Horton's all smiles after return to action

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Horton's all smiles after return to action

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
HALIFAX Nathan Horton assured everyone he was 100 percent healthy at the start of training camp, and never wavered after sitting out the first two preseason games for the Bruins.

The Bs used caution and good judgment to ease Horton back into action after losing him to a concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and he jumped right back in against the Canadiens on Sunday night in Halifax. The big right wing took his share of shots from a chippy Montreal bunch with a burr under their saddle, and even took a big swing Alexei Yemelin during an all-out melee in front of the netamid a Boston power play in the first period.
So Horton while a little nervous before hopping on the ice grew comfortable with the fast-paced game action and looked like his rough-edged, powerful self while skating on a line with Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron. Both Seguin and Caron potted goals in the game and Horton had a couple of near scoring misses as he and the 19-year-old Seguin displayed remarkable chemistry for two players that rarely skated together last year.

While it was nice to see Horton crack the scoresheet with an assist on Carons third period goal in the 7-3 win and witness the feistiness around the net, the smile on Hortons face after the game told everything one need to know about himgetting back into game action.

It felt good. Wasnt trying to think too much or do too much out there, said Horton. Just trying to move my feet and get back to feeling good on the ice and feeling a little more comfortable. I was just worried about getting out there again.

Tyler is such a good player and Caron is great. It was nice to be out there with the guys. Its easy to have great chemistry with guys that see the ice so well because if you give them the puck theyll make things happen. We have so many guys that can make that happen on our team.

Claude Julien liked the chemistry between Seguin and Horton in Halifax, and thats something hell keep in the memory banks for later this season when injuries, slumps and any other kind of adversity could potentially lump the two skilled forwards together.

They looked good even in practice. In the scrimmage they made some of those players. That happens when youve got a guy like Seguin thats capable of making those plays and a guy like Horton that seems to make thing happen no matter who hes playing with.

Horton is good with David Krejci and now hes good with Seguin. Those are the kind of things you want to discover at this stage in training camp. If you run into issues over the course of the season with injuries and issues its nice to know that different guys can play with each other a little bit.

Julien is always thinking for later in the season when injuries inevitably arise in the NHL war of attrition, but the good health news in camp right now is that Horton is back on the ice and happily filling his lane.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

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'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.