PITTSBURGH – Not many people are talking about the job that Nathan Horton is doing for the Bruins, but the right winger is once again enjoying a great playoff run.
He racked up a game-high three points, and assisted on both of David Krejci’s scores in Boston’s 3-0 victory over the Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Horton had both of the primary assists, and also won a tooth-and-nail battle with Mark Eaton along the sideboards that set up Krejci’s insurance score four minutes into the third period.
“I think Nathan played really well today," said Krejci. "He set me up for my two goals. He scored a big one in the third.”
As much as everybody is talking about Krejci being the leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Horton has as many points (15) as Sidney Crosby and leads the playoff field with a ridiculous plus-17 in 13 postseason games.
“They had a lot of chances at the start, and we wanted to get better. We did, but it was nice to get a little bit of a lead when we had our chances later on in the game,” said Horton. “It was nice to get that first win, but we’ve got three more to go here. We need to play as good, or be even better if we want to keep winning.”
It felt like déjà vu watching Horton, Krejci and Milan Lucic dominate the Penguins, as it appeared similar to the way in which they frequently generated good offensive chances against Toronto in the first round.
The production couldn't have come at a better time for Horton as he enters unrestricted free agency after the season is over, and it couldn’t happen at a better time for the Bruins in need of all the offense they can muster against the mighty Penguins.