Nathan Horton’s Goal Sends Bruins to Cup Finals
It had a great flow and both goaltenders were outstanding, stopping a combined 61 of 62 shots. Boston goalie Tim Thomas said, "That was as close to a perfect Game 7 as you are going to get."
Lightning coach Guy Boucher was impressed by his goaltender, "Boston was coming hard. We could feel our energy level going down. A lot of the guys have been drained from the previous series, and Roli really stood the fort there. He was outstanding tonight."
"It was a one-goal game. Just one goal takes you to the Stanley Cup Finals. So I don't think he could have stopped that puck and I don't think he could have done better than what he did tonight."
"I mean, 41 years old. Can't do more than that. It's impressive. It's mental toughness. He had a little lull in some of the previous games, and to come back that strong in the seventh game, it's just a credit to the man. That's impressive. That's really impressive."
This was Horton's second game 7-winning goal. Bruins coach Claude Julien paised his forward, "I think for a guy who hasn't played in the playoffs for many years, he certainly has kept a lot of energy inside of him and a lot of obviously excitement to go out there and play the way he did."
The Bruins will face the Canucks in what has the potential to be a fast-pased, fun finals. The first game is Wednesday, June 1st at 8pm. Our preview will be posted shortly.
Game highlights after the jump.
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