In a day and age where head injuries in violent sports is becoming an increasingly serious problem, every precaution is being taken with both NHL and NFL players who suffer concussions. Few can forget the devastating hit from Aaron Ward that left Horton motionless on the ice during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
After suffering another concussion early last season, Horton was sidelined until the Bruins home opener this year. Many thought Horton could be destined for a fate similar to Marc Savard. Thankfully, this has not proven to be the case, and Horton has returned this season in impressive fashion, scoring his second goal of the young season earlier tonight vs. the Hurricanes. With an assist against the Islanders, and a goal against the Rangers last week; tonight marks Horton's third straight game with a point. He has been one of the Bruins offensive standouts thus far, and that is tremendously encouraging for this team.
The Bruin's inability to score led to their downfall last year. A player with the offensive skill set Horton possesses was dearly missed. After being acquired from the Panthers in June of 2010, Horton bolstered the Bruin's offensive attack significantly for their championship run. Horton believes he is now symptom free.
“I feel great,” Horton said. “I’ve had a lot of time to work out and get back to normal. Obviously it’s been tough for everyone this year. It’s not the way anybody wanted it to be. But I feel great. Better than I have in a long time.” (Quote from BostonGlobe.com). The Bruins are now 4-1 on the year, and Horton has played an integral role in the strong start, including tonight's 5-3 win over the Canes. Barring any injuries, it's not hard to see him playing a major role in another cup run.