Friday, May 27, 2011

Mentally Tough Performer of the Week (Week 6) - Nathan Horton

It was a very tough choice this week. Tim Thomas and Dwayne Roloson were brilliant in Game 7. Zdeno Chara and Dennis Siedenberg were absolutely shut down D. Steven Stamkos took a shot to the face, probably broke his nose, and returned to the game quickly and was productive. Stamkos showed mental toughness coming back from that injury. His effort had to inspire his teammates. It is amazing what players will play through to win the Cup.

I am going to give the recognition as Mentally Tough Performer of the Week for Week 6 Bruins forward Nathan Horton. Horton became the first player in NHL history to score two Game 7 game winning goals in the same playoff season. A big part of being mentally tough is to come up big in the biggest games. And, Horton most definitely did come up big for the Bruins. It wasn't just the Game 7 game winner, Horton showed consistent effort and production throughout the playoffs, and was a force against Tampa. He will have his work cut out for him against Vancouver. It will be essential that Boston control the puck in the Vancouver zone and Nathan Horton with his size and skill should be up to the task.

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