When one looks back on the magical run that was the 2010-2011 Boston Bruins, you can’t help but think of the late game heroics of Nathan Horton during the Bruins run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Tonight in Boston, Bruins fans got to see that very same Horton for the first time in a long time.
It seemed like the Bruins were heading for their first regulation loss of the season in what was the second leg of back-to-back to games, but Horton made sure he did what he could to make sure that wouldn’t be the case.
“It was a great play by our linemates there, Looch [Milan Lucic] made a great pass to Krech [David Krejci] and Krech took everybody and left me wide open, and I just tried to get it to net, I just fanned on it but then it went in the right place” said a smiling Horton.
The Bruins had a ton of chances to score tonight, but Devils goalie Johan Hedberg—who was making his first start of the season—was lights out for New Jersey.
More after the jump including postgame video
The goal was Horton’s second in as many games as Horton scored another big goal for the Bruins in Monday’s win over the Hurricanes.
There’s no doubt that the trio of Horton, Krejci, and Lucic have been the Bruins best this season, and that certainly was the case Tuesday.
“Yeah, absolutely. I said it a million times already, this was a line that had a question mark on them because of the fact that one guy hadn’t played in a year and the other guy didn’t play at all, so far” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
“David [Krejci] was the only one having played. So being one of our top lines, you want those guys – you want to be able to rely on those guys. We have and they’ve certainly given us exactly what we need right now.”
Horton’s goal extended his point streak to four straight games.
It’s no secret that Horton is a huge key in the Bruins success, the better Horton plays, the better the Bruins play. Horton is set to become a free agent after this season.
The Bruins return to action Thursday when they host the Buffalo Sabres in what will be a much anticipated matchup.
Here are what Horton, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask had to say after the Bruins win.