minute major for interference and a game misconduct.

"I think what I would call it...was a blindside hit that we've talked about taking out of the game," said Julien. "[Horton] made the pass. It was late. He came from the blindside. Whether it's through the motion of the hit, it appeared he left his feet a little bit.

"That's my view on it, and I'm not going to comment more than that.

"Let the league take care of it," added Julien. "We're trying to clean that out. Let's see where they go with that."

Horton has played in all 21 postseason games for Boston, with eight goals, nine assists and 52 shots on goal. He’s had one power play goal, two power play assists, and three game-winning goals for the Bruins during the 2011 playoffs.

"I mean, we lost a pretty good player," said Julien. "We'll have to move some players around.

"Right now I haven't really made my roster up for next game. I can't give you that answer right now.

"But we'll find solutions. We always do. We'll try and get the best fit for that line by next game," he said.
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