Nathan Horton now symptom free
BOSTON -- In the midst of a weekend-long Stanley Cup celebration around the city, Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton deemed himself symptom-free after suffering a severe concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
"Personally, I'm fine. I don't have any headaches," Horton said. "I'm just relaxing and I have no symptoms, and I've been that way for a few days now. I'll rest up and hopefully start training real hard again and come into [training camp] in great shape and be ready to go."
Horton was on the receiving end of a late hit by the Canucks' Aaron Rome in Game 3 at TD Garden and missed the remainder of the series. Rome was suspended four games.
Prior to the concussion, Horton also suffered a separated shoulder toward the end of the regular season and re-injured it in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, in which he scored the game-winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He said he would not need surgery on his shoulder.
"It's not always fun to be injured, but you're in the Stanley Cup finals and you're playing in the playoffs, that's what people do in the playoffs," Horton said. "They play through injuries and we definitely had a lot of guys on our team with injuries. But being injured again with a concussion, it was tough to watch. But it was such a good feeling when we won I felt like I was on the ice no matter what. ... Injuries happen during the playoffs and it's just [good] to be part of it and to be part of a team when you're not playing. I felt like I played Game 7. So it's a good feeling."
Horton said Sunday he would take a few weeks off for some much-needed rest and relaxation before starting his offseason workouts.
"You don't want to start [offseason workouts] too early and be drained," he said. "I'll take the right amount of time off and get ready for another long one. We definitely have a great team here for a long time and we want to do the best we can, just like we did this year."
Teammate Marc Savard went through a similar situation last summer because of a concussion. The forward suffered a concussion on March 7, 2010 and returned for the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Philadelphia Flyers. After taking a few weeks off after Boston lost that series, Savard began his offseason workout and started to suffer from post-concussion syndrome.
Horton and the Bruins will remain cautious.
Horton was on the ice for the Cup-clinching celebration after Game 7 in Vancouver, and he participated in Saturday's parade and visit to Fenway Park on Sunday. Ironically, Horton began his Bruins career at Fenway Park when he and then-rookie Tyler Seguin threw out the ceremonial first pitche prior to a Red Sox game last June 29.
"Back then I didn't know what to expect," Horton said. "I haven't been anywhere else. But having been here all year and experienced it, I just had so much fun and literally since I got here I haven't stopped smiling because I've had a lot of fun and I've really enjoyed it and I love being a Boston Bruin and obviously, being in this organization with such great people we have that just makes it even better.
"It's been unbelievable. You can't imagine how good the outcome came. And winning the Stanley Cup, it's been a long year but it's been a lot of fun. It's all the hard work that we've put in together and all the things that we've done together. It all pays off."
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.
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