Nathan Horton continued his torrid pace versus the Tampa Bay Lightning this week where he netted two goals in a 4-2 victory. He was also a plus-one in the game versus the Florida Panthers yesterday afternoon. Horton, who has 46 points in 45 career games against Tampa, recorded his sixth career multi-goal game against the Bolts in Thursday’s victory.
Head coach Claude Julien knows Horton is one of the best offensive players in the league and it showed last Thursday night.
“He’s one of the elite right wingers in the league when he’s on top of his game,” said Julien, who is now the longest tenured bench boss in the Eastern Conference. “He’s got so much potential and we know that. He’s been through some tough times with that concussion and hopefully we get him back healthy and get some consistency out of his game because he certainly deserves it.”
Horton is now second on the team in goals with six. He trails Brad Marchand who has nine. Horton also has three assists on the young season. He has compiled 47 shots which leads the team.
Before lighting the lamp twice last week, Horton had a rough go of it in February. He had one single point and a minus three rating going into the Lightning game so it was good to see Horton regain his confidence because if the Bruins want to hoist that Stanley Cup trophy again, Horton will need to find the back of the net often because sometimes goals are hard to come by for the black and gold.
Horton and the B’s are 3-1 on their current road trip and will travel to New York to face the Islanders. In one game this season, Horton notched an assist in a 4-2 victory in late January at the TD Garden.
Look for Horton to hear some “WOO’s” in the next month as he is regaining his form and letting shots go while not being hesitant. He is another big and physical Bruins forward that can create mismatches in front of the net and do the dirty work for this team.
Here are Horton’s two goals against Tampa courtesy of NHL VideoCenter