Nathan Horton didn't play in the final three games of the Stanley Cup Final, felled by a vicious hit in Game 3 by the Canucks' Aaron Rome that left him with a concussion.
But that didn't prevent him from contributing to the Bruins' victory. Horton did his part, memorably, in previous series, scoring the winning goal during Boston's two previous Game 7 victories this postseason.
And he did his part tonight, though not as stealthly as he had hoped.
The NHL Network cameras caught Horton pouring water he brought with him from Boston on the Rogers Arena ice tonight, something he 'fessed up to during the on-ice celebration.
"Yeah, I wanted to put that on their ice and make it our ice," said Horton. "I was trying to be sneaky but I got caught by the camera."
Horton, who said he's feeling well, watched the game in the locker room, then put on his uniform and joined the celebration on the ice.
"This is the chance of a lifetime to be with my teammates,'' he said. "I couldn't miss this.''
Horton spent the first five years of his career with Florida Panthers before being traded to the Bruins in the offseason. This championship run by the Bruins marked the first time in his career he had participated in the playoffs.
"It's hard to explain how happy I am and be part of the Bruins," he said. “It’s a great organization, and I’m proud to be a part of it and to be bringing the Stanley Cup to Boston. It’s my first year here. You dream about something like this happening."