For do-or-die game, Bruins say no to “playing through” concussions — and win!

Kids! Play clean and stay out of the penalty box.

6/16  update–  From the Globe:

Bruins complete a stunning run

Title wrapped up in inspired fashion



A nasty hit will keep Bruins right wing Nathan Horton off the ice. A wise move now that BU researchers are documenting the disturbing long-term impact of concussions.

But he’ll be in Vancouver for the celebration! Go Bruins!  From New England Cable News.

There were a lot of smiles when Horton appeared on the TD Garden jumbotron during Game 6, waving yellow Bruins’ towels in both hands, and even more when it was learned he had hopped on the B’s team charter and was traveling to Vancouver for the decisive Game 7 against the Canucks.

There were rumblings from Rogers SportsNet that Horton was trying to convince the Bruins to let him play on Wednesday night but there’s no shot of that, given the right wing was still suffering concussion symptoms just prior to Game 6 in Boston. His attitude is more about continuing to be a part of the Bruins as they attempt to finish off the job that Horton helped them start. It’s also about potentially participating in the celebration if the Bruins are able to win at Rogers Arena.

The Bruins will set up Horton’s equipment and sweater in his dressing room stall as he if was going to play.

“That’s something the guys wanted to do,”  said coach Claude Julien. “They
wanted him to be part of our group here. Until the third game of the Final, he
was a big contributor to our hockey club. If the doctors would let him, he
would play [Wednesday] and we all know that that’s the way he feels right now.
He would be willing to play through what he’s gone through.”


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