Knocked out of the Stanley Cup finals on a nasty hit by Vancouver's Aaron Rome just more than three months ago, Nathan Horton returned to game action last night in the Bruins' all-around dominant 7-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

"I was a little nervous coming in, just from what happened," said Horton. "I was just trying not to think too much — just work hard and do the little things. I didn't feel too bad, to tell you the truth. It felt a little bit different being on the ice, but it felt OK."

Horton just missed a goal-mouth setup from Tyler Seguin, but did earn a pair of assists.

"A guy who hasn't played since midway through the finals, for his first game back he looked pretty good," said coach Claude Julien. "I'm glad we kind of took our time, let him get back in shape and feel comfortable. He obviously did (last night). I thought he skated well, moved the puck well, shot the puck well. I think he's right back to where he left off."