Nathan Horton has a severe concussion and will officially miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins confirmed on Tuesday morning. The Bruins forward was crushed by a late elbow from Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in the first period of Game 3 on Monday night.
He had to be stretchered off the ice and he spent the evening at Massachusetts General Hospital for observation.
Rome will likely be suspended for the hit, which he delivered a good full-second after Horton dished the puck off to the boards. In hockey terms, that's an eternity. Rome should've held up, he didn't, and he'll pay the price. Now that the NHL knows the severity of the injury, expect them to take that into account when determining Rome's sentence.
It's one of the many things the NHL does wrong when it comes to supplemental discipline -- an action should have a consequence based on the intent more than the outcome. But that's an ongoing fight that's better suited for offseason discussion than in the midst of the Stanley Cup Finals.
For now, we know that Horton is out for the rest of the playoffs, and that's a huge blow to the offense of the Bruins. Horton is a major piece of their attack, and without him, they're much weaker. On the flip side, the Canucks can replace Rome relatively easily, depending on how much time he'll miss with a suspension.
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