BRUINS NOTEBOOK;Horton runs hot;New guy is on fire


Bruins coach Claude Julien likes the

shots-to-goals ratio right winger Nathan Horton posted in last

weekend’s series split against the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague, Czech


Horton netted three goals with an assist on five shots. Julien

is counting on Horton to produce again when the

Bruins face the New Jersey Devils

tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

”If he can score three goals on every five shots I’ll take

it,” said Julien after practice yesterday at Ristuccia Arena.

”That’s my positive way of looking at it.”

Horton has been the team’s most significant offseason

acquisition thus far. Horton and Gregory Campbell were acquired on

June 22 from Florida for defenseman Dennis Wideman and draft


Julien paired Horton with center David Krejci and left winger

Milan Lucic during the exhibition season and the chemistry took

hold instantly. Horton has done a good job locating and holding

favorable scoring positions that Krejci recognizes.

”Players have a sense where they know where to go and he times

it well,” said Julien. ”He got the privilege of playing with a

pretty good centerman here in Krejci, who will find him when he’s

open, and he’s taking advantage of that.

”At the same time, he’s given us the impression he’s real

excited about being here. When you are excited you feel like

playing and those things, they start to accumulate.”

Facing legends

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is off to a shaky start, but he

remains a formidable fixture in the New Jersey crease. Brodeur was

only 1-2-1 after four games with a 2.99 goals-against average and

an .892 save percentage.


Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin is

excited about playing against the future Hall of Famer, but he

refuses to be overwhelmed or intimidated.

”Every NHL team is going to have their superstars and I don’t

really look for them,” said Seguin. ”I’m always going to be a

hockey fan, but I stuck here, this is my job now and I’m not going

to over-respect too many people on the opposition.

”If you give them too much respect, they will take your game

right away from you.”

Thumb’s up

Defenseman Andrew Ference took his usual shifts in practice

after sitting out Wednesday. Ference received a cortisone shot in

his left thumb on Tuesday to deal with an ongoing problem. Ference

said he initially injured the thumb last season when his hand was

crushed between teammate Johnny Boychuk and an Atlanta Flames

forward. . . .

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg made it through a full practice

while coping with a stomach virus. Seidenberg exited the ice

Wednesday because he was feeling too ill and weary to


”Whatever it was it was a quick one and I’m feeling better

today,” said Seidenberg. ”I felt like I was dying on the


Devils in details

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara

expects tough even-strength battles with the Devils. New Jersey got

stronger up front when it acquired Ilya Kovalchuk back on Feb. 5

from Atlanta. Kovalchuk provides a scoring threat that complements

snipers Jamie Langenbrunner and Travis Zajac, and Chara said the

Bruins practiced with them in


”We had some really good drills and a good skate to get ready

for New Jersey,” said Chara.