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.”
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.”
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.