There were times midway through the season when you didn't know what you'd get out of Nathan Horton.
The Bruins' major offseason acquisition from Florida, Horton got off to a fast start but then tailed off and went into a December-January slump that saw him score just one goal in 20 games.
But since Feb. 9, when the B's bludgeoned the Montreal Canadiens, 8-6, he's been a pretty consistent performer, notching 13-10-23 totals in 28 games.
In yesterday's home finale against the Senators, he scored the game-winner with a second-period power-play goal, and then got into a brutal fight with the Senators' Zack Smith.
Coach Claude Julien hopes Horton can carry that same intensity into the playoffs.
"The way he's come around in the second half, I think his whole attitude and approach to the game has really gotten better and better," Julien said. "I have no doubt in my mind that he's going to be fine because he's playing with an attitude and that attitude has been with him for a while now. .?.?. So I'm not worried about him. I think he's ready and excited for the playoffs."
Horton said his current play goes beyond pucks going in the net for him.
"It's not always about scoring, it's about being there and being in the play and being involved, and hard to play against. All the little stuff that really matters, that's what it's all about," said Horton, a plus-30 on the season. "It's nice to score, it's nice to help your team out, but when you're not doing that, you've got to do something to help your team. That's what I'm trying to do, and that's what I'll continue to do."
Horton has 26 goals on the season.
Nathan Horton fighting to finish
Boston Herald | Apr 10