It’s no secret that Nathan Horton has struggled this season. Last week Horton admitted mentally he did not feel like himself, and his overall game was not where it should be after spending the summer recovering from a concussion that caused him to miss four Stanley Cup Finals games including the Bruins Stanley Cup Clinching win in Game 7.
If last night was any indication, Horton has put his struggles in the past, and is ready to be the Horton he was during the playoffs, when he was the Bruins most clutch player, something Horton is excited about.
“Yeah it definitely does. It definitely makes you stronger. The tough times are not easy, but tonight I felt better” said Horton. “It makes you feel better getting points and feeling good out there. I still want work on my game and keep getting better and do anything I can to help my team.”
Horton scored twice and added an assist helping his Bruins defeat the Islanders 6-2, the third win in a row for the Bruins.
Beniot Pouliot trickled a puck through the pads of Evgeni Nabokov for his first goal as a Bruin, it was the first Bruins shot on goal just 1:32 into the game.
The Bruins killer Matt Moulson notched his sixth career goal against the B’s shortly after for the Islanders, knotting things up at one.
In what’s been a common theme the past three games, the Bruins wouldn’t let the Islanders goal deflate them as they bounced back with two goals in less than a minute.
Horton’s first of the night on the power play, followed up by Tyler Seguin’s team leading eighth goal propelled the Bruins to a 3-1 lead.
The three goals was enough for Islanders bench boss Jack Capuano to see as he pulled Nabokov in favor for Al Montoya.
Michael Grabner’s late tally in the opening frame would cut the Bruins lead to one entering the first intermission, but that would be as close as the Islanders would get in this one.
Third period goals by Milan Lucic, Horton, and David Krejci on the empty net would finish off the scoring for the black and gold.
After allowing two goals on just eight shots in the first period, Tuukka Rask settled down nicely earning his first win of the season, Rask is happy to finally get the first one out of the way.
“Yeah, the sooner the better right? I wasn’t too frustrated but when you feel like you’re playing ok and then just losing, it’s tough on your confidence a little bit. But we battled through it and it’s good to get that win” said Rask.
The only bad news coming out of this one was the injury to forward Daniel Pallie. Pallie took a hard slap shot to the face off the stick of Islanders defensemen Steve Staios. The gritty forward instantly grabbed his face and hit the ice; a pool of blood was left on the ice once Pallie was able to get back on his feet. Bruins head coach Claude Julien had no immediately update on No. 20.
“He’s going to be seen by some specialists tonight. The puck hit him in the face and the nose area, so we’ll probably know more tomorrow once he’s seen by the specialists” said Julien.
For the third straight game the Bruins found scoring from all sorts of places. Three of the four Bruins lines produced goals, and 11 Bruins had at least one point in the contest.
Next up for the Bruins is a Thursday night date with the very young and talented Edmonton Oilers.
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