The Bruins announced Tuesday morning that first-line right wing Nathan Horton is out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup finals due to a severe concussion. Horton left Monday's 8-1 Bruins' Game 3 win in the first period on a stretcher after taking a blindside hit to the head from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. 


NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning following the Bruins 8-1 thrashing of the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals and the former Boston forward said he enjoyed what he saw Monday night.

"Thoroughly," he said. "Absolutely loved just about everything about it except for the [Nathan Horton] hit and the result and maybe a little bit of stooping to the Canucks' level when they started getting into the taunting with the fingers. Other than those two issues, I really enjoyed the game."

When Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome lined up Nathan Horton and delivered a crushing blow in the first period Monday night, he sent the Bruins forward to the hospital. Rome then was given a five-minute interference penalty and a game misconduct. The NHL is to meet Tuesday morning to examine the play and determine if more punishment is warranted. How do you think the league should rule? Cast your vote at the Big Bad Blog.

Chris Kelly joked earlier in the week that he didn’t think Jarkko Ruutu bit Andrew Peters back in 2009. It was a joke because no matter how obvious it is, teammates are going to stick up for teammates.

Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton didn't come down hard on Aaron Rome Monday night following Rome's hit that laid out Nathan Horton in the first period and sent him to the hospital. Part of the reason Thornton measured his comments carefully was that he was teammates with Rome on the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.

In one of the more physical, tense and nasty Stanley Cup final games in recent memory, the Bruins hammered the Canucks, 8-1, Monday night in Game 3 and now trail Vancouver, 2 games-to-1. 

Though the Bruins had plenty to smile about after their 8-1 blowout of the Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, their concerns were with the guy who's made a Boston career out of smiling. Nathan Horton had to watch the final two periods of the game from Mass General Hospital after taking a blindside hit to the head from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome and leaving the game on a stretcher.

Speaking after his team's 8-1 win over Vancouver in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at the TD Garden Monday night, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he was disappointed in some of his team's actions toward the Canucks. Julien admonished his team for participating in such actions as the ones exhibited by Mark Recchi to Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, and Milan Lucic toward Alex Burrows, both of which involved taunting with their finger.

Speaking to the media following Game 3, Canucks center Manny Malhotra defended teammate Aaron Rome's hit on Nathan Horton. The hit, which Claude Julien deemed to be blindside forced Horton to hit the ice head-first in the first period and leave the game on a stretcher. 

"I thought it was a very clean hit", said Malhotra.  "Just the timing was maybe a fraction off but all in all you see those hits on a daily basis throughout the league."

The Bruins responded to a late, devastating late hit on Nathan Horton with a four-goal second-period explosion and manhandled the Canucks, 8-1, Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. Game 4 is set for Wednesday night in Boston before the series returns to Vancouver for Game 5. Tim Thomas stopped 40-of-41 shots in another brillant playoff performance.