UPDATE: The Bruins announced Tuesday morning that Horton will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Final with a "severe concussion."
Scary sight early in the first period of Game 3 as Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has revived the controversial hit discussion in the hockey world.
As the Boston Bruins were entering the Canucks' zone, Rome caught Nathan Horton with a shoulder-to-head, late hit. While falling, Horton's head hit the ice:
After a few minutes, he was stretchered off the ice. Horton's eyes were moving and he was talking to the doctors and trainers as he was taken off the ice. According to the Bruins' Twitter feed, Horton was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and was moving his extremities.
Rome received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct.
A late hit for sure, but was it Rule 48 and a blindside hit or another case of a player admiring his pass? Looks like Mike Murphy will have yet another decision to make in the Stanley Cup Final.
UPDATE: Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos tweets that Rome has an 11 a.m. ET hearing Tuesday with the NHL.
UPDATE (2): Via Wyshynski, in the Canucks' locker room, Kevin Bieska discussed the hit:
"I saw the replays. I couldn't tell by the replay if it was late or not. But obviously it was shoulder-on-shoulder. There was nothing dirty that way. There was not a shoulder to the head or an elbow to the head. I guess it was the impact [that injured him]."
"The hit itself was a clean hit in my mind. It was shoulder-on-shoulder," he continued. "I hope there isn't [as suspension]. But the league's done a good job so far."
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