February 10, 2011

Horton, linemates must build off of dominant night

Bruins winger Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton combined for eight points in Wednesday's win over the Canadiens. (Getty)

BOSTON -- While the Bruins offense exploded to the tune of eight goals in Wednesday's win over the Canadiens, the tilt was still just a two-goal game at the end of the day.

 So how exactly did the first line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton finish with a combined rating of plus-15 on the night? The dominant performance by the trio was truly something to marvel at.

 "Well, it’s a lot of fun to be in these games," said Horton, who had a career-high five point night, featuring one goal and four assists.

 "Such a great team, great players, and it’s a lot of fun coming to the rink. Playing with these guys, not only are they unbelievable on the ice, but they’re great off the ice. It truly is like a family and everyone loves each other."

 Horton's linemates each had three points apiece, with Krejci chipping in three helpers and Lucic contributing two goals and an assist.

 "We knew we could be a threat every time we went on the ice and that is what we have kind of talked about as a line yesterday," Lucic said.  

"We wanted to be that threat and get in there and play with that emotion, and be the guys that coach counts on. It's definitely great that we had a game the way we did we have to keep pushing it and keep getting more."

 Horton also talked about the conversation, as he and his linemates knew that they had to start becoming major contributors in order for the team to be successful.

 "It was just working hard," Horton said when asked what the key to his night was. "I think we were ready to go. We talked about it as a line, before the game, we need to start playing and start contributing. I think we did that tonight but it’s only one game and hopefully we can continue to keep bringing it."

 Coach Claude Julien is hoping for the same, especially from Horton himself.

 "Well that’s what we have wanted from him for a while now, so it happened tonight," said Julien, as this was Horton's first multi-point effort in over a month and just his third goal since the middle of December.

 "We are certainly happy with that. Now it’s a matter of hopefully him continuing to do that for our team, he was a big help for us."

 You can count Lucic among those hoping that Horton can use his efforts in the wild win over the Habs as a springboard.

 "It seemed like he was getting really hard on himself, getting really down on himself," said Lucic. "But these last few games you can see he is on his game again and it's all starting with him skating, using his speed, his body, and you know he had a big night tonight and hopefully he continues with his confidence."

 As for where No. 18 in Black and Gold's confidence is at right now, Horton was certainly happy about his own game, but found the victory the most gratifying aspect of the evening.

 "Yeah it is definitely nice," he said. "I mean, just continue to work hard, to the last minute. It’s nice, like I said, but it’s even nicer to get the win and have the guys in the room all nice and happy."