In February and March, Bruins right winger Nathan Horton failed to score a goal in 13 of 14 games. The slump indicated that he might not be welcome back in Boston after this season.
In retrospect, games in those months do not accurately reflect Horton’s value. In two of his three seasons as a Bruin, Horton has punched the turbochargers during the playoffs. Horton’s postseason presence may be too significant for the Bruins not to bring back.
Horton enters Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Bruins’ second-leading scorer behind David Krejci. Horton has seven goals and 10 assists, just 4 points off Krejci’s 9-12—21 pace. Horton leads the club with three game-winning goals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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