Bruins coach Claude Julien used the phrase a couple of times yesterday morning in describing what Nathan Horton can be — a difference-maker.

All you have to do is go back to last spring to know how much of one Horton can be, with three huge goals — including two overtime winners and two series clinchers — in the B's Stanley Cup run.

But Horton hasn't had a ton of big moments this year, and recently he's been lagging behind linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic in the production/involvement department. Going into last night's game, he had two goals in the previous 11 games and was averaging just one shot on net in his last seven games.