|Nathan Horton doubles his pleasure while doubling the fun for the Bruins||04.28.11 at 12:40 am ET|
Nathan Horton isn’t about to complain about being dragged to the postgame press conference room in full uniform like he was Wednesday night to talk about his series-winning goal. After all, he’s getting to be a real pro at taking the stage to discuss such heroics.
Four nights after winning Game 5 in double-overtime, Horton won the game and the series with a bomb of a shot that Carey Price never saw with 14:17 left in overtime to capture Game 7 for the Bruins and avoid the worst kind of heartbreak for Bruins fans.
It also sent the B’s onto a second-round rematch with the Flyers starting this weekend in Philadelphia.
“Yeah, it was pretty nice,” said a smiling Horton. “I mean, it felt pretty good. I don’t remember too much. I remember Looch [Milan Lucic] coming up with the puck and I just tried to get open, and I tried putting the puck towards the net. Luckily it got deflected off someone and it went straight in. That’s all I remember. It was pretty special, again, it doesn’t get any better.”
The goal also saved the Bruins from the devastating heartbreak of blowing a 3-2 lead with less than two minutes left in regulation, when P.K. Subban scored on the power play to force overtime.
“When you have the lead it feels good, but when you give it up, it’s tough, especially in Game 7, late in the third, and we battled,” Horton said. “We battled all year, when times have been tough, and we’ve come together and it seems like we get stronger and we just start pressing, and that’s the way it’s been all year. On if it’s safe to say he’s enjoying the playoffs… I’m really enjoying it. Every day is exciting. Every day is a new day, but it feels good, definitely, to get used to this, continue winning. That’s what it’s all about.”
Horton was the Bruins player who started off like a house on fire this season, with eight goals in his first 15 games. Then he cooled off before finishing with 26 on the season, just four behind Milan Lucic for the team lead. Safe to say he’s caught fire again at the very best time.
“I’m really enjoying it,” Horton said. “Every day is exciting. Every day is a new day, but it feels good, definitely, to get used to this, continue winning. That’s what it’s all about.”
Two OT game-winners in back-to-back home games. Not bad for a guy in his first playoffs with the Bruins.
“I haven’t been in the playoffs for a long time,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of time to think about it, so it’s definitely better than I imagined. It’s fun to be here, and it’s exciting. You know, just getting to the playoffs, that’s what I was thinking about. It’s, again, this is like a dream come true and for us to win in Game 7 is pretty special. But we still have a long way to go, a lot of work ahead of us.”
That winning smile he sports after every goal must’ve rubbed off in the dressing room after regulation because the Bruins appeared to keep their composure in overtime.
“We came together,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of times like this, through the season, and we’ve learned to work through it. We came together as a team. It feels good to really come back, and work hard, and get something going.”