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“Obviously, it’s not even-up when you look at those players’ impact on the game, but it’s our job to deal with it,” Boston defenseman Andrew Ference said. “It’s not the same, but that’s the way those things usually work.”
Horton has eight goals and nine assists in the playoffs for Boston. He’s second in the NHL postseason with a plus-11 rating, and he already became the first player in NHL history to score a game-winning goal in a Game 7 twice in the same postseason run.
Horton has been a hero in the postseason for Boston, which is in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 21 years. Horton scored the winning goal in overtime in Game 7 of the first round against Montreal _ and again in the Eastern Conference finals, getting the only goal in Boston’s 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay late in the third period.
Horton is in his first career postseason after spending his first six seasons with the woeful Florida Panthers. The former No. 3 overall draft pick has 168 goals and 180 assists in 502 games.
Horton was Boston’s second-leading goal-scorer this season with 26, finishing fourth on the team with 53 points.
Vancouver already lost defenseman Dan Hamhuis to an undisclosed injury in Game 1 of the finals, but the Canucks are deep on defense, with veteran Keith Ballard sitting out the first three games as a healthy scratch.
“It seems like four games is pretty excessive in the Stanley Cup finals,” Ballard said. “We’re losing a guy who has played in a lot of situations for us, so it’s tough.”
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