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A Great Trip for Nathan Horton 10.10.10 at 1:57 pm ET
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PRAGUE – Eastern Europe was good to Nathan Horton.

The Bruins right winger, who was acquired in a June 22 trade with the Florida Panthers, scored the only two goals in Boston’s Saturday loss to Phoenix, and struck again on Sunday with his third goal of the short-lived season and an assist to Milan Lucic.

Horton will certainly return to Boston as the center of attention after his spectacular performance overseas, but he doesn’t seem to care much. He’s just excited about heading back and returning to the fans at home.

“It’s a hockey city, Boston,” Horton said. “It’s hockey and it’s sports, and it’s fun to play there and be a Boston Bruin.”

More remarks from the locker room:

On playing on the first line with Lucic and David Krejci, Horton said:

“Every day is getting better. We try not to be too fancy sometimes. I think that’s where we get into trouble, and getting some pucks to the net. I think if you try to work little plays, give and gos, and just have fun out there. Just relax and try to work to gather. They’re great players, so it’s just get them the puck and things happen.”

On first round-pick Tyler Seguin’s first NHL goal (Horton himself was the third overall pick in the 2003 draft):

“Good for him. He’s such a skilled player. He’s confident, and he knows he’s good and he’s going to score. It’s great for him to score and get it out of the way. There’s going to be a lot more in the NHL for him to come. “

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In Prague, A Fresh Start For Tim Thomas at 1:37 pm ET
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PRAGUE – In the Czech Republic’s capital city, Tim Thomas got a fresh start to the young season.

Coming off a lackluster 2009-2010 campaign, not to mention off-season hip surgery, the 36-year-old Bruins goalie put on an impressive show against Phoenix on Sunday as he stopped every puck that came his way and earned his first victory of the year.

Amid the howls of Coyotes fans and the growls of the Bruins faithful clad in black and gold, Thomas made the job look seemingly effortless – and for nearly the entire game, it was. The Bruins defense, led by Captain Zdeno Chara, kept the pressure off Thomas and redeemed itself after allowing five goals the night before. For their part, Phoenix had just 29 shots on Thomas the entire game and worse, no goals to show for it.

Thomas could be seen lounging in the crease for much of the first two periods while most of the action was taking place across the ice. He almost looked bored, his arm resting up against the goal as his teammates took shots at Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Thomas said it wasn’t a symptom of boredom, but rather a symptom of his age.

“I’m 36,” Thomas said after the game. “That’s going to happen all the time.”

In May, the Bruins goalie underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. That, after a season in which he went 17-18 and 23-year-old hotshot Tuukka Rask seemed to garner all the praise in Boston.

It explains why Thomas was so nervous before Sunday’s game in Prague. But all things considered, it also explains why the victory felt so good.

“It’s been a long road, but it feels great to get a shutout right off the bat,” he said.

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