Jun 7, 2011 10:37 PM by Lee Douglas
BOSTON (AP) - Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has been suspended for four games by the NHL for his blindside hit that sent Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton to the hospital and shelved him for the rest of the Stanley Cup finals.
The NHL announced the suspension on Tuesday, one day after Rome flattened Horton during the first period of Boston's 8-1 victory in Game 3. Horton had just passed the puck when Rome lowered his shoulder and delivered what the Bruins saw as the kind of hit the NHL has tried to eliminate after several players sustained severe concussions.
The 26-year-old Horton, the right wing on Boston's top line, has a severe concussion and the team says he will not play again in the
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