When you think of legendary Boston Bruins, the names’ Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Cam Neely immediately come to mind. Come seasons end, you might just see Nathan Horton’s name added to the list.
After toiling in relative anonymity in Florida for 6 seasons, Horton’s quickly made a name for himself in Beantown in his NHL playoff debut with his uber-clutch scoring, including 3 Game Winners (he had only 2 in the regular season), all on home ice, in becoming the first player ever in NHL history to record two Game 7 GWG’s in the same playoff year. In fact, 6 of his 8 goals during the Bruins’ Cup run have been tallied at TD Banknorth Garden.
Not a bad way to endear yourself to the Boston faithful in your first year with the team.
Horton’s exploits have also filtered down to his real hometown of Dunnville, Ontario, a small town of about 12,000 people located some 40 miles southwest of Niagara Falls.
Hockey diehards there are jumping on the Horton bandwagon big time, trading in any loyalties to Canada’s “latest” team, the Canucks, in exchange for Bruins’ yellow and black. And if their prodigal son can bring the Cup back home this summer, heck, you might even see the local Tim Hortons coffee chain change their name to “Nathan Hortons” before it’s all said and done.
There’s no question, if Horton can continue his hot play for one more round, he could find his name on two trophies when the playoffs draw to a close. The 26-year old is currently tied for the Bruins’ lead in playoff scoring with David Krejci with 17 points, good for 5th overall in playoff scoring. Having scored 7 points in each of Boston’s last two series’ wins to go along with those 3 GWG’s, any additional heroics could very well capture the Conn Smythe Trophy for Horton should the Bruins’ go on to win the Stanley Cup.
It’s the kind of stuff legends are made of.
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