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Bruins respond to hit with force

Onslaught of goals, physical play follows blindside blow to Nathan Horton

Updated: June 7, 2011, 11:08 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- His body crumpled with such sudden, sickening, unnatural force, crashing backward onto the ice with his right arm helplessly suspended upward, as though he was grasping … for … what?

When Nathan Horton was leveled by a blindside hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome, the raucous TD Garden fans instantly morphed into an eerily silent, pensive, anxious fan base. As Horton lay on his back, his eyes vacant, then rolling back, the capacity crowd took a collective ...

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