BOSTON, MA --
It can be kind of hard to stand out during a 9-0 game where seven different players scored a goal and 12 players earned points, but Nathan Horton
had another standout kind of night for the Bruins as he scored two goals and added an assist as the B's bested the Flames in the TD Garden.
"A lot of guys on our team have stepped up this year, and again, we roll four lines," said Horton of the scoring success seen by all of the Bruins trios. "That’s how you win games, and that’s how we’ve been winning games."
But a little luck doesn't hurt, either. Horton was hit by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
's shot and found a puck right at his feet.
"I actually tried to get out of the way, but it hit me," said Horton of his second goal at 14:31 of the middle stanza. "You go to the net, and things happen."
But you also pay the price for setting up shop near the crease and asked if his "block" hurt, Horton flashed his patented smile.
"Yeah it did," he said. "It was definitely worth it.
"It landed in a great spot. It hit my skin so it didn’t take a weird bounce, it just landed right there.
"I’ll take it."
Horton and the B's will take their continued success into a game that many fans and media members had circled on the calendar when the B's schedule was released in the summer -- the B's first and only meeting with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2011-12 season.
"I’m trying not to think about it," said Horton who missed Games 4-7 after being concussed in a hit by Vancouver's Aaron Rome. "It’s just another game, but obviously we did play them in the Finals and we won.
"It’s going to be a big game," added Horton. "I think everyone’s excited."
However, Horton and the B's are trying to keep their emotions under wraps.
"I think everyone’s just thinking it’s another game," he said. "But like I said, we did play them last year in the Final.
"They’re still a good team, and we’re still a good team. It’s going to be a good game.
"I’m not really thinking too much about what happened, but I’m just getting excited for the game."
And he's not alone.