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.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

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Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.