Nathan Horton had to be stretchered off the ice after a scary hit from Aaron Rome.BOSTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton needed to be stretchered off after a scary hit from Vancouver’s Aaron Rome took him hard to the ice with 14:53 to play in the first period.
Horton, skating near the middle of the ice, fed Milan Lucic on the left side, but, with Horton’s head still turned that way, Rome launched into him an instant later at the blue line and his head hit hard on the ice on the way to the ground.
Paramedics attended to Horton for several minutes before taking him off the ice by stretcher. According to the Bruins, Horton was transported to Mass General Hospital, but was moving all his extremities.
Rome was assessed a 5-minute major (interference) and a game misconduct. According to ESPN Stats and Info, this was the fourth time Rome has received a misconduct in his career, including playoffs, and the second time this postseason. Rome is the first player in the Stanley Cup Final with 15 penalty minutes since Evgeni Malkin received 19 in Game 2 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final at Detroit.
The Bruins did not convert on the five-minute power play and were 6-for-71 on the power play in the postseason after that point. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Bruins were 6-for-71 (8.5 power-play percentage) after that failed opportunity, and, since 1987-88, that is the lowest success rate of any team with at least 70 chances.