Horton out for remainder of finals

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Horton out for remainder of finals

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON The Boston Bruins have confirmed what was feared after Game 3: Nathan Horton has a severe concussion and will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals after being hit in the head by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome Monday nightat TD Garden amid a big 8-1 victory for the Bruins.Horton was drilled more than a full second after he released the puck on a pass to Milan Lucic in the neutral zone, and then slammed his head on the ice. The collision caused what the team called a severe concussion, which will keep Horton out for the remainder of the Finals."He's gone back home," said coach Claude Julien in announcing that Horton had been released from Massachusetts General Hospital. ""We lost a pretty good player, but we're glad to know it's not as bad as you always suspect.
"Obviously it's a long roadto recovery and we're hoping he can come back fully real soon."According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Rome sent a text to Horton in which he said it was never his intent to hurt the Bruins' winger.The Bs right winger played two minutes and two shifts in the first period before suffering the injury. A combination of Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley replaced Horton at right wing on the top line for the rest of the game.Horton, 26, is tied for second on the Bruins in playoff scoring with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists, and became the first player in NHL playoff history to notch a pair of game-winning goals in two different Game 7s. He tallied three game-winning goals this postseason in all. Horton finished his first year as a Bruin with 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points during the regular season.The Horton news was first reported by 98.5 the Sports Hub radio host Tony Massarotti on Tuesday morning during the "Toucher and Rich Show."

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Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.