BOSTON -- If you’re wondering whether or not Nathan Horton will be in the building for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night at TD Garden, it’s unlikely the concussed Boston Bruins forward will be here.
Horton suffered a season-ending concussion during Game 3 Monday at the Garden when he was on the receiving end of a late hit by the Canucks’ Aaron Rome, who was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the series.
“I don’t know,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien when asked if Horton would be around the team. “He’s obviously had a severe concussion. Most of the time we let those guys stay back, get their rest and get better before we even allow them to come to the rink. Being around a bunch of people is not the best thing for someone with a concussion.”
Following Boston’s 8-1 win in Game 3, Horton’s teammates hung the old ceremonial Bruins jacket, which is given to the team MVP each game, in his vacant stall. It remains there today.
“He’s not forgotten,” Julien said. “On the other hand, I don’t think you have to focus on what’s happened more than what needs to happen here in the next game. We desperately need a win to get ourselves back in this series. That’s where our focus is.
“It’s certainly not going to be about looking for revenge. Justice has been served, so there no other reason to look for me. If we really want to make Nathan happy, we know what we have to do to make him happy, and that’s to win the Stanley Cup.”
Horton’s teammates agree.
“We did a good job the last game of putting it behind us. Obviously, our thoughts are with him and it makes you want to win it for him,” said Bruins forward Rich Peverley. “But you want to win it for everyone else in this room, too.”