Talent has never been a question with Nathan Horton. Consistency is.

Horton has the combination of size, speed and skill over which pro scouts drool. The question that dogged Horton was whether he had the focus and intensity to be a consistent player who could be counted upon in important situations.

"Yeah, and another knock was that he wasn't a good guy, too," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said sarcastically yesterday.

Not only has Horton maintained an I'm-just-happy-to-be-here perma-smile since he arrived in Boston last summer from Florida with Gregory Campbell in a trade, he has now shown the world that he thrives on the big stage.

While the 25-year-old encountered a Montreal team that was intent on not being beaten by his line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, the fact of the matter is that Horton scored two overtime game-winners in that series, including the series-winning goal in Game 7.