It was a frightening hit, the kind that immediately goes viral on YouTube, the kind that can end a season if not a career. One moment Bruins right wing Nathan Horton had just delivered the puck to linemate Milan Lucic and was about to cross the blue line. The next, he was lying stunned on his back after taking a heavy shoulder check from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome, flying through the air and whacking his head on the ice.

"We talked about obviously playing for Horty,'' said Mark Recchi after Horton's injury barely five minutes in had added a sobering aspect to Boston's rousing 8-1 victory in the third game of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. "He's been a great teammate for us, been a great guy. It's tough to see your teammate laying down there on the ice.''