By Joe Haggerty
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VANCOUVER Nathan Horton made the trip to Rogers Arena and, even though he couldn't play, made an impact on the game.
A few hours before game time Horton emerged from the Bruins dressing room in his workout clothes and poured Boston water from a water bottle out onto the Rogers Arena ice in front of the Boston bench.
Bruins assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer watched Horton empty the water bottle out onto the ice and then both returned back down to the runway toward the Bs dressing room.
The B's were 0-3 at Rogers Arena in the Stanley Cup Finals prior to Wednesday, and had scored two goals in 180:11 in Vancouver over that span. Perhaps a little "dirty water" from Boston could do the trick poured on the ice by the player that potted game-winning goals in both of their previous Game 7 victories against the Canadiens and Lightning.The water was actually melted TD Garden ice that made the trip with the Bruins into Canada.
The Bruins considered letting Horton come out in full uniform to take a few twirls on the ice during warm-ups in a symbolic gesture, but thought better of it when the players were tapped for warm-ups.The emotional lift of having Horton on the trip certainly added a noticeable lift to the rest of the team, and it showed in the subsequent 4-0 victory.