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Nathan Horton on D&H: ‘I’ve never been involved in games like these’

02.10.11 at 4:03 pm ET
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Bruins forward Nathan Horton joined Dale and Holley on Wednesday, discussing Wednesday’s wild victory over the Canadiens and the unusual equipment tidbit that aided his five-point effort.

The Bruins and Habs combined for 192 penalty minutes in an 8-6 Bruins win. It joined the likes of last week’s win over the Stars and Dec. 23′s victory over the Thrashers as games in which the Bruins stood up for one another throughout the night.

“It’s crazy,” Horton, who played his entire career for the Panthers before being traded to Boston in June, said. “I’ve never been involved in games like these where everybody’s got each other’s back. It’s great to be on a team like this and be on the ice. You know that your teammates are going to stick up for you. That’s what you want and that’s what you need.”

Horton, who had been slumping after a fast start to the season, had joked to Tyler Seguin prior to the All-Star break that the rookie should bring him back some sticks to help him. While players had a laugh over the comment, Horton wasn’t kidding when it came to getting his hands on some new sticks.

Horton and a friend went to a local hockey store, and the winger, used to having sticks sent to him, bought sticks off a rack and still had the price tag on his when he scored a goal and had four assists Wednesday.

“I said at the All-Star break I was going to go find a curve and that hopefully something would work,” Horton said. “I’m not even sure of the pro shop’s name, but I picked up a whole bunch of sticks, and that’s one of the sticks I used last night in the game. I’ve got one left of the same one and now I’m going to have to go searching for them again.

“When I went in with my friend, I was saying it was for him. He played hockey, too, so [I said] we were picking out sticks for him.”

The 25-year-old winger now has 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in his first season with the Bruins.

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