Horton not thinking about contract status

TORONTO -- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton is trying to play at his best during the Stanley Cup playoffs, which is something he struggled with consistently during the regular season.

In the first three games of the Bruins' Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Horton has three goals and one assists for four points. During Monday's 5-2 win in Game 3 at Air Canada Centre, Horton had a goal and assist for his sixth-career multipoint playoff game.

If the Bruins can advance in the playoffs, and Horton continues to produce, it should only help his unrestricted free-agent status this summer.

"I haven't thought about it and it's not something that's really in my mind," Horton said about his contract status. "Whatever happens, happens. I have no control over anything. Either way, it doesn't matter to me, as team we just want to win games and that's all that really matters right now. I haven't thought about anything else."

When he first arrived in Boston via trade with the Florida Panthers on June 22, 2010, Horton quickly fit into the Bruins' style of play and helped Boston hoist the Stanley Cup on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver. When asked if he would like to re-sign with the Bruins, Horton's answer seemed to be an obvious one.

"Definitely," he said. "I love it here. It's been a lot of fun, but like I said, I haven't really thought about it. It's not something that's talked about or thought about. The only thing worth thinking about right now is the playoffs and trying to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs."