Bruins' Nathan Horton out for rest of Cup finals; Aaron Rome suspended [Updated]
The Boston Bruins took the unusual step Tuesday of announcing that forward Nathan Horton would miss the rest of the Stanley Cup finals because of a “severe” concussion, the result of a hit by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome the night before in the first period of Game 3.
Rome was summoned for a hearing with Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, at 8 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday. The Bruins’ willingness to disclose the nature and seriousness of Horton’s injury is probably their way of lobbying for a long suspension for Rome, who got a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.
[Updated at 9:53 a.m.: Rome was handed a four-game suspension following the hearing Tuesday morning.]
Game 4 will be played Wednesday at Boston’s TD Garden, so a ruling from Murphy was expected Tuesday afternoon, Boston time.
The Bruins, who went on to rout the Canucks, 8-1, and cut the Canucks’ series lead to two games to one, were not scheduled to practice Tuesday. The Canucks were scheduled to practice at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena.
The guess here is a two-game suspension for Rome.
We’ll have more coverage later, at www.latimes.com/sports
-- Helene Elliott in Boston
Photo: Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome is escorted off the ice by linesman Pierre Racicot as medical personnel tend to Boston right wing Nathan Horton in the first period during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday. Credit: Winslow Townson / Associated Press