Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins has been taken off the ice on a stretcher about five minutes into the first period of Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 after a vicious, illegal hit from Aaron Rome of the Vancouver Canucks.
Horton was carrying the puck through the middle of the ice in the neutral zone, dishing the puck off about two seconds before arriving at the blueline. When he got there, Rome met him with a cruel shoulder to the head. There's debate on whether or not it's considered a blindside hit, since Horton was skating in Rome's direction but had his head turned to the left side.
Either way, it was a dirty, late hit. Rome was given a game misconduct and a five minute major for interference. It's expected that he'll see a whole lot more than that, too.
As for Horton, he was restrained in every possible way while being carted off the ice. He didn't move, and the look on his face immediately after the hit, as he stayed down on the ice looking up at the rafters, was one of pure horror. Just a blank, terrifying stare. He was moving his eyes and his arms a little bit, so that's of course a good sign.
Beyond that, we have no idea how serious his condition is. We'll keep you posted.
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