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Horton Doesn’t Play After Blindside Hit

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

It seemed as if Nathan Horton had just escaped the fog of last year’s concussion issues, but now he might be right back in the darkness after a reckless hit from a Flyers thug.

The Bruins right wing was held out of the third period and overtime of Sunday’s 6-5 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers after being on the receiving end of a blindside Tom Sestito shoulder to the head. The contact with Horton came in the second period well after the puck had left his possession, and should mean that Sestito – playing in his first NHL game since Dec. 23 after being called back up from the minors – will be hearing from the league offices in the next few days.

Sestito has already been suspended twice this season: once for two games during the preseason on a hit from behind and another five-game suspension in the AHL for “an illegal check to the head of an opponent.”...

“There was a blindside hit on Horton. [The Washington game] is two days away, so we’ll see,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to our trainers or even get a doctor’s report to see how severe it is right now. I guess we’ll find out in the next few days here, but certainly [the doctors] didn’t allow him to come back in this game.”

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Update: From Haggerty on Twitter, here’s a video of the hit:


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  Tags: nathan+horton, tom+sestito


goon's avatar

Does anyone have a video of the hit?

Posted by goon from Grand Forks, ND on 01/22/12 at 11:14 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Still can’t tell with either angle.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/12 at 11:33 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar


Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/23/12 at 03:41 AM ET


Jack Edwards and NESN are always good for a laugh. The Sestito hit behind the net is the only one that may be suspendable because he may have left the ice. What should merit a suspension is a player going after an opponent for a clean hit like the one Scott Hartnell laid on Kelly, or Schenn on Kampfer.

Posted by Mike on 01/23/12 at 12:04 PM ET

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