Horton got nailed with a late open ice hit. He did not obey the first rule of hockey, keep your head up. Rome was in the wrong and if the NHL wants to make this the standard for late hits, I am all for it. Four games in a Stanley cup final are worth at least 20 games during the regular season. Many professional pundits are lamenting that the loss of Horton is a severe blow to Boston’s cup aspirations. Yet these same wise men judged the Chara’s late hit and pole axe to be part of hockey, split second decision, wrong place at wrong time. It was Pacioretty’s fault for making a move in that area. None lamented that Pacioretty’s loss may have cost Montreal a cup. When you consider that 3 games in the Boston series went to overtime, and Pacioretty was a proven gamebreaker, its clear Montreal would have eliminated Boston and now be playing Vancouver. The NHL justice system has been a joke; let’s hope the Rome punishment is the new standard, not just a means to promote Comcast favourites.