8 Jun 2011

Bruins player severely concussed

1:39 pm on 8 June 2011

The Boston Bruins National Hockey League forward Nathan Horton has been ruled out of the rest of the Stanley Cup finals after suffering a severe concussion in Tuesday's third game against Vancouver.

Horton was severely concussed when he was hit by Vancouver Canucks Aaron Rome in the final period of the game, which the Bruins won 8-1 to cut the Canucks lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Horton, one of Boston's best players during the playoffs, was immediately taken to hospital and Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli released a statement saying he would not be available for the rest of the series.

Rome, who was handed a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit, was scheduled to meet with NHL vice-president Mike Murphy on Wednesday and faces a possible suspension.

The loss of Horton is a big blow to the Bruins, who rebounded from two close defeats in Vancouver to win their first game at home.

The right winger had 17 points and eight goals in the post-season, including three game-winners, two coming in game seven.