Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The Bruins love Nathan Horton, as he’s by all accounts, one of the best teammates any NHL player could ask for. When he plays like he did on Thursday night, however, he must be their favorite guy in the world. The big forward with the even bigger smile played his best game of the season, scoring two goals and leading the Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to open a two-game swing through Florida, a trip that has given the B’s fits in the past. The Bruins have to hope that the two-goal outburst can really get Horton going, with the schedule about to really pick up. Horton has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but he’s struggled to put together a stretch of dominant hockey like he’s shown the capability to do in the past. It was certainly a great way for Horton bounce out of a two-game slump of sorts, a two-game stretch in which he was a combined minus-4 with seven shots combined. “He played a pretty solid game tonight, and he scored some big goals,” Boston head coach Claude Julien said after the win. “So hopefully that’s great for his confidence and great for that line and hopefully we can move forward from here.” Horton’s linemates certainly deserve some credit as well. While both David Krejci and Milan Lucic were held pointless on the evening, both played strong games, doing the little things that helped put Horton in a position to be successful offensively on a night where Horton put six shots on Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback. “It’s nice to finally get on the board again,” Krejci said. “Horts had two, and he could have had three. I’m sure he’s gonna have another chance to get a hat trick.” Maybe it was seeing a familiar foe across the ice that helped Horton breakout. He’s tortured the Lightning dating back to his days with Florida, and that continued on Thursday. With the pair of goals, Horton now has 26 goals and 20 assists in 45 career games against the Bolts. Again, the Bruins are hoping that this two-goal effort is what’s going to propel Horton into a hot streak. He’s a goal-scorer, and tallies usually come in bunches for players like Horton. Recent history indicates that a hot stretch from Horton may be on the way. Look no further to last season for proof of that. Horton scored two goals on Nov. 7, and that kick-started a six-game stretch in which he scored four goals and added four assists. A couple of months later Horton scored a pair of goals on Jan. 12. That opened an eight-game stretch in which he scored seven goals and added a couple of assists. Horton could have added another for the third hat trick of his career, but it just wasn’t meant to be as he hit the post twice on two empty-net attempts in the game’s final shift. “I mean [it would have been nice to have the hat trick], yeah but it really doesn’t matter,” Horton said. “We won the game, so everyone’s happy. That’s what matters most.” That’s the type of attitude that makes Horton a good teammate, but putting the puck in the net like he did Thursday night doesn’t hurt either. After a relatively slow start to the season, getting Horton going could play a key role in making sure the Bruins continue their winning ways.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Metta World Peace interested in coaching at St John's

Knicks want Marc Gasol, do they know what they’re asking for?

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' for Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

Angels remove Josh Hamilton banner from front of stadium

Elite Eight preview: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

Support for relocation growing among NFL powers

Mother says special needs son forced to remove varsity letter

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.