Nathan Horton may be out for the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals, but the Boston Bruins forward who suffered a severe concussion on a hit by Aaron Rome in Game 3 was an inspirational presence for Game 4.
No less a hockey presence than Bobby Orr waved a banner bearing his number before the game. By the time the Bruins were done tying the series and sparking a crisis of confidence in the Vancouver Canucks with a 4-0 victory, fans were chanting, “We want the Cup” and “Nathan Horton.”
Horton met his teammates in the locker room after the game. From Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika:
Horton told his teammates they had done a great job and he was proud. Then he took the kitschy late-'80s jacket the guys give to the hero of each victory — the one he had earned by scoring the winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, the one they had left hanging under his nameplate Monday night because he wasn't there to pass it on, the one they would have been happy to leave there for the rest of the series in his honor. He bestowed it upon Rich Peverley, who replaced him as the first-line right winger and bookended the blowout with two goals.
“Everyone was pretty emotional to just be able to see him,” Peverley said, keeping on the black jacket after the game, even though he was sweating in the sweltering dressing room. “No one's seen him since everything happened. He wanted to give it out tonight.”
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