Five years ago today: Horton’s heroics exorcises Bruins demons
Given the current state of the Boston Bruins, their run to the Stanley Cup in 2011 seems like ancient history. In reality, it was only five short years ago.
One of the pivotal moments of that Stanley Cup run happened five years ago today on Causeway Street in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. In an emotional back and forth series, one where the Bruins trailed their hated rivals two games to none, the Black and Gold bounced back to win the next three only to fall in Game 6 at the Bell Centre.
Much like the previous six games, Game 7 was a seesaw affair. On a night where P.K. Subban “tumbled” in an attempt to draw a penalty and a contest where the Canadiens came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie the series, a familiar hero emerged again. Nathan Horton, who scored the double-overtime winner in a thrilling Game 5 win, blasted his slap shot past Carey Price for the overtime winner to give the Bruins the 4-3 win and advance to Round 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Horton’s heroics gave the Bruins their first Game 7 win since 1994. Prior to Horton’s arrival in the summer of 2010, the Bruins’ run ended in Game 7 defeats to the Habs, Hurricanes and Flyers three straight years.
The first round series wasn’t the only heroics Horton had in store during the magical 2011 postseason. We’ll have another post or two regarding the former Bruin down the road. For now, enjoy the highlights from Horton’s heroics.
Of course, what would a Bruins-Canadiens series be without a “history lesson” from Jack Edwards?