Along with Nathan Horton, Canucks defensemen Aaron Rome will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Finals, but at least Rome knew where he was after he laid out Horton with a vicious late hit.
A few minutes into Monday night’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Rome used his shoulder to strike the head of Horton; a good two seconds after Horton sent a pass to the stick of line-mate Milan Lucic.
Rome was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct.
It was an ugly thing to watch as Horton was down on the ice, squirming in pain. It was later announced that after the hit Horton thought he still was in Vancouver. No. 18 spent the night at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is feeling better.
NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy was the one who handed out the four-game suspension.
“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision, the hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury.” said Murphy
If the series fails to go seven-games, the suspension will carry-over into the 2011-12 regular season.
The hit seemed to rally the Bruins, as they went on to score eight goals in their Game 3 victory, a game in which the Bruins won one for Horton.