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Nathan Horton Leaves Game 3 After Vicious Hit From Aaron Rome

Nathan Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher following a vicious blind-side hit from Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome nearly five minutes through the first period in Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

Horton, who was motionless on the ice for several minutes, was eventually carried off the ice and transferred to Mass. General Hospital. He was reportedly moving all of his extremities on the way to the hospital.

Rome received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit, and headed to the Canucks dressing room immediately following the hit. Boston was unable to convert on the power play.

Horton is the Bruins' second-leading scorer this postseason with eight goals and nine assists (18 points). In the regular season, Horton scored 26 goals and had 27 assists for 53 points in 80 games for Boston.

Prior to the season, Horton was acquired along with Gregory Campbell in a trade with the Florida Panthers. The Bruins sent defenseman Dennis Wideman and two draft picks.