If anyone has seen highlights of the Stanley Cup Finals or were watching last night you surely know about the incident on the ice involving Nathan Horton. You can see the video at Deadspin.com until it is taken down by the powers that be.
As I said on twitter last night the hit was a vicious hit that seemed to me be unwarranted. Also in breaking down the replays; Aaron Rome left the ice, targeted the head and made contact to the blind side of Horton. Not only was this a violation of Rule 48, but it is blatant disrespect for another player.
Later in the game it was reported that Horton had movement in all extremities, which is a good sign, but if you look at the film you will notice that he exhibited the Fencing Response, and was unresponsive for a few seconds. These are classic and cardinal signs of a concussion. The Taunton Daily Gazette has reported that perhaps Horton will be out the remainder of the Finals;
While no further update on Horton’s condition was released (he was expected to remain overnight at MGH), it’s almost impossible to see him playing again this year, even if the series stretches to a seventh game a week from Wednesday. The Canucks, already without one defenseman (Dan Hamhuis, undisclosed injury), could lose Rome for a while, too, but Horton (8 playoff goals – three of them winners, with a pair in Game 7s and two in overtime) is a more difficult asset to replace.
That assumption early this morning has been confirmed as Horton will be out the remainder of the series with a concussion.