Horton pots first goal in over a year

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Horton pots first goal in over a year

NEW YORK Nathan Horton completed another step on the way to proving that hes right back to where he once was as a highly regarded power forward that tied everything together for the Bruins.
He passed the first test after experiencing no linger concussion issues over the summer into the four month lockout, and passed a big test when he made it through training camp looking healthy, strong and viable and carried all of that goodness into the regular season.
But the true sign Horton is 100 percent back is when the timely, clutch goals start falling for the 6-foot-2, 229-pound playoff hero.
That happened in the third period of Wednesday nights exciting 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden when Horton rifled home the game-tying goal with less than five minutes to go in regulation. It was the first goal for the 27-year-old winger in over a year dating back to a Jan. 19 road win over the New Jersey Devils that came three days before the fateful game against the Philadelphia Flyers that ended his season.
So to see the red lamp signal that he had scored an NHL goal was a welcomed sight indeed.
It was definitely nice. Not that I was thinking too much about it, but anybody would say that its nice getting it out of the way, said Horton. You just keep working at it. I think tonight our line played well in their end with the cycles and crashing the net. They dont give up a lot of room.
It was sweet hockey justice for Horton, who had been robbed of at least a couple of sure goals in Mondays win over the Winnipeg Jets. For his teammates it was another reminder of how much better Horton makes them as a deep forward group with each player in their proper spot and how strongly hes returned over the last 367 days since Tom Sestito ended his season with a blindside hit to the head.
To know that he had been out since last January and to see the way that hes played the last three games, its great, said Milan Lucic. Being his linemate, its great having him back and its a lot of fun playing with him.
Hortons ice time has gone up in each of his first three games and has seven shots on goal thus far on the season, and now has a mark on the stat sheet. He was even smiling after the game knowing that his team had done an admirable job coming back from an early 2-0 deficit to the Rangers in their building.
It would appear that Horton is completely back to form, and is leaving all of the concussion talk behind as the headaches and fuzziness is now far back in the rear-view mirror.

Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available

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Saturday, July 30: Colorado's Tyson Barrie could become available

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.

*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat! 

*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond. 

*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available

*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot. 

*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences

*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital. 

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise. 

*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.

Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations

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Friday, July 29: Good signs in Bruins-Marchand negotiations

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible. 
 
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions
 
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota
 
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations
 
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan

 -- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues. 

-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website. 

-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often. 
 
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.